Skip to content

Nigerian activists halt illegal logging with new task force

July 21, 2009

Nigerian activist Odigha Odigha, 2003 Goldman Prize recipient, has joined forces with American-born conservationist Peter Jenkins in an effort to curb the rampant illegal logging taking place his country’s high tropical forests.

Jenkins was profiled in a Financial Times article detailing their new strategy.  The small group relies on on-the-ground tips about illegal logging and then sets off to confront the perpetrators.  Often working with police and government forces, the group is working to bring increased attention to the issue.

Logging: Rearguard action to save vanishing jewel [Financial Times]

Related Posts

Indigenous Communities: Protectors of our Forests


August 8, 2022 – By Jacqueline Kehoe

It has now become widely understood in environmental circles that Indigenous groups around the world are often the best stewards of land conservation because of their longstanding cultural, spiritual, and physical connections to their territories. August 9, is UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, a day that recognizes the unique role of Indigenous…

Read more

Three Indigenous Leaders Protecting the Amazon


October 4, 2021

In early September, members of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress approved a motion requesting a global commitment to protect 80% of the Amazon Basin by 2025. The campaign behind the initiative, Amazonia for Life: 80% by 2025, acknowledges the critical role of the Amazon in stabilizing the global climate…

Read more
2020 Goldman Environmental Prize Winner for South & Central America Nemonte

Nemonte Nenquimo: Protecting indigenous territory and life in the Amazon


December 15, 2020

The following is a statement by 2020 Goldman Environmental Prize winner Nemonte Nenquimo. Read the Spanish translation. By Nemonte Nenquimo When I was a little girl I used to swing in the hammock at night by the fire and listen to my elders sing. Imagine all of us kids, barefoot, piled into a hammock beneath a…

Read more