Preventing Rape in the Congo Fights Deforestation—Here’s How

Eco Chic

Tackling sexual violence against women in the Congo is a direct way to fight deforestation. . Let me explain: Africa’s Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is home to the second-largest tropical rainforest in the world, second only to that of the Amazon Basin. Both of these rainforests combined make up what is known as the ‘lungs of the planet’; the Amazon being the right, Congo the left. . We all may be carrying a piece of Congo around in our pockets.

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Cuckoo for Congo

10,000 Birds

Yet now it’s been discovered they are all now relatively close, in the Congo rainforest, despite having travelled around 3,000 miles south. Back in August we linked to an article about cuckoos that had GPS transmitters attached to them in England and how they had taken widely divergent paths to get to Africa.

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Jordanian Company Buys 25% Of Congo Forest

Green Prophet

An Islamic bank in Jordan has bought up over a quarter of the Congo forest for ‘sustainable projects’ When I first read about the acquisition of 500,000 hectres of high value forest in the Democratic Republic of Congo by an Islamic investment bank in Jordan, I thought one thing: land grab. Images of Congo forest via bobulix/flickr. Food & Health Africa land grab Congo deforestation forests Islamic banking land grabs

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Meet the Elephant Conservation Heroes of the Congo Basin.

Elephant Journal

Africa congo elephant poaching mariah wilson Silent ForestsSidonie, one of Cameroon’s first female eco-guards, is kinda my hero: Adventure Enlightened Society Right Livelihood Z ADMIN Enlightened Society Today Only. Z ADMIN Green Featured Today Z Arts & Culture Today Only.

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Norway Leads Global Effort to Protect Congo Basin

Eccorazzi

An agreement between nations in Africa and Europe will set for a comprehensive plan to protect the Congo Basin, the second biggest rainforest in the world. Leading the way is Read More The post Norway Leads Global Effort to Protect Congo Basin appeared first on Ecorazzi. Causes Environment News Top News

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Why Congo Soldiers Use Rape As a War Tactic (and What Your Smartphone Has to Do With It)

Eco Chic

When not at home in New York, Chouchou works in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, or what the United Nations has called “the rape capital of the world.” When the Second Congo War erupted in 1998, Chouchou noticed a new phenomenon. We tried to look for words, appropriate words to talk about it in media; we couldn’t find it in the local languages from Congo. A New War Tactic In Congo . Chouchou Namegabe at home in New York. Photo by Svetlana Jovanovic. “I

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Ben Affleck Making 7th Congo Charity Trip in November

Eccorazzi

With news that Ben Affleck is about to undertake his 7th trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo, I’m easily convinced that this guy is in the same league as Read More The post Ben Affleck Making 7th Congo Charity Trip in November appeared first on Ecorazzi.

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Ben Affleck Discusses Child Survival in the Congo

Eccorazzi

Ben Affleck calls on leaders and donors to put an end to conflict and embrace peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Read More. Causes News People Top News ben affleck

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ORPHANED OTTER IS AN AMBASSADOR FOR CONSERVATION IN THE CONGO

Green (Living) Review

Isle of Skye, Scotland, 12/21/2010: Since mid-February otter conservation organisation, the International Otter Survival Fund, have been helping missionaries in the Democratic Republic of Congo to raise an orphaned Congo Clawless Otter. Due to commercial hunting for meat and fur, the Congo Clawless Otter population numbers has undergone severe decline. The message simply read, A hunter brought a dead female Congo Clawless Otter from the forest today.

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WATCH: Animated Story of Ben Affleck’s Eastern Congo Initiative

Eccorazzi

For years actor and director Ben Affleck has been working to help fight violence and poverty through his organization the Eastern Congo Initiative. Read More The post WATCH: Animated Story of Ben Affleck’s Eastern Congo Initiative appeared first on Ecorazzi. Causes News People Top News ben affleck

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MAPPING OUR FUTURE: A STORY OF THE CONGO BASIN PEOPLE'S FIGHT TO SAVE THE RAINFOREST

Green (Living) Review

The minute I met them I immediately understood they were in danger,everybody dominates them’ Accessing and using the forests upon which they depend for survival is one of the main challenges faced by local communities in the Congo Basin rainforests, especially for indigenous 'Pygmies'. Maps of the Congo Basin often make it appear empty of human settlement, giving rise to the erroneous belief that these lands are an unoccupied 'wilderness' available for others to use. WATCH HERE. ‘

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CONGO BASIN RAINFORESTS ON BORROWED TIME AS OIL PALM DEVELOPMENT NUMBERS SURGE

Green (Living) Review

Approximately two-thirds of the total forest area of the Congo Basin’s forests – 115 million hectares – is believed to have suitable soil and climate for growing oil palms. Amongst other examples, Seeds of Destruction details the case of Atama Plantations SARL, which will create the largest oil palm plantation in the Congo Basin at 180,000 hectares and catapult its owners, a Malaysian ‘pipe-coating specialist’ firm, into the top ten global palm oil producers.

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TOMS Shoes Talks With Ben Affleck About Eastern Congo Initiative

Eccorazzi

Ben Affleck is in the hot seat for the latest edition of TOMS Shoes “One for One&# video series, talking about his Eastern Congo Initiative and why supporting the region is so important to him.

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Javier Bardem Talks Women in the Congo for Mother’s Day

Eccorazzi

New dad Javier Bardem teamed up with the organization Raise Hope for Congo for Mother’s Day to talk about the sexual violence facing women in that region. In the video John Prendergast tells us that “The highest rates of sexual violence against against women and girls occur in the Congo.&# Bardem, the self proclaimed mama’s boy, said, “Rape as a weapon is something that happens in the Congo and it’s incredible to think about that.

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Selena Gomez Traveling to the Congo for UNICEF

Eccorazzi

Selena Gomez is taking a trip to Africa and not just for pleasure, but to help others. Read More. Causes News People Top News selena gomez

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This is what Happens when we Can’t Look Genocide in the Eye.

Elephant Journal

Editor's Picks Enlightened Society Equal Rights Bosnia congo genocide global politics holocause denial Holocaust media politics Rohingya Rwanda Syria YemenJust as we failed to face up to what was happening in the Holocaust, we have continued to bury our heads in the sand.

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Robin Wright’s Pour Les Femmes Pajamas Benefit Women in Distress

Eco Chic

Proceeds from Pour Les Femmes sleepwear —co-founded by House of Cards’ Robin Wright and designer Karen Fowler—benefit women in The Democratic Republic of Congo who have been victims of violence. A series of interviews in 2012 showed that 34% of men in Congo admit to having raped women, 61.4% Fair Fashion comfort congo ethical ethical fashion nightgowns pajamas Pour Les Femmes Robin Wright sleepwear women women's rights

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Humans of Humanity: Humans of New York Photographer Goes on World Tour. {Photos}

Elephant Journal

Arts & Culture Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Z ADMIN Entertainment & Culture Featured Today brandon stanton Democratic Republic of the Congo humanity humans of new york Iraq Jordan Kenya people photography South Sudan uganda Ukraine war Brandon Stanton, the creator of the wildly popular blog/slash/social media phenom, Humans of New York is on the road, visiting 11 countries on a tour sponsored by the United Nations.

How Women’s Rights and Environmental Destruction Go Hand-in-Hand

Eco Chic

Just as adolescent boys high-five each other in high school locker-rooms in the United States, bragging about “popping the cherry” of freshman girls, shooting bullets from AK-47’s into women’s vaginas in the Congo is how men conquer land — land that is ravaged for minerals to power our cell-phone and electric car batteries here in the West. . (Image courtesy of Pixabay). We’ve got it all wrong — Our efforts to conquer nature have brought us to the brink of ecological collapse.

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Saving Elephants, One Vial of Scat at a Time

Wend Magazine

After two years in the works, we’re kicking off the Elephant Ivory Project in earnest on Sunday morning when Andy Maser and I fly to Kinshasha, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, with a case of collection vials and the goal of saving a species. Get the FREE Wend Digital Edition! Magazine Blog iWend Greenery Digital Edition Wend Your Way Subscribe iWend What is iWend?

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Agriculture and Water Connect Israel to Africa

Green Prophet

Israel recently launched a mission to Ghana and is considering reopening its embassy in RDC Congo. Business & Politics Food & Health Water agriculture Congo Egypt Ethiopia Israel Netanyahu Nile River Sudan Uganda waterIsrael’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Danny Ayalon, landed on Monday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He continued on to Uganda and Kenya, where he will inaugurate two Israeli-cooperation projects in agriculture and health.

The Green Buzz: Tuesday, January 14

Conservancy Talk

Tropical forests play a large role in precipitation around the world and in Congo, they’re bolstered by the eating & excreting of the forest elephant. ( Emperor penguins are climbing cliffs to avoid climate change and forest elephants are making it rain in today’s #greennews. Four colonies of iconic emperor penguins were spotted climbing cliffs to avoid increasingly rampant ice melt. Mother Nature Network.

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Down the Ivory Road | Wend Magazine - iWend

Wend Magazine

We arrived in Kinshasa on Monday exhausted from 36 hours of transit and found the Congo just as hot as we left it two years ago. With Balongelwa’s blessing, we’re heading some 500 miles up the Congo River to Kisangani tomorrow morning. Get the FREE Wend Digital Edition! Magazine Blog iWend Greenery Digital Edition Wend Your Way Subscribe iWend What is iWend?

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WATCH: Robin Wright Campaigns Against Conflict Minerals

Eccorazzi

Robin Wright recently visited eastern Congo with the organization Raise Hope for Congo, and is now back and asking companies to quit using conflict minerals. Read More. Causes News People Top News Video robin wright

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Watch the Fiery Eruption of Mount Nyamulagira

Wend Magazine

Mount Nyamulagira stands in Virunga Park —a 3,000 square mile National Park in eastern Congo known for its incredible biodiversity that includes rare birds, mammals and critically endangered mountain gorillas. If a trip to the Congo isn’t in the cards, the above video of the eruption may suffice. Click here to view the embedded video.

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World birding from a Schrödinger’s house

10,000 Birds

Democratic Republic of Congo 1185 11. What I truly hate about the pandemic is that it mentally puts me back into the 1990s in the Balkans.

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Highschool kids develop algae superfood to feed Africa’s hungry

Green Prophet

Since its original inception, the Tel Aviv high school project has expanded to actual involvement with African countries like Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Beginning originally on South Africa, the project is also being tried in Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo, where more than 1.5 Republic of the Congo. Algae as superfood?

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Exploring the Uncharted Bird World

10,000 Birds

601-800 sp: Canada, Costa Rica, Panama; Russia; Guinea, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo (Brazzaville), Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa; Laos, New Guinea (PNG); Australia. 1101-1200 sp: Mexico; Argentina; DR Congo (Kinshasa), Tanzania, Kenya; India. Summer is normally the vacation season, for ordinary tourists at least.

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3 global reports on climate change we can’t ignore

Green Prophet

This is no longer a warning, we are now experiencing the impacts of climate breakdown on a daily basis, from the wildfires in The Congo, California and Australia to the devastating floods in Europe,” says May Boeve, Chief Executive of 350.org said. . Greta is not going to be happy. Three stark reports on the rising carbon emissions and impacts on global temperatures have been released in the last week.

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“Wild Rwanda – Where to watch birds, primates, and other wildlife”

10,000 Birds

At the time of writing, Rwanda had 25 endemic birds (nowadays 27 to 29, depending on the taxonomy), but among the 26 mentioned and described is also the one that is not – yet – among them: the Congo Bay-owl , not confirmed for the country and recorded only in the guerilla infested montane forests of the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo. Forget the old news, Rwanda of today is one of Africa’s safest, cleanest and most stable countries.

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Down the Ivory Road: Into Obenge

Wend Magazine

We just arrived this morning and I already want to leave Kisangani, a city of 700,000 in the center of Congo’s jungle. One thing we do know is African elephant numbers are dropping, and a lot of ivory is coming from the Congo.” A cholera outbreak started in the city last week and left 27 dead—200 more cases have been reported. Andy and I are with Terese and John Hart, conservationists who have been working in the DRC for 30 years. They’ve agreed to help us plan our mission.

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Hear Robin Wright Talk About The Conflict Free Campus Initiative at Georgetown

Eccorazzi

Robin Wright just got back from the eastern Congo, a trip she took with the organization Raise Hope for Congo. area, at the Raise Hope for Congo website. Now, she’s ready to share her experience and inspire others to help end the use of conflict minerals. Robin Wright and John Prendergast will be speaking on why student activism matters at a free event at Georgetown University on September 14th as a part of the Conflict Free Campus Initiative. Want to be there?

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Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan among the world’s hungriest countries (UN report)

Green Prophet

Conflict and civil insecurity are also primary drivers of food insecurity in Burundi, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Yemen and parts of Myanmar and Nigeria. Yemen — Village in the Manakhah District of the Sana’a Governorate in the Haraz Mountains.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of April 2019)

10,000 Birds

But his best of the weekend was easily a bird that he was amazed he could see in Barbados, the long-staying Eurasian Spoonbill that he spotted in its usual hangout, a private impoundment on Congo Road. Easter weekend means many things to many people, but most of us with school-age children in the United States can’t help but link this floating holiday with travel, seeing as how so many K-12 schools use the weekend anchor their Spring Break.

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2012: Thousands facing displacement due to Middle Eastern land grab

Green Prophet

From Ethiopia, Tanzania and the Congo, I look back on what has been bad year for land grabs. Congo. In May, we reported that an Islamic bank in Jordan, Sanabel, has bought up over a quarter of a Congo forest for ‘sustainable projects’. Jordanian Bank Buys One Quarter of a Congo Forest. Back in early 2012, Human Right Watch warned that tens of thousands of Ethiopians were being made destitute so their land could be leased to foreign investors such as Gulf Arab states.

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Phone Co-op brings first ethical smartphone to UK market

Green (Living) Review

Working with the Conflict-Free Tin Initiative and the Solutions for Hope Tantalum Project to source minerals in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Fairphone team hopes to provide alternatives for miners in conflict-affected regions where militia have seized many of the valuable mines.

10 refugees heading to Rio as first-ever nation-less Olympic team

Green Prophet

The team of ten includes one athlete from Ethiopia, two each from Syria and Congo, and five from South Sudan, who will compete in judo, swimming, and track and field events. Yolande Bukasa Mabika (F): Country of origin – Democratic Republic of the Congo; host NOC – Brazil; sport – judo, -70kg. Popole Misenga (M): Country of origin – Democratic Republic of the Congo; host NOC – Brazil; sport – judo, -90kg.

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Pochers Caught

Wend Magazine

After hours of heated discussion with the lead trapper, a man with a CITES permit authorizing live collections in a different region of Congo (not the reserve), John called Congo’s wildlife management agency. We’d been in Congo for three weeks and didn’t have a single sample to show for it. There was a shootout.

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Rwanda Looks to National Parks as Part of a Peaceful, Hopeful Future

Nature Conservancy - Science

The combination of hairpin turns and ubiquitous fog wreak havoc on the bald tires of the trucks shifting commerce across the Rwanda/Burundi/Democratic Republic of Congo boarders straddled by and accessed through the park. The Congo River flows out from an upland peat bog protected by Nyungwe National Park, straddling Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 1994, Rwanda made global news headlines as a horrific genocide against the Tutsi population unfolded.

Poachers Caught

Wend Magazine

After hours of heated discussion with the lead trapper, a man with a CITES permit authorizing live collections in a different region of Congo (not the reserve), John called Congo’s wildlife management agency. We’d been in Congo for three weeks and didn’t have a single sample to show for it. There was a shootout.

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Opportunities in Carbon Forestry

Celsias

Disney is in this space for carbon offsetting in the voluntary carbon market with two projects in Peru and Democratic Republic of Congo. Conservation International Executive VP Jennifer Morris talks about carbon forestry- the upsides, the possibilities, the tenure and the financing. First mover companies needed in this space because this is not yet monetised in the US market

‘Solitaire’: a New Film from Sweetgrass Productions

Wend Magazine

But unlike Conrad’s tale of travel through the dark African continent along the Congo River, Waggoner leads viewers of his film from the shadows into the light. The new film by Nick Waggoner and Sweetgrass Productions is nothing short of stunning. Not since his groundbreaking ski movie Signatures have snow sports been so profoundly elevated from mere adventure to art.

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CHOCOLATE LOVERS URGED TO HELP SAVE THE WORLD’S RAINFORESTS THIS EASTER

Green (Living) Review

Having destroyed vast areas of forest in countries such as Indonesia, palm oil companies are now planning to expand in the rainforests of the Congo Basin in Africa. According to a recent RFUK report Seeds of Destruction , 1 million acres of rainforest in the Congo Basin is currently being developed by palm oil producers, and with 284 million acres of suitable soil in the region, developers are actively seeking large sites now.