World Rainforest Movement

International Statement: Our Land is Worth More Than Carbon

Posted on Feb 8, 2017

The Paris Agreement enshrined the principle of compensation in dealing with the climate crisis. This means that emissions actually do not...

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Support the letter urging FAO to revise its forest definition!

Posted on Feb 8, 2017

Dear friends, March 21st, the International Day of Forests, is around the corner! As you may recall, on that day we will be sending a...

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International Statement

Posted on Feb 8, 2017

Marrakech declaration against the summit of false solutions and for a fair and sustainable future for all peoples. For real alternatives...

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International Declaration: Large-scale bioenergy must be excluded from the Renewable Energy definition

Posted on Feb 8, 2017

Declaration from February 2016. The EU is provoking a global expansion in industrial bioenergy use and the rapid development and expansion...

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Report: Cooling the Planet: Frontline Communities Lead the Struggle

Posted on Feb 8, 2017

Voices from the Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles. Small-scale food producers and consumers – the frontline communities –...

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Report: Industrial Tree Plantations Invading Eastern and Southern Africa

Posted on Feb 8, 2017

What is driving the expansion of industrial tree plantations in 11 eastern and southern African countries, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and...

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Briefing: The impacts of industrial tree plantations on water

Posted on Feb 8, 2017

When communities denounce the water shortages they experience as a result of tree monocultures, the empirical evidence they present is...

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Belgium: Field Liberation Movement Takes Action Against GE Trees

Posted on Feb 8, 2017

At the end of the climate summit in Marrakesh in December 2016, 20 activists from the Field Liberation Movement in Belgium planted a...

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Brazil: Land for food production, not pulp for export

Posted on Feb 8, 2017

In the Brazilian state of Espirito Santo, the Landless Peasant Movement MST is occupying some 400 hectares of land appropriated by pulp...

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Chile: New wave of forest fires

Posted on Feb 8, 2017

Organizations in Chile demand an end to the national policy and instruments that have been created to favor the development of tree...

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Sign-on letter to the FAO

Posted on Feb 7, 2017

The UN has declared the 21st of March ‘International Day of Forests’. We will use the occasion to remind the FAO that it must...

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The Paris Agreement Undermines the Global Campaign to Leave Oil in the Soil

Posted on Feb 7, 2017

Almost 20 years ago, in the Japanese city of Kyoto, the Oilwatch network along with over 200 other organizations launched the pioneering...

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The Paris Agreement: International Endorsement for Tree Plantation Companies to Start a New Cycle of Expansion

Posted on Feb 7, 2017

Many communities in countries in the Global South are fighting invasion of their lands by large-scale tree plantations. WRM has learned a...

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Main initiatives to expand tree plantations in Latin America, Africa and Asia

Posted on Feb 7, 2017

Years before governments adopted the Paris Agreement, international initiatives promising millions of hectares of reforestation and forest...

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REDD+ in the Paris Agreement secures funding for conservation industry while large-scale deforestation advances unhindered

Posted on Feb 7, 2017

The “conservation industry” – groups such as The Nature Conservancy, WWF, Conservation International, consultants and...

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Will the Paris Agreement Save Forests?

Posted on Feb 7, 2017

In December 2015, the Paris Agreement was celebrated with great fanfare. This agreement, part of the United Nations Framework Convention...

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Ibi Bateke tree planting project in DRC: Sold as the success it never was

Posted on Feb 6, 2017

Advertised as “ground-breaking” and the first CDM (1) project in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Ibi Bateke tree...

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The Paris Agreement on Climate Change: Promoting tree plantations and reducing forests to tradable carbon stores

Posted on Feb 6, 2017

The 22nd annual UN climate meeting has come and gone in 2016, with governments celebrating the ratification of the Paris Agreement on...

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The Ecuadorean government has desisted in its intent to close Acción Ecoloógica

Posted on Jan 20, 2017

We share below the letter sent by Acción Ecológica thanking all the support received from the international level. We emphasize that,...

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Solidaridad con Acción ecológica – Comunicado de la RECOMA

Posted on Jan 18, 2017

América Latina, 26 de diciembre de 2016 La Red Latinoamericana contra los Monocultivos de Árboles (RECOMA) expresa su apoyo y solidaridad...

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Urgent Action Alert – To the Equadorian Government: Against the double extractivist hunting

Posted on Dec 21, 2016

Letter to be sent to: Dr Rafael Correa, President of Ecuador rafael.correa@presidencia.gob.ec Ministro de...

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Regarding the Ecuadorian Government’s Move to Close Acción Ecológica – URGENT PRESS RELEASE

Posted on Dec 21, 2016

Acción Ecológica denounces the request made by Diego Torres Saldaña, Deputy Minister of Internal Security, to the Minister of...

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Report: From Global Enclosure to Self Enclosure: Ten Years After

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

Report: From Global Enclosure to Self Enclosure: Ten Years After – A Critique of the CBD and the “Bonn Guidelines” on...

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Interview: How trade and investments have converted agricultural lands and fishing grounds into special economic zones

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

Executive Director at Focus on the Global South, Shalmali Guttal, talks about how trade and investments have converted agricultural lands...

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Article: Industry benefits but does not pay its dues

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

Article: Industry benefits but does not pay its dues. Patents are an assault on genetic resources. By Guy Kastler, General Delegate of...

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Video: Herakles – “Wrong project in the wrong place”

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

The short video shows how the large-scale oil palm plantation project has negatively impacted the lives of thousands of community members,...

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Ecuador: Conflict generated between Tagaeri-Taromenane indigenous peoples in isolation and an indigenous Woarani community

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

The Ecuadorian Amazon is experiencing many incidents of economic, political and socio-cultural conflict. These are mainly related to the...

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Madagascar: Citizens’ protests put Soamahamanina mining project on hold

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

Five villagers arbitrarily arrested in September 2016 during protests against a Jiuxing Mines gold mining project located 70km west of the...

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USA: National Meeting Makes Plans to Stop Genetically Engineered Trees

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

Indigenous peoples, scientists, lawyers and environmental experts met October 12-18 to discuss impacts of and strategies to halt...

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Cameroon: Peasant association calls on Socfin to act on promises

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

The National Association of Peasant and River Populations of Cameroon, Synaparcam, called for peaceful marches on 14 November on roads...

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From Biodiversity Offsets to Ecosystem Engineering: New Threats to Communities and Territories

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

At a meeting in a wixárika community in Jalisco, México, with organizations and villagers from other areas, the language we used to...

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Peoples’ traditional knowledge embedded in their territory versus “traditional knowledge” in the UN Convention on Biological Diversity

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

Interview with Blanca Chancoso, Kichwa member of the Otavalo peoples and vicepresident of ECUARUNARI – the Kichwa Confederation of...

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Trade deals threaten peasant farmer’s stewardship of seed biodiversity

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

Skilful selection and nurturing of the seeds best suited to a particular location are at the heart of peasant farming and agroforestry...

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“Reasons for Taking Legal Action”: New Resistance Movements to Defend Guatemalan Indigenous Communities’ Heritage

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

Guatemala is located in the heart of Mesoamerica. Its enormous cultural diversity is a historical legacy of the Mayan culture, in which...

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The Brazilian Biodiversity Law: Progress or Threat?

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

On May 20th 2015, then Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff, approved Law 13.123/2015, which was published as the new Brazilian Legal...

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Financial Mechanisms in the CBD: Opening the Doors to More Privatization of Biodiversity

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

The CBD is a forum where organizations and movements can bring our positions and try to get them reflected in official documents. We do...

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The CBD’s interpretation of “biodiversity” opens the door to new forms of biopiracy

Posted on Dec 7, 2016

Compared with the struggle to stop the destruction of forests, the resistance of forest-dependent communities against governments...

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Kam puni ya ku towa mawese ka tika DRC ikiungwa mkono na misaada ya maendeleo inakabiliwa na migogoro ya ardhi na kashfa ya fedha

Posted on Nov 4, 2016

SWAHILI. Ripoti hii iliandaliwa na umoja wa shirika za kiraia za DRC na Ulaya. Ni muendelezo wa ripoti ya mwezi wa Juni mwaka 2015 ambayo...

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New report: Land conflicts and shady finances plague DR Congo palm oil company backed by development funds

Posted on Nov 3, 2016

2 November 2016. European and US development funds are bankrolling palm oil company Feronia Inc despite land and labour conflicts at its...

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Entwicklungsbankkunde in der Kritik Landrechtskonflikte und undurchsichtige Finanztransaktionen bei kongolesischer Palmölfirma

Posted on Nov 3, 2016

GERMAN. Der Bericht wurde von einer Gruppe von Nicht-Regierungs-Organisationen aus der DR Kongo und Europa erarbeitet. Er vervollständigt...

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Société moko ya mbila na RDC ézali kosungana na lisungi ya tombwa ekutani na ba mikaatano ya mabele mpe ya misolo

Posted on Nov 3, 2016

LINGALA. Lapolo oyo esalemi na lisanga ya balobeli (société Civile) ya RDC mpe baye ba Europe. Ekomami na bolandaka lapolo mwa sanza ya...

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Land conflicts and shady finances plague DR Congo palm oil company backed by development funds

Posted on Nov 3, 2016

This report was produced by a coalition of civil society organisations in the DRC and Europe. It builds on a June 2015 report that brought...

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¡Basta de Represión Contra l@s que Defienden la Tierra y el Territorio en Honduras!

Posted on Oct 31, 2016

Only available in Spanish. Comunicado de Otros Mundos A.C. / Amigos de la Tierra México – San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas,...

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Oilwatch’s Call for a De-petroleum-ized Habitat

Posted on Oct 26, 2016

The General Assembly of Oilwatch, which is celebrating its 20 years of existence, and met in Quito in the framework of the Social Forum...

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No to REDD+ in El Salvador!

Posted on Oct 21, 2016

The Climate Change Committee in El Salvador has sent respective notes to the Bonn Challenge Secretariat, the UN-REDD Secretariat, and the...

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Oil palm plantations severely harm communities and territories in Central America

Posted on Oct 21, 2016

The high demand for palm oil is leading to the growth of African Palm plantations around the world, including in Central America. These...

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El Salvador Opens its Doors to Multinational Companies

Posted on Oct 21, 2016

In September 2015, the second phase of the US government-financed Millennium Fund project came into force (Fomileno II); this project will...

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Honduras: Murder attempts against the General Coordinator and a community leader of COPINH

Posted on Oct 21, 2016

The Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH, for its Spanish acronym) denounces to the national and...

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Panama: The historic struggle against the Barro Blanco Dam

Posted on Oct 21, 2016

Ten years after construction started on the Barro Blanco hydroelectric dam in western Panama, members of the indigenous NgäbeBuglé...

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Support independent journalism! The Green Economy and its impacts on peoples and territories

Posted on Oct 21, 2016

In recent decades, many communities have been displaced from their ancestral lands to make way for “Green Economy”...

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Uruguay free of mega-mining!

Posted on Oct 21, 2016

In December 2013, the Uruguay Free of Mega-mining Movement was formed in order to mobilize the public around the proposal to start...

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REDD+ in Central America: it’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission

Posted on Oct 21, 2016

This text is an initial attempt to understand the dynamics of development and implementation of REDD+ projects in Central America...

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Extractive Model: the dispossession of territories and the criminalization of protest in Central America

Posted on Oct 21, 2016

A war declared on peoples’ right to decide and to live Six months ago, in March of 2016, the news spread like lightning and the...

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Expansion of Oil Palm Plantations as State Policy in Central America

Posted on Oct 20, 2016

Historical, environmental, labor and economic aspects converge in the expansion of oil palm plantations in Central America. The...

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Madre Vieja: The River that Reached the Sea

Posted on Oct 20, 2016

Over 30 years ago, African palm came to the coastal municipalities of Tiquisate and Nueva Concepción. Both share a boundary with the...

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Neocolonialism and plantations on the Garifuna Coast of Central America

Posted on Oct 20, 2016

“In the constitution of this small, maritime banana republic was a forgotten section.” Cabbages and Kings, O. Henry The...

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The Extractive Mining Model: A Potential Threat to Biological Diversity in Mesoamerica

Posted on Oct 20, 2016

By MovimientoM4* Without a doubt, implementation of the extractive industries model as part of governments’...

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Defending the body-earth territory: an alternative for social movements in resistance (1)

Posted on Oct 20, 2016

The Rancho Grande municipality in northern Nicaragua is facing installation of an open-pit gold mine by Canadian company B2Gold. With over...

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Semuc Champey, Guatemala: Where the River Hides

Posted on Oct 20, 2016

They are not invaders, they named this territory It was the indigenous Maya Q’eqchi communities that named this magical place in the...

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“Middle America”: Peoples resisting a colonial past that persists through imposition and violence

Posted on Oct 20, 2016

When we think of the countries ranging from southern Mexico to Panama, we tend to speak of Central America. That is, in our imaginary, we...

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Week of Peoples Mobilisation in Geneva (Switzerland) from 24th to 29th October

Posted on Oct 19, 2016

https://vimeo.com/185113932 From 24th to 28th October the Second Session of the Open Ended Inter-Governmental Working Group (OEIGWG) at...

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Press release: A petition delivered to the Mozambique government and tree plantations companies urging them to give the land back to communities

Posted on Oct 11, 2016

On September 30, a petition was delivered with 12,323 signatures from several national and international organisations, as well as from...

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Industrial Tree Plantations Invading Eastern and Southern Africa

Posted on Oct 5, 2016

New briefing: “Industrial Tree Plantations Invading Eastern and Southern Africa” In the context of emerging global trends in...

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Industrial tree plantations impacts on water

Posted on Oct 5, 2016

The briefing, “Impactos en el agua de las plantaciones industriales de árboles”, (Industrial tree plantations impacts on water), is a...

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No to Monsanto! No to Poisons! Industrial Tree Plantations and Agrotoxics

Posted on Oct 5, 2016

For decades, The World Rainforest Movement has been denouncing the many ways in which industrial tree plantations directly cause continued...

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12 Replies to 12 Lies about Oil Palm monocultures plantations – new layout

Posted on Sep 26, 2016

This report aims at strengthening the struggles of all those who are opposing large-scale oil palm plantations in the global South. After...

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An open letter to the FAO launched on September 21st, International Day of Struggle against Tree Monocultures

Posted on Sep 21, 2016

Dear Friends, Today, September 21st, marks the International Day of Struggle Against Tree Plantations. On this day, as part of the actions...

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How does the FAO Forest definition harm people and forests? An open letter to the FAO

Posted on Sep 21, 2016

This open letter, calling on the FAO to revise its forest definition, will be sent to the FAO next March 21 when the International day of...

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Declaración de la Red Latinoamericana contra los Monocultivos de Árboles – RECOMA

Posted on Sep 20, 2016

Only available in Spanish or Portuguese 21 de setiembre de 2016 Día Internacional de Lucha contra los Monocultivos de Árboles Descargar...

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India: Support forest dependent communities against plantations expansion!

Posted on Sep 20, 2016

WRM together with the All India Forum of Forest Movements, and the Campaign for Survival and Dignity are mobilizing against the CAF Act...

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Shareables regarding the the International Day of Struggle against Tree Monocultures

Posted on Sep 15, 2016

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Palm Oil’s Toxic Legacy in Sayaxché, Guatemala – by FoE

Posted on Sep 15, 2016

Saul Paau, a Q’eqchi’ Mayan community leader, describes the environmental and social devastation wrought by the palm oil industry in...

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Stop plantations expansion in Mozambique!

Posted on Sep 13, 2016

updated on September 22 Last week we asked your support for communities in Mozambique who are facing rapid expansion of timber monoculture...

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COPINH: statement six months after the assassination of COPINH’s general coordinator, Berta Cáceres Flores.

Posted on Sep 5, 2016

The Civil Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras, 6 months after the assassination of COPINH’s General Coordinator,...

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“Sacred Sites are living places”: the voices of Custodians in Africa

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

The short film “Sacred Voices”, supported by the African Biodiversity Network and the Gaia Foundation, shares the messages of eight...

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“When murder and abuse become systemic”: violence and impunity across Asia

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

The recently released Newsletter from Focus on the Global South draws attention to the alarming escalation of violence against...

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Protect Liberia’s unique forest heritage!

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL), a palm oil company, holds hundreds of thousands hectares of land as an agricultural concession. GVL is now...

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India: The Parliament violates forest people’s rights and promotes further plantations

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

The Indian Parliament approved this July a passage from the Compensatory Afforestation Fund, better known as CAMPA Bill, which seeks to...

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Loss, Healing and Struggle

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

Ten years ago, the Indian writer Kiran Desai published a novel called The Inheritance of Loss, about the long-lived wounds and suffering...

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From “solastalgia” to “alegremia”

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

In 2003, Australian philosopher Glen Albrecht (1) coined the term “solastalgia” to define the combination of psychological disorders...

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Stories, identity and struggles: How local communities live with and talk about Mekong’s landscape

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

Different words, different sides When asked what this picture is about, you are likely to answer, “An atomic bomb” in English. Most...

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Endogenous knowledge, an effective weapon to combat land grabs in Africa

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

“This small family, the father, the mother and their two children, enters the sacred forest in order to find solutions to the illnesses...

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The Quechua-lamas vision of medicinal plants: a lesson from the high-altitude forests of Peru (1)

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

Modern people usually refer to medicinal plants as resources at the service of humans. This way of referring to them does not seem to be...

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“To enjoy full health, we want to make a difference”: A woman’s voice from the forests of Brazil

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

Francisca Maria is 36 years old, mother of 3 children, married for 17 years. She is also a leader in the community of São Raimundo. São...

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Nutrition from forests: forest communities and healthy lives

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

Despite the harmful consequences of the export-oriented and polluting model of the agribusiness industry for local communities, workers...

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Cherishing community wisdom to strengthen the struggle for land and forest

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

When a forest area is replaced by a eucalyptus monoculture, a dam or a mining project, the destruction is evident and in plain sight....

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COPINH: Comunicado sobre el asesinato de la compañera Lesbia Yaneth Urquía Urquía

Posted on Jul 15, 2016

Only available in Spanish. El Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras con mucho pesar comunica a la comunidad...

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Under the radar: A brief summary of the situation of environmental defenders in Central Africa

Posted on Jul 15, 2016

This report aims to draw attention to violations and threats that environmental justice defenders in Central Africa are facing,...

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“12 Replies to 12 Lies about Oil Palm monocultures plantations” booklet available in Swahili and Lingala

Posted on Jul 15, 2016

This booklet produced by WRM aims at strengthening the struggles of all those who are opposing large-scale oil palm plantations in the...

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“10 things communities should know about REDD” booklet available in Swahili and Lingala

Posted on Jul 15, 2016

The main goal of this booklet is to inform communities about the serious problems that a REDD project can cause for the communities...

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Collection of videos about the impacts of large-scale industrial oil palm plantations

Posted on Jul 15, 2016

The WRM, together with GRAIN, prepared a collection of videos on the impacts of large-scale industrial oil palm plantations. The videos...

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REDD Realities: two publications that show what REDD means for communities

Posted on Jul 15, 2016

Two publications show how REDD undermines forest peoples’ rights, fails to address deforestation and puts the blame for deforestation...

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West African women defend traditional palm oil

Posted on Jul 15, 2016

A video produced by GRAIN shows how rural women in West Africa are working to protect traditional palm oil production in the face of the...

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Peasant mobilizations in Cameroon

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

Socapalm and Safacam are two companies controlled by Socfin, a multinational agribusiness specialized in the cultivation of oil palm and...

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“Conservationists, are you listening?” Baka Indigenous Peoples in Cameroon

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

In southeast Cameroon, Baka Indigenous Peoples and their neighbours continue to be illegally evicted in the name of conservation, most...

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Strategies and tactics companies use to promote the expansion of oil palm plantations in the face of resistance from surrounding communities

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

From January 28-31, 2016, in Mundemba in southwest Cameroon, two international meetings took place on the expansion of oil palm...

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Emerging without submerging: the challenge of international policies on the environment in Central Africa

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

Central Africa is flooded with regional and international initiatives to manage its natural resources. In this forest region par...

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Women and Property in Cameroon: Laws and Reality

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

The agricultural force on the continent In Cameroon as in many African countries, women daily endure practices that could be considered...

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DRC: Communities mobilise to free themselves from a hundred years of colonial oil palm plantations

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

Oil palms are native to the forests of Central and West Africa and inseparable from the region’s peoples and their cultures. Communities...

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Agribusiness, a step towards increased food dependency in Africa

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

The village of Yalifombo, on the banks of the Congo River in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), was an essentially agricultural...

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