Pre-conference Statement

Statement from conference on Forest, Biodiversity, Community Rights and Indigenous Peoples
Organised by Friends of the Earth Asia Pacific and Hosted by Sahabat Alam Malaysia – Friends of the Earth Malaysia
October 14 – 17, 2010, Penang, Malaysia

Opening Statement
Closing Statement

Over 100 community members and campaigners from around the world attended the Friends of the Earth International pre-conference. Photo: Conor Ashleigh,

More than 100 representatives of environmental NGOs and local communities meeting in Penang, Malaysia denounced the role of governments and corporations in biodiversity loss, deforestation and the failure of governments to meet the targets set to halt biodiversity loss under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). These representatives called for an immediate halt to the destructive projects being promoted by governments and corporations that enter communities under the guise of development but instead bring environmental destruction and serious human rights violations … read more

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