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  • Bismarck Ramu Group and Act Now! Fred

    Location: Papua New Guinea. Bismarck Ramu Group and Act Now! are working to protect Papua New Guinea’s (PNG’s) natural and cultural heritage. PNG is home to the world’s third largest tract of contiguous rainforest and boasts immense coastal biodiversity. More than 800 languages are spoken on the island and most peoples’ lives are intricately connected with nature. Traditionally, 97 per cent of…

  • When our land is free, we’re all free

    By Silas Kpanan'Ayoung Siakor and Jacinta Fay In the spirit of engaging with our partners please see below a blog by Silas Silas Kpanan'Ayoung Siakor and Jacinta Fay. Silas Kpanan'Ayoung Siakor is a campaigner on Community Rights and the founder of the Sustainable Development Institute/Friends of the Earth, Liberia. Jacinta Fay is a community worker and campaigner for the Community Rights…

  • Palm oil

    By Lucilla Partridge In the spirit of engaging young people who are involved in conservation, please see below a new blog from Lucilla Partridge who is giving her own perspective In this blog I am going to be talking how Palm Oil Plantations have a massive impact on our environment. It is not the Palm Oil itself that is the…

  • Sengwer update

    We recently wrote about the imminent forced evictions of Sengwer people from their forest homes in Kenya in the name of conservation. We are supporting FPP to work in this region to trial the Whakatane Mechanism which is working with indigenous peoples to develop a new approach to conservation. Last week concerns about violence and forced evictions became a reality.…

  • Eviction for “conservation”: the case of the Sengwer in Kenya

    In December, one of our partners, Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), informed us that the Sengwer are facing imminent eviction from their ancestral home in the Embobut Forest in the Cherangany Hills of Kenya. At the beginning of January, forest guards arrived in the area to begin forcibly evicting people from their homes. This is being done in the name of…

  • Mapping for Rights in the Congo Basin

    Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK) recently launched Mapping for Rights, a web-based tool developed to improve forest governance in the Congo Basin. What is it? Mapping for Rights provides geographical information on the presence of indigenous peoples and other forest communities in the Congo Basin; it maps their rights and their use of forests. It also houses information on other forest…

  • BirdLife International

    Following on from our blog that introduced our latest partners and projects, we are pleased to provide details about another of our recently funded forest projects. Synchronicity Earth is supporting BirdLife for its work in São Tomé and Principe to protect important forest habitat and its biodiversity from a proposed palm oil plantation. Click here to find out more about…

  • BirdLife International Fred

    Location: São Tomé and Principe. BirdLife is working in São Tomé and Principe to protect important forest habitat and its biodiversity from a proposed palm oil plantation. The islands of São Tomé and Principe are one of Africa’s major centres of wildlife endemism (including 28 endemic bird species). They are home to four Critically Endangered (CR) bird species. Three of which -…

  • Dyanmique des Groupes des Peuples Autochtones

    Following on from our blog that introduced our latest partners and projects, we are pleased to provide details about another of our recently funded forest projects. Synchronicity Earth is funding the Dyanmique des Groupes des Peuples Autochtones (DGPA) to develop advocacy tools that highlight the link between protecting cultural heritage and improved forest conservation through the use of participatory video.…

  • Greasing palms: tales of corruption in the forestry sector

    Indonesia’s 2010 moratorium on logging and new plantations within primary forests and peatlands is often held up as a symbol of hope for tropical forest conservation. In reality, it has been poorly observed and is therefore, largely ineffective: figures produced by Human Rights Watch suggest that illegal logging – costing the country an estimated 2 billion USD in 2011 alone…

  • How safe are Protected Areas?

    Protected Areas are sites set aside to protect particular places, ecosystems, species or cultures. Given their association with human displacements and related ecological and humanitarian impacts within and beyond their borders, critiques of Protected Areas are not new. Their conservation effectiveness is widely questioned, particularly in terms of their ability to prevent deforestation and protect important biodiversity. Their efficacy is…

  • Dynamique des Groupes des Peuples Autochtones Fred

    Location: Democratic Republic Congo (DRC). Dyanmique des Groupes des Peuples Autochones (DGPA) is working to develop advocacy tools that highlight the link between protecting cultural heritage and improved forest conservation through the use of participatory video. DGPA is a membership organisation for pygmy organisations and organisations working with pygmies (45 organisations) in ten provinces of the Democratic Republic Congo (DRC). It…

  • Joint statement of NGOs on the arrest of Virunga Park Ranger, Rodrigue Katembo Mugaruka

    We are pleased to report that  Rodrigue Mugaruka was released on 7th October 2013, after 17 days’ imprisonment. He was not charged.  For more information click here.   Press Release - 2nd October 2013 Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) - On Thursday, 19th September, Rodrigue Katembo Mugaruka a warden in Virunga National Park and recipient of the Abraham Conservation Award…

  • Land grabs Papua New Guinea

    Traditionally, around 95% of land in Papua New Guinea (PNG) has been held under customary tenure and it has been illegal for foreign companies to make deals on this land. However, between 2003 and 2011, 72 Special Agricultural and Business Leases (SABLs) covering 5.1million hectares of customary land (11% of PNG's total land area) were granted to unrepresentative landholders and…

  • Forest Peoples Programme

    Since our initial round of funding early this year, we have been carrying out further in-depth research on four of our portfolios – freshwater, tropical forests, oceans and species. Through this we have been able to extend our geograpichal coverage, scale-up support for exisiting partners and forge new relationships with on the ground environmental organisations. By tackling key focal areas…

  • Forest Peoples Programme Fred

    Location: Kenya Forest Peoples Programme is piloting an integrated approach to conservation and development with the Ogiek of Mount Elgon and the Sengwer of the Cherangany Hills, Kenya Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) works across the tropics to ensure that forest peoples are able to secure their land rights; are involved (by governments and companies) in decision-making about land-use change; and…

  • Food Choices - Part One

    A couple of weeks ago I started a blog about vegetarian week, and now, I am continuing on my journey of exploration about what we really should eat and the reasons behind food choices! What is a vegetarian? Being a vegetarian, as you may know, means not eating meat (yes, that includes poultry) and fish. Take it a step further…

  • The Goldman Environmental Prize

    In April 2013, the winners of the Goldman Prize for Environmental Excellence were announced. Awards were granted to six activists from around the world doing amazing work to protect their environment and the people that depend on it. Winners included: Jonathan Deal from South Africa, who led a successful campaign against fracking in South Africa to protect the Karoo, a…

  • Rainforest Foundation UK publishes report on commercial palm oil expansion in the Congo Basin

    Rainforest Foundation UK has published a report about the worrying expansion of commercial palm oil plantations throughout the world’s second largest rainforest, the Congo Basin.  “Seeds of Destruction” identifies half a million hectares of industrial oil palm projects that are getting underway in the Congo Basin rainforest, much of which is driven by the companies who have already destroyed forests…

  • TFT

    We're pleased to provide details about the tenth of 12 recently funded projects. Synchronicity Earth is supporting TFT (formerly the Tropical Forest Trust) to provide core support for the Centre for Social Excellence in Cameroon. Click here to read more. More to follow on Wednesday so watch this space for details on our other funded projects and new partners.

  • TFT Centre for Social Excellence Fred

    Location: Cameroon TFT (formerly the Tropical Forest Trust) addresses deforestation by working with forest companies to help them transform themselves and the stories of their products.  Whilst working with logging companies in the Congo Basin, TFT realised that whilst they were not in short supply of agronomists, foresters and biologists, there was a real lack of social expertise and understanding…

  • Ornamental Fisheries

    Ornamental fisheries (fish for the aquarium trade) are an important component of international wildlife trade. FAO has estimated that the value of the international trade for ornamental fish has increased by around 14% per year since 1985. It has been valued at approximately USD 15billion per year as a combined figure for freshwater and marine species. Developing countries account for…

  • Rioplus20 Early Outcomes

    In my last blog I covered the low expectations in the run-up to the Rio+20 Earth summit. As Rio draws to a close it seems these were borne out by events, barring an unlikely last ditch rescue operation by world leaders. Rather than analyse the shortcomings of Rio—there are plenty of people doing that—I want to ask a seemingly simple…

  • Update on Brazil’s Forest Code

    On Monday, Brazil’s President Dilma Rouseff announced the details of proposed changes to Brazil’s Forest Code, a set of rules which apply to all privately owned rural land (not only forests). The code is conservation-minded on paper (it requires landowners to keep 80% of native vegetation in the Amazon, as well as conserving biodiverse habitats such as mangroves and riverbanks)…