Friend of the Earth’s initiative aims to slow down destruction of the world’s second-largest rainforest
Friend of the Earth, the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that promotes sustainable agriculture and farming methods, has launched a petition seeking to stop the deforestation activities of rubber and palm oil companies in the Congo Basin’s tropical forest. The petition is intended to communicate with government authorities in the region that have granted concessions to multinational corporations with little regard for transparency, and in some cases in violation of laws written to protect forests—often to devastating effect for local communities.
“There has to be transparency, accountability and changes in practices,” said Paolo Bray, Director of Friend of the Earth. “There are ways to harvest rubber and palm oil without destroying the entire ecosystem.” Friend of the Earth is hoping to draw attention to the issue on March 21, which is the International Day of Forests.
The companies involved in the deforestation are head quartered outside of Congo. They trade internationally. Friend of the Earth is basing this initiative on comparable efforts that have led other companies to stop expanding their activities and deforestation. Illegal logging and charcoal production are also contributing to deforestation. The governments of Congo, Gabon, Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of the Congo can potentially control or stop the most destructive practices.
While tough global economic conditions have prevented rapid devastation in the past, new rising global demand is likely to change, with the region unprepared to handle the consequences.
You can read and sign the petition at http://chng.it/z424zdYpk4