Finnish novelist Risto Isomäki has recently written a book "Meat, Milk and Climate - why it is absolutely necessary to reduce the consumption of animal products".

The issue is an important development dilemma as reducing the global consumption of meat is very crucial for ending hunger, preventing catastrophic freshwater shortages and influenza epidemics, for slowing down the development of bacterial strains resistant to all known antibiotics and for protecting biodiversity.


Siemenpuu Foundation's funding for 2016 from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland was cut by 40 % compared to 2015. This was part of the massive cuts of the development cooperation funds announced by the new government.



Forest fires Indonesia continue to burn on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo, and are on track to release more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire US economy this year. Today, a coalition of Indonesian NGOs today sent an open letter to the government and to international buyers of pulp and paper and palm oil from Indonesia.


Date: 30th October 2015 at 12.00-16.00
Venue: Eurooppasali, Malminkatu 16, Helsinki

Climate change threatens firstly people who are most closely dependent on natural resources as a source of their living. Many indigenous peoples have faced situations like this. Indigenous peoples in different countries face very different challenges, but background variables of the climate change are often the same.


The Fostering Community Conservation Conference was held last 31 August to 4 September 2015 in Durban, South Africa.

The conference was part of a new initiative implemented by the Global Forest Coalition in collaboration with a large number of Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations, the Community Conservation Resilience Initiative (CCRI).


PETER KITELO comes from Kenya. His community lives in Mt. Elgon forest, about 3000 metres from the sea level. The forest is indigenous mountainous forest that transforms into  moorland when reaching the top.


9:00 – 12:30

- Parallel working groups: developing an advocacy agenda based on the preliminary CCRI findings

- Plenary; preparation of report

12:30 – 14:30

Lunch time skill share on use of visual materials in campaigning

14:30 – 17:00

Panel discussion with:

- Jeffrey Campbell, Forest and Farm Facility, FAO, Italy

- Sara Namirembe, World Agroforestry Centre, Kenya

- Fiu Elisara Mata’ese, OLSSI, Samoa


9:00 – 10:30 Plenary

- Recap and report back to plenary

- James Meinama Presentation of preliminary results: community conservation resilience assessments in Solomon Islands

- Overview of policies and laws supporting ICCAs by Alphonsa Jojan, Natural Justice

10:30 – 12:30 working groups

- Coffee break followed by fifth session of parallel working groups: Creating an enabling environment for community conservation

12:30 – 14:30


Community Conservation Fonference organised by the Global Forest Coalition in Durban, South Africa - programme on Wednesday September 2nd:

9:00 – 12:30 Plenary