Do No Harm: A guide for companies sourcing from the DRC
Rebels, militias and army units have hijacked the trade in mineral ores from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), while subjecting the civilian population to massacres, rape, extortion, forced labour and forced recruitment of child soldiers. Congo's ‘conflict minerals' are laundered into the global supply chain by export houses, before being transformed into refined metals by large international smelting firms.
Return of the Blood Diamond: The deadly race to control Zimbabwe's new-found diamond wealth
Zimbabwe’s Zanu PF political and military elite are seeking to capture the country’s diamond wealth through a combination of state-sponsored violence and the legally questionable introduction of opaque joint-venture companies. The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, set up to end the trade in conflict diamonds, has repeatedly failed to react effectively to the crisis.
A near miss? Lessons learnt from the allocation of mining licences in the Gola Forest Reserve in Sierra Leone
Between 2005 and 2007, two mining licences were issued in the Gola Forest Reserve in Sierra Leone, even though the area was a proposed national park. This new report identifies weaknesses in Sierra Leone's natural resource governance and attempts to draw lessons for the future.
Lessons UNlearned: How the UN and Member States must do more to end resource-fuelled conflict
Drawing on Global Witness’ experience in Angola, Cambodia, DRC, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Sudan, this report aims to promote understanding of, and a strategy for dealing with, the problem of natural resource wealth incentivising, financing, and preventing resolution of conflicts.
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Building Confidence in REDD - Monitoring Beyond Carbon
This report is intended to inform the development of a monitoring system for REDD that goes beyond the measurement, reporting and verification of emissions reductions and carbon stored in forests (C-MRV). It identifies governance challenges and the risks presented to investment by weak governance and extensive illegality in REDD countries, and provides the rationale for a broad-based robust monitoring system.
A Decade of Experience - Lessons Learned from Independent Forest Monitoring to Inform REDD
Independent Forest Monitoring (IFM) has been developed over the last decade to monitor logging, legal compliance and forest law enforcement. Through the provision of publicly accessible, objective information on the control of activities in the forest sector, IFM addresses governance and transparency and supports forest law enforcement. IFM is, in effect, a form of systems or governance monitoring. This report presents a detailed review and analysis of lessons learned from implementing IFM in practice.
Field investigation into illegal logging in Madagascar
Important note: we have revised some of the figures in this report since it was first published. An explanation of the corrections can be read here.
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The Secret Life of a Shopaholic: How an African dictator's playboy son went on a multi-million dollar shopping spree in the U.S.
This new report from Global Witness was written with the help of investigative journalist Ken Silverstein.
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A Disharmonious Trade: China and the continued destruction of Burma's northern frontier forests
This is the third in a series of reports on illegal logging in Burma. It is based on field research carried out between 2005 and 2009 in Kachin State, along the Burma-China border, and on China's eastern seaboard. The field research is supported by an analysis of the latest trade data which shows that imports of logs and sawn wood across the land border from Burma fell by more than 70% between 2005 and 2008.
Heads in the Sand: Governments Ignore the Oil Supply Crunch and Threaten the Climate
This report argues that governments have failed to acknowledge a looming oil supply crunch. Their collective failure means we have lost a decade in which action could have been taken. Recognition of the oil supply crunch would also have injected a sense of urgency and increased ambition into climate change negotiations.
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