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We are the Real Forest Heroes Message to the XIV World Forestry Congress from the Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities

Posted 23rd September 2015 in Blog, Forests

By Souparna Lahiri*

During the Global Forest Coalition (GFC)’s Fostering Community Conservation Conference in Durban, South Africa (31 August-4 September, 2015), just days before the World Forestry Congress (WFC) (7-11 September, 2015), Diego Cardona, the Chairperson, said: “Contrary to what is assumed in many international policy processes, local communities are not threats to forests, they don’t over-exploit them; they are actually the ones who have maintained these territories and guaranteed that they continue to exist and need policy support to continue their …

Community Conservation Resilience Initiative (CCRI) Preliminary Report

Posted 27th August 2015 in biodiversity, community conservation resilience initiative

The aim of the Community Conservation Resilience Initiative (CCRI) is to contribute to the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s 2011-2020 Strategic Plan and Aichi Targets, by providing policy advice on effective and appropriate forms of support for community conservation.

The project is documenting and reviewing the findings of bottom up, participatory assessments of up to 60 communities in at least 20 different countries, assessing the resilience of community conservation initiatives and the support that should be provided to strengthen …

The Devastating Plantation Plans of the World Bank Forest Investment Program

Posted 26th May 2015 in Blog, Climate, Forests, Plantations, REDD

By Simone Lovera

Sometimes you expect the worst, and you are not disappointed.

When the World Bank Forest Investment Program (FIP) was established 6 years ago, we were skeptic to say the least, as Global Forest Coalition. The World Bank had funded (and continues to fund) numerous projects with a devastating impact on forests and forest dependent peoples. Putting them in charge of what is until now the largest global fund to invest in projects to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest …

Bioenergy and Forests

Posted 15th April 2015 in Biomass and Bioenergy, Blog, Forests

This editorial is part of Forest Cover issue nº47. If you want to read or download the rest of the articles please go to

By Rachel Smolker, Biofuelwatch, USA

Board member of the Global Forest Coalition

Forests continue to be caught in the climate crosshairs. On the one hand, REDD and forest offsets are promoted as ‘protecting carbon sinks’, with the potential to create profits for carbon market players. On the other hand, subsidies and targets for renewable energy continue …

NEW REPORT – A Global Overview of Wood-based Bioenergy: Production, Consumption, Trends and Impacts

Posted 10th December 2014 in agrofuels, bio energy, biodiversity, Forests

Lima, Perú – In the context of the different international negotiations, including the current UNFCCC’s COP20, bioenergy and an entire bioeconomy are promoted as solutions to climate and economic crisis. Underlying this is the premise that endless economic growth can and must be sustained, and that we can resolve these crises by simply substituting fossil for biological energy sources. This misguided approach distracts attention from real solutions, which must address the grossly unsustainable over­ consumption …

Protect Gariwong Mountain – Letter to the International Olympic Committee

Posted 17th October 2014 in biodiversity, Blog, CBD COPs, Forests

the International Olympic Committee
Château de Vidy, Case postale 356 1001 Lausanne
Switzerland. Phone +41 21 621 61 11
Dear Madam, Sir,
On behalf of Friends of the Earth International and the Global Forest Coalition we call on you to save the unique virgin forest at Mount Gariwang, which is currently threatened by destruction to make way for an Alpine Ski course at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. We know the International Olympic Committee has made a binding commitment …

Appeal to India & to the UN on Forest Communities’ Biodiversity & Human Rights based Development

Posted 14th October 2014 in biodiversity, Blog, Forests

Contact-address of this appeal: , Friends of the Earth Finland

We appeal to India and to the UN governing bodies on human rights and biodiversity to ensure that the rights and protection of India’s vulnerable forest communities and biodiverse environment are not violated. We appeal to ensure that India allows no regress or removal of the legal safeguards set for these vulnerable communities’ rights or environment under the Forest Rights Act (FRA) or other laws of India – and that:

46th issue of Forest Cover, the newsletter of the Global Forest Coalition

Posted 8th October 2014 in biodiversity, Climate change, COP19, Forests, Indigenous Peoples, REDD

In this new issue of Forest Cover 46 you will find an interesting editorial on the views of civil society in the Pacific about the 3rd United Nations Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) Conference, followed by a report from former GFC’s chairperson Miguel Lovera who attended the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Committee on Forestry (COFO) in Rome last June. Likewise, Anatoly Lebedev from Russia brings some insights …

About ICCAs, climate change and perverse incentives for biodiversity conservation

Posted 7th October 2014 in biodiversity, Blog, Community Conservation

The unexpected freeze in South Korea that turned the 12th Biodiversity Conference of the Parties into a very chilly experience made it once again clear why climate change impacts us all. And sadly, the impacts of climate change will be and already are a lot more serious than cold conference rooms.

Indigenous and community conserved territories and areas (ICCAs) play a key role in climate change mitigation and adaptation, and in the implementation of Aichi target 15 on ecosystem resilience.

There is …

GFC’s Annual Report 2013

Posted 18th July 2014 in bio energy, biodiversity, COP19, Forests, Indigenous Peoples, market based approaches, REDD


We are happy to bring to you our Annual Report for  the year 2013.Find out about our work and the development of our campaigns spanning from India to Colombia and beyond!