Rainforest Foundation UK News
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At yesterday's session of the House of Lords, Lord Eden of Winton posed a question regarding the world's rainforests and the possible impacts their destruction has on indigenous communities and the environment. We commend Lord Eden for raising this question and the instigation of the brief debate that ensued. The question in full is pasted below and a full transcript can be downloaded by clicking the below link or viewed at Read More (also below).
Asked By Lord Eden of Winton: To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of the effect of logging operations in the rainforests of Africa, Asia and South America; and what is the likely impact on the indigenous human, plant and animal life.
This week the Rainforest Foundation UK is taking part in UK's largest cross-charity campaign, Remember a Charity Week, which runs this week from 12th - 18th September.
We're not asking for a donation, we're simply asking you to think about us and hopefully, when the time is right, after taking care of your loved ones, you'll remember us in your will and help our work live on.
The week sees over 140 charities from around the country coming together to highlight the importance of gifts left to charities in wills. Charitable donations in wills are the foundation of many of Britain's charities, creating nearly £2 billion each year, the equivalent of 25 Comic Reliefs. Without this income most charities' services would suffer; others would simply not exist.
To mark the week the Rainforest Foundation UK has joined a number of charities across the country to create the largest ever version of the traditional Memory Game at seven iconic locations in London, Glasgow, York, Cambridge, Birmingham, Bristol and Brighton. But where the traditional memory game involved players memorising objects as they are removed one-by-one from a tray, this real-life version will involve people and objects representing charities such as the Rainforest Foundation UK. We will link to the game as soon as it goes live.
See how a gift in your will can make a difference HERE.
The plight of thousands of indigenous peoples facing the destruction of their rainforest homes and surrounding lands by a series of mega dams being scheduled for the Peruvian Amazon (as well as areas of the Amazon in Brazil and Bolivia) is the subject of a feature article in today's edition of Metro. The Rainforest Foundation UK only supports peaceful opposition to the dams' construction and is working on a campaign based on protecting the legal rights of the Ashaninka communities in Peru. If you'd like to read more about our campaign or our project work in Peru, please click the link below.
RFUK recently carried out a series of training workshops in the Central African Republic to strengthen indigenous peoples, NGOs and national authorities in their understanding of indigenous peoples' rights and mechanisms for the implementation and monitoring of ILO Convention No. 169. RFUK is currently the only international NGO supporting the process of implementing C169 in CAR, the first country to ratify the Convention in Africa. The workshops specifically addressed the issue of consultation, and other key issues such as criteria for identifying indigenous peoples, rights to lands and resources and the system of supervision of ILO conventions. About 55 people participated, from indigenous communities (BaAka and Mbororo), ministerial departments, MPs, academics, trade unions, private companies and NGOs. You can read a summary of the workshops including our work in the CAR in relation to C169, or download the final report from the training week by clicking the links below.
After the amazing success of last year's event, the Rainforest Foundation UK will again be hosting an amazing online auction event called 12 Days of Christmas. Auction lots, which will include an array of very desirable gift items available to online bidders wanting to score hot gift items for their friends and family while helping a good cause, have been generously donated by celebrities, luxury labels and big name brands who want to help raise money to protect the world's rainforests. Everything kicks off from Tuesday November 15th from the RFUK eBay shop at www.ebay.co.uk/12days.
A big congratulations to everyone who came along to Sunday's 4 Seasons Challenge summer event at Hackney Marshes! From runners to volunteers, spectators to officials, the day was a great success and we'd like to extend a big thank you to all! A photo gallery of the day will be available online shortly, so stay tuned! Well done!
The Congo Basin is home to millions of people dependent on the forests to provide shelter, food, water and medicine, as well as being home to thousands of rare and endangered species, some of which are found nowhere else on Earth.
But the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) may soon lift a ban on the allocation of new areas of forest for logging operations. Along with the areas already identified for logging, this could open up 250,000 square kilometres of forest for logging and eventual destruction. This is the equivalent to an area the size of the UK!
We need your support today to put pressure on the Congolese Government and the World Bank to keep the current ban on logging in place, to prevent irreversible damage to wildlife habitat, and to help local communities gain greater control of the forest in which they live.
To donate to our appeal click here.
To sign our petition click here.
Rainforest Foundation UK have confirmed a partnership with Netcycler, a new free internet service that allows to you swap and give away unwanted items launching in the UK this week. Netcycler is hoping people will sign up at www.netcycler.co.uk and get involved with swapping that feels like shopping. By creating matches between offers and wishes, all people need to do is list what they want to get rid of and what they would like in return. People can also donate the purchase price obtained from goods through Netcycler to the Rainforest Foundation UK and in so doing, helping to protect the rainforests of the world from further destruction. This partnership will not only help raise funds for the Rainforest Foundation UK, but also promotes the re-use of secondhand goods and the reduction of waste.
RFUK has just released the second edition of the Programmes Newsletter. In this edition, we focus on our recently launched work to support indigenous Asháninka communities in Peru to uphold their rights in the face of the proposed construction of huge hydroelectric dams on their territory. The threat to forest communities in general, and indigenous communities in particular, from large hydroelectric dams is becoming ever more present as part of the search for alternative forms of energy. In this edition, we explore some of the challenges in terms of environmental sustainability and human rights, that the construction of dams poses, focusing on the particular case of the Asháninka of the Ene River Valley in Peru, which RFUK have been supporting for many years, as well as providing some highlights from our other work over the last 3 months. You can view the newsletter by clicking on the language of your choice below: