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World leaders gathering in London today to discuss measures to protect endangered wildlife must focus on preserving rainforest habitats as one of the best ways of stopping poaching, said Global Witness today. The UK... read more
Version francaise International schemes to protect forests are unlikely to succeed until they ensure that local civil society and communities are at the heart of forest monitoring, according to a new report published by... read more
Systematic abuse of small, poorly regulated logging permits in Africa by companies, forest officials and politicians is undermining efforts to fight deforestation and keep illegal timber out of the EU, says a new report... read more
Click here to download this report Cliquez ici pour lire ce communiqué de presse en français 简体中文 Systematic abuse of small, poorly regulated logging permits in Africa by companies, forest officials and politicians is... read more
Public access to information remains a major obstacle to saving rainforests  Commitments to improve public access to information over how forests are managed in developing countries are not being met, said Global... read more
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Global Witness available for comment An independent evaluation leaked earlier this week found that the World Bank’s support for the logging of tropical rainforests is failing in its key aims of... read more
Lack of transparency threatens groundbreaking trade agreements with EU Visit Making the Forest Sector Transparent website  Governments of African timber exporters are not providing crucial public access to... read more
By Tom Picken - read this blog on Reuters Trustlaw International efforts to protect forests and the people that live in them have failed so badly that just 20 per cent of forest remains untouched by commercial activity... read more
Britain is being urged to help close down a legal loophole that lets financiers known as "vulture funds" use courts in Jersey to claim hundreds of millions of pounds from the world's poorest countries, write Greg Palast... read more
A paradigm shift in global forest management is needed to halt tropical deforestation, said Global Witness at the start of the UN’s International Year of Forests. The status quo effectively legalises the destruction of... read more
A short film about IFM in Cameroon. Download in FLV format. Or download the individual chapters in WMV format: Introduction The Players The Mandate Forest Regulations The Control Missions The Reporting Panel Conclusion... read more
Downloads  difd2005finalprojectreview.pdf read more
Global Witness carried out Independent Forest Monitoring in Cameroon between 2000 and 2005. Our work resulted in significant improvements in forest law enforcement. This document summarises some of the achievements... read more
Mission Reports of the Independent Observer * Only French version available Date of mission Report no. Titles Companies 25.01.05 121* SSV 10 02 162 Ingénierie Forestière 16.11.04 120* None None 17. - 23.08.04... read more
UK Foreign Office Minister Baroness Amos’ current visit to Guinea, Angola and Cameroon, which takes place hot on the heels of last week’s visit by US Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Walter Kansteiner, seems... read more
World leaders gathering in London today to discuss measures to protect endangered wildlife must focus on preserving rainforest habitats as one of the best ways of stopping poaching, said Global Witness today. The UK... read more
Version francaise International schemes to protect forests are unlikely to succeed until they ensure that local civil society and communities are at the heart of forest monitoring, according to a new report published by... read more
Click here to download this report Cliquez ici pour lire ce communiqué de presse en français 简体中文 Systematic abuse of small, poorly regulated logging permits in Africa by companies, forest officials and politicians is... read more
Public access to information remains a major obstacle to saving rainforests  Commitments to improve public access to information over how forests are managed in developing countries are not being met, said Global... read more
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Global Witness available for comment An independent evaluation leaked earlier this week found that the World Bank’s support for the logging of tropical rainforests is failing in its key aims of... read more
Lack of transparency threatens groundbreaking trade agreements with EU Visit Making the Forest Sector Transparent website  Governments of African timber exporters are not providing crucial public access to... read more
A paradigm shift in global forest management is needed to halt tropical deforestation, said Global Witness at the start of the UN’s International Year of Forests. The status quo effectively legalises the destruction of... read more
Downloads  difd2005finalprojectreview.pdf read more
UK Foreign Office Minister Baroness Amos’ current visit to Guinea, Angola and Cameroon, which takes place hot on the heels of last week’s visit by US Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Walter Kansteiner, seems... read more
Systematic abuse of small, poorly regulated logging permits in Africa by companies, forest officials and politicians is undermining efforts to fight deforestation and keep illegal timber out of the EU, says a new report... read more
Global Witness carried out Independent Forest Monitoring in Cameroon between 2000 and 2005. Our work resulted in significant improvements in forest law enforcement. This document summarises some of the achievements... read more
Mission Reports of the Independent Observer * Only French version available Date of mission Report no. Titles Companies 25.01.05 121* SSV 10 02 162 Ingénierie Forestière 16.11.04 120* None None 17. - 23.08.04... read more
By Tom Picken - read this blog on Reuters Trustlaw International efforts to protect forests and the people that live in them have failed so badly that just 20 per cent of forest remains untouched by commercial activity... read more
Britain is being urged to help close down a legal loophole that lets financiers known as "vulture funds" use courts in Jersey to claim hundreds of millions of pounds from the world's poorest countries, write Greg Palast... read more
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