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Kampala/Brussels/London, February 19 - Farmers in Uganda evicted by oil palm plantations are today presenting a lawsuit against a joint venture co-owned by oil palm giant Wilmar International. They are claiming restitution for their grabbed land and fair compensation for damages, three years after their land was taken for plantation development.
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On 29 January 2015, Royal Dutch Shell confirmed that it intends, subject to regulatory approval, to resume its US Arctic drilling programme at a cost for 2015 of at least $1bn. To date, Shell's Arctic programme has been a failure despite capital expenditure in excess of $6bn. 2012's drilling season beset by multiple operational failings was followed by a 'pause' for… read more >> | share >>
Following years of community protest, the Government of Panama temporarily suspended the construction of the Barro Blanco dam. The decision was publicly announced by Panama's Environmental Agency, ANAM, Monday. The indigenous communities whose land would be flooded by the dam had demanded the suspension for years. Although the decision comes when the dam's construction… read more >> | share >>
On February 11th, Idec will launch the Brazilian website of the Fair Finance Guide. The Guide aims to improve the impacts of banks on society and the environment by providing a tool that assesses bank policies in key transparency, sustainability, human rights, and social areas.