HYDERABAD, INDIA - The International biodiversity talks comes to a close today with a focus on false solutions to biodiversity loss and favoring corporate polluters over people and the planet.
One of the main themes at the talks was the 'financialization' of nature – a way for corporations to plunder the planet while making profits.
The natural heritage of the UNESCO city of Dubrovnik is threatened by plans to build a hydroelectric power-plant at the source of city's river Ombla – a potential Natura 2000 area with rich biodiversity, and the source of drinking water for Dubrovnik city.
Friends of the Earth Croatia, Friends of the Earth Europe and local citizen's initiative Srđ je naš, expressed concern at a press conference today, calling for greater public participation in the project.
The cultural and natural heritage of the UNESCO city of Dubrovnik is under threat from plans to build a golf resort on the Srdj plateau above the city – an area of mixed forest and agricultural land.
The Srdj plateau sits within the city of Dubrovnik, just above the medieval city, and UNESCO cultural heritage site. For over ten years, there have been plans to build a golf resort on the plateau, with support from some locals, to boost tourism.
The Welsh government announced a National Pollinator Action Plan today in response to Friends of the Earth's campaign, The Bee Cause, to help protect Britain's bees.
The push in Government for the Plan was headed by Welsh Environment Minister John Griffiths after talks with Friends of the Earth's Bee Cause team, which has been campaigning in England and Wales for National Bee Action Plans.
Halfway through its term in office, the European Commission is falling behind in the race to create sustainable long-term prosperity in Europe, warn Europe's leading green groups in a critical assessment of the Commission's environmental performance since 2010.
To mark the official start of the Rio +20 summit, campaigners from Friends of the Earth France/Les Amis de la Terre held an alternative people's summit in Paris, outside the stock exchange. The people's summit formed part of the Global Day of Action, and supported real social and ecological justice and opposed the commodification of nature. The event was held in solidarity with the thousands of people who marched for climate justice and against the 'green economy' today in Rio.
In the run up to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio (Brazil), Friends of the Earth France have launched their "Nature is not for sale!" campaign to highlight the dangers of putting a price on nature. Making nature, ecosystems and fundamentals like water tradable will not solve our current global crisis.
A guide for citizens 'Nature is not for sale!' criticises the Rio +20 "Declaration on natural capital" which outlines the new market mechanisms through which finance is taking over nature as part of the so called "green economy".
Negotiations to reform European agriculture are going in the wrong direction and will not halt the rapid collapse of biodiversity, warn Friends of the Earth Europe. The warning comes on the International Day of Biological Diversity and as the debate on the reform of European agricultural policy reaches a critical stage.
It would cost the UK £1.8 billion every year to hand-pollinate crops without bees – 20% more than previously thought – according to new research launched today by Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland as it unveils a new campaign to save the bee.
The new figure – equivalent to the annual wages of 60,000 teachers – comes from research conducted by leading bee experts at the University of Reading on behalf of the environment charity as it launches The Bee Cause to call for action on bees before it's too late.
A project by Friends of the Earth Czech Republic/Hnutí DUHA Olomouc to support the return of large carnivores in the Beskydy Mountains, West Carpathians, has won a worldwide conservation competition.
Thanks to strong public support, the project beat 6 other projects in the 'Nature' category to win the competition organised by the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA).
Friends of the Earth Czech Republic will now receive financial support from EOCA for its work to protect endangered bears, wolves and lynx.