March 11, 2018
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Liberian activist and environmentalist Silas Siakor is a tireless crusader against land grabbing, illegal logging and corruption. He has watched companies wreak havoc on the environment, enriching themselves and impoverishing the people. Film director Joakim Demmer was shocked when he discovered that Ethiopia, a country with massive land resources and impressive economic progress, receives UN food aid to over three million of its inhabitants. Rainforest Foundation Norway has since 2003 worked with partners in the Democratic Republic of Congo to protect the rainforest and the rights of indigenous peoples and local forest-dependent communities.
Through their investigations, both Siakor and Demmer find a system of massive corruption orchestrated by the heads of state. Whistle-blowers are chased and imprisoned. Illegal permits are being sold cheaply to foreign investors. How can this go on?
Panel: Silas Siakor, environmentalist and director of the Sustainable Development Institute in Liberia. Joakim Demmer, director of Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas. Gunnell Sandanger, senior advisor for Rainforest Foundation Norway. Moderator: Andrew Kroglund, The Development Fund.