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Save Virunga Roundup 2016: The Fight For Africa’s Oldest National Park Continues!

SAVE VIRUNGA

Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth … these are one and the same fight.  We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women’s empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all.

Ban Ki-moon, address to the 66th UN General Assembly: “We the Peoples”

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Palm oil expansion: Greenpeace report reveals devastating impact of IOI environmental violations

CHANGING TIMES

IOI oil palm plantation

A new Greenpeace report says the impact of deforestation and peatland drainage on palm oil concessions owned by the Malaysian company IOI far exceeds that referred to in the complaint to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) that led to the company’s suspension.

The RSPO suspended IOI for conducting peatland clearance in violation of the organisation’s principles, and being in breach of other environmental safeguards.

The suspension of the IOI group’s RSPO certification became effective as of April 4, 2016. It applies to the entire group, including its plantation division and its trading arm, IOI Loders Croklaan, which is based in the Netherlands.

The complaint against the group was filed in April 2015 by the Amsterdam-based, not-for-profit consultancy Aidenvironment and related to three IOI subsidiaries: PT Bumi Sawit Sejahtera, PT Sukses Karya Sawit, and PT Berkat Nabati Sawit.

Aidenvironment accused IOI of breaching RSPO standards and its own environmental…

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