Report: How Strengthening Community Forest Rights Mitigates Climate Change

Report: How Strengthening Community Forest Rights Mitigates Climate Change

Report by World Resources Institute.   This report looks at forest territories in Asia, Africa and Latin America. It finds that those territories which are managed by indigenous and local communities are ecologically more resilient and produce less carbon than those which are not. Furthermore, it provides recommendations that indigenous...

[Briefing] Rights Extracted: Toward transparency & respect for human rights in mining, oil & gas in Francophone Africa

[Briefing] Rights Extracted: Toward transparency & respect for human rights in mining, oil & gas in Francophone Africa

Briefing originally published by the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre on 27/10/15.   This briefing examines the effects of extractive industries in Francophone Africa, as well as best practice and ways forward. It identifies especially the extreme human and environmental abuses that arise from extractive operations, as well as...

Map of Abandoned Mines in sub-Saharan Africa

Map of Abandoned Mines in sub-Saharan Africa

A UNESCO initiative researching the environmental and health impacts of abandoned mines in sub-Saharan Africa has compiled a map of abandoned mine sites on the continent. Mapping has been conducted in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, DRCongo, Kenya, Mali, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe See the map here.  Abandoned mines and mine infrastructure are the cause of many often ignored...

African Civil Society Says Yes to Life, No to Mining!

African Civil Society Says Yes to Life, No to Mining!

Originally from YLNM partner AFSA Africa Africa is rapidly becoming a huge mining zone. The hunger for Africa’s natural wealth – her oil, minerals, metals, land and water – is turning into a second scramble for our continent in a bid to drive the mistaken idea of endless economic growth...

Social Cartography: opportunities for social movements, activism and resistance in South Africa and Zimbabwe

Social Cartography: opportunities for social movements, activism and resistance in South Africa and Zimbabwe

In this article Juliana Thornton (YLNM Coordinator for Southern Africa) and Sharon Chipunza report on how social mapping methodologies that have taken root in Brazil offer opportunities for communities everywhere to come together, make their knowledge visible, and protect their land from the extractive industries.   A project based at...

Fatal Extraction: Australian Mining in Africa

Fatal Extraction: Australian Mining in Africa

This spectacular series of reports by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists explores the blind-eyes, corporate mismanagements, apartheids and more which have abounded in the operations of Australian mining companies in Africa. The full set of multi-media and interactive reports can be accessed here. The individual links: 1.) Fatal Extractions...

Mining on Top Africa: London Summit Disrupted

Mining on Top Africa: London Summit Disrupted

Yesterday members of UK civil society held an action in central London to challenge the Mining On Top Africa: London Summit. Two of us managed to get into the conference cocktail reception and hand a UK-African Civil Society letter to a senior member of SNL Metals and Mining- the conference’s main...

Support the Maputo Declaration on Climate Justice!

Support the Maputo Declaration on Climate Justice!

Those who call the African continent home are facing the worst impacts of climate change, now and in the future, having done the least to create this global crisis. At the Seeding Climate Justice meeting in Maputo between 21-23 April 2015, southern African CSOs, CBOs, popular organisations and movements came together to...

A Healthy Relationship? Wellcome Trust’s refusal to cut ties with fossil fuel industry is unacceptable

A Healthy Relationship? Wellcome Trust’s refusal to cut ties with fossil fuel industry is unacceptable

Last week the Wellcome Trust, one of the two largest health charities in the world and a prolific investor in the fossil fuel industry, refused to make the ‘grand gesture’ of divesting from fossil fuels. Speaking as the Trust comes under concerted pressure to divest from The Guardian newspaper’s keep...

In Pictures – Yes to Life No to Mining raises the voice of African civil society against the extractives

In Pictures – Yes to Life No to Mining raises the voice of African civil society against the extractives

Over the last two days the Yes to Life No to Mining movement has pulled together to ensure that the voices of African civil society cannot be ignored by the conference ‘Extractive Industries in Africa’ hosted by Chatham House in central London. Yes to Life No to Mining founder and ally, Nnimmo...