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Roots Newsletter August 2020: feminist demands at HLPF and beyond through Women2030

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Women2030 project group photo in Bolivia. CIPCA

Dear friends,

With many of you still in lockdown and experiencing significant economic, emotional and health-related challenges, we’d like to reassert our message of solidarity to our members and allies. We wish you good health and hope that you are able to access the support you and your families and friends need in these uncertain times.

Despite the fact that many of us have been confined to our homes throughout much of the past four months, our campaigns and projects have managed to adapt to the new circumstances and continue to build momentum. During the (online) High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) in July 2020, our work over the past four years under the Women2030 programme culminated with the publication of two key reports. Coinciding with discussions on SDG5 on gender equality and “building back better” after COVID-19, we released a report on women’s rights in Latin America, based on gender assessments carried out by GFC member groups in five countries. This regional report fed directly into the Women2030 global report, which was published shortly afterwards during an HLPF side event and brought together the huge diversity of work and activism that has taken place under the programme.

Our climate campaign has also produced some key publications over the past few months, in particular Forest Cover 61 as part of the #OurNatureIsNotYourSolution campaign, that targeted the Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) attempts to turn International Day for Biodiversity into a pro Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) greenwashing event. Soon after, the climate campaign also published a new case study with our member group FASE on climate finance for tree plantations, looking at how the Global Environment Facility (GEF) is supporting eucalyptus plantations for charcoal production in Brazil. The case study was launched ahead of a well-attended webinar that discussed our other recent climate finance investigations.

As fire season picks up again in South America with more devastating reports of the impacts of land clearance for livestock and feedstock production, our livestock campaign has launched a petition with allies Synergia Animal and Feedback calling for international development banks to stop financing the industrial livestock sector. Please help us to spread this petition far and wide! In addition, our livestock campaign held a successful webinar series on alternatives to industrial livestock production, with regional webinars in Latin America, Asia and Africa, and ending with a global webinar. A report was also published on International Day of Peasant Struggle based on the conclusions of three face-to-face dialogues on livestock that took place earlier this year and at the end of 2019.

You will also enjoy reading two more key publications, which are our 2019 Annual Report and a report on the Extractive Industries, Tourism and Infrastructure (ETI) campaign workshop that took place in Indonesia in February this year . In other ETI-related news, the campaign also hosted a webinar taking stock of recent Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) developments, and how countries globally are being affected.

We are pleased to announce that Wolfgang Kuhlmann (ARA, Germany) is our new board member for Europe and North America, and takes over from Rachel Smolker (Biofuelwatch, USA). On behalf of the whole coalition we’d like to say a big thank you to Rachel for the time and energy you have invested as a GFC board member over the past few years!

The coalition continues to grow in strength, and we welcome ten new member groups: Navrachna, India; Centro de Capacitación y Investigación de la Mujer Campesina de Tarija (CCIMCAT), Bolivia; Mulheres em Ação no Pantanal (Mupan), Brazil; Asociación Amazónicos por la Amazonía (AMPA), Peru; Karaganda Eco-center, Kazakhstan; Aleyne+, Kyrgyzstan; Green Regions, Georgia; Coordinadora Ecuatoriana de organizaciones para la Defensa de la Naturaleza y el Medio Ambiente (CEDENMA), Ecuador; Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society Ottawa Valley Chapter (CPAWS-OV), Canada; and Front Commun pour la Protection de l’Environment et des Espaces Protégés (FCPEEP), DRC.

Finally, we share the sad news that our colleague Tesfaye Tola, who represented our member group MELCA in Ethiopia during GFC meetings and events in Paraguay, South Africa and Kenya, has suddenly passed away. The world has lost a passionate fighter for biodiversity and community rights. May his soul rest in peace, but may his wisdom and passion for protecting sacred sites and community conservation in Ethiopia live forever.

In solidarity,

The GFC team



Latin America report: gender assessments reveal gap between real life and the UN’s good intentions (7 July) Women2030 global shadow report: Gender equality on the ground (15 July)

International Day of Peasant Struggle // Industrial meat production: reshaping the world in its own image (17 April)

Forest Cover 61: #OurNatureIsNotYourSolution, International Day for Biological Diversity (22 May)

Climate finance for bioenergy and tree plantations is fueling conflicts with communities in Brazil (25 May)

Koronivia joint work on agriculture submission with Women and Gender Constituency (27 May)

Workshop report: Extractive Industries, Tourism and Infrastructure campaign regional meeting in Asia (1 June)

GFC Annual Report 2019: Forest protection through rights-based action and advocacy (1 July)

From the blog

Respect for women’s rights at stake: The gap between real life and the UN’s good intentions (7 July) Time to turn the tide on industrial animal farming: path towards post-pandemic sustainable food systems (28 May)

Our Nature is Not Your Solution – and FAO’s Plantations are even less of a Solution! (22 May)


32 organisations worldwide call on BlackRock to drop Drax (23 March)

250 organisations demand red lines for aviation bailouts (6 April)

Environmental groups condemn Estonia’s rejection of ‘climate and biodiversity centered’ forestry impact assessment (8 April)

Indigenous Sami under threat from logging in Sweden (22 April)

Women’s Major Group on COVID-19 and the environment: support real solutions that respect human rights (15 May)

Action alert: join us to oppose nature-based solutions greenwash on International Day for Biological Diversity (16 May)

Environmental groups denounce deeply flawed EU consultation on the Climate Target Roadmap 2030 (23 June)

Open letter: International development banks must stop funding industrial livestock farming (2 July)

Letter of concern to the European Investment Bank (EIB) to stop finance for industrial livestock production (22 July)

Action alert! Development banks: Stop investing in industrial animal agriculture (6 August)

On International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, celebrate pastoralism as an alternative to unsustainable livestock production (9 August)

Solidarity with the Mapuche People (10 August)


Webinar series: Unsustainable livestock farming and its alternatives in a time of COVID-19 (April-July)

Webinar: Climate finance for tree plantations and bioenergy – why these false solutions must not be subsidised with public money (26 May)

Webinar on the Belt and Road Initiative: Impacts on forests and communities (20 July)

Power shift – Gender equality from the ground up (15 July)

Members’ News

Latin American and Caribbean Platform for Climate Justice: Global Launch

Helena Paul, EcoNexus: Looking beyond the pandemic: Agroecology, and the need to rethink our food system

denkhausbremen: Forests under Pressure: Why the Bioeconomy Threatens our Ecosystems

Brighter Green Statement on World Environment Day: A New Relationship with Animals, Nature, and Ourselves

Good Food Fund (Brighter Green partner in China): Recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation’s 2020 Food System Vision Prize

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31 Aug, 2020
Posted in Roots