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FERONIA in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Harassment, violence and oppression

Posted on Sep 21, 2017

Oil palm plantations managed by the Canadian-based agribusiness company FERONIA Inc have been opposed by local residents ever since they...

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Eucalyptus and silent poisons: The expansion of plantations in the southernmost part of Bahia, Brazil

Posted on Sep 21, 2017

Photo: CEPEDES The process of territorial transformation in the southernmost part of Bahia is closely intertwined with agriculture in...

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SOCFIN’s plantations in Africa: many places of violence and destruction

Posted on Sep 21, 2017

Photo: SOCFIN In 2016, the multinational agro-industrial SOCFIN Group – controlled by the Belgian Fabri family (50.2 per cent of the...

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The Green Invasion: Promoting Plantations in India

Posted on Sep 21, 2017

Photo: Swarup Saha Forests? Or Plantations? According to data presented by the Forest Survey of India (FSI) in their biennial State of...

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Industrial teak tree plantations in Ecuador: occupying and destroying fertile lands and water sources

Posted on Sep 21, 2017

Photo: Acción Ecológica Teak is a native tree from Southeast Asia, and it played an important role in colonialism in that region....

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Greenwashing continues: FSC certifies industrial tree plantations as forests and RSPO oil palm plantations as sustainable

Posted on Sep 21, 2017

For over 20 year now, certification schemes such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)...

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Republic of Congo: “ATAMA Plantations is today a source of discontent for local communities and the entire nation”

Posted on Sep 21, 2017

Photo: OCDH In 2013, Wah Seong Berhad, a Malaysian company with no prior experience on palm oil, announced its decision to invest US 744...

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Frankentrees: Genetically engineered tree plantations threaten forests and communities

Posted on Sep 21, 2017

Photo: STOP GE Trees Campaign Genetically engineered (GE) trees are being developed to expand the existing disaster of industrial tree...

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Flying planes with palm oil? Oil palm companies could be the ultimate winners from ICAO’s “alternative fuel” plans

Posted on Sep 21, 2017

From 11th to 13th October, Mexico City will be hosting a High-Level “Conference on Aviation and Alternative Fuels” convened by the...

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Argentina: New law promotes tree plantations in Cordoba Province

Posted on Sep 21, 2017

Photo : Ecos Córdoba Located in the central region of Argentina, Cordoba is one of the five largest provinces in the country. Between...

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21 September videos: Plantations are not forests

Posted on Sep 10, 2017

WRM releases five short videos which shows why industrial tree plantations are not forests. The first one is about the impacts of...

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Green Deserts: Eucalyptus plantations, agrotoxins and water

Posted on Sep 7, 2017

More information >>> International Day of Struggle against Monoculture Tree Plantations...

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Women landowners in Central Bougainville block the Panguna Mine pact

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

Women protesters led a blockade against the Panguna copper mine to prevent the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoA) between the...

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Harassed by palm oil company, villagers in Thailand defend land

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

In November 2012, two women were found dead at the edge of a palm oil plantation. The death were understood as a clear warning to the Klong...

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“The big conservation lie: The untold story of wildlife conservation in Kenya”

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

 That is the title of a book co-authored by Mordecai Ogada and John Mbaria. “In many parts of Africa, conservation goes along with...

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The European Investment Bank: Africa’s discreet mining financier

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

The Ambatovy mine, a massive operation of eight billion US-dollars (in today’s value), is designed to extract nickel and cobalt from...

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“The New Colonialism: Britain’s scramble for Africa’s energy and mineral resources”

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

This report from the organization “War on Want” reveals the degree to which British companies control Africa’s key mineral resources,...

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Destroy here and destroy there: The double exploitation of biodiversity offsets

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

This issue of the WRM bulletin is focused on one of the key strategies that (mainly extractive) industries use to expand within the...

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Brazil, Mining and Biodiversity: From environmental degraders to environmental services providers: When the line between destroying and conserving is merely rhetorical

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

The parliamentary coup that brought Michel Temer’s illegitimate government to power, was not what set in motion one of the central...

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Biodiversity offsetting and biodiversity corridors in Asia: Nature destruction and protection acting in tandem

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

This year, 2017, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) celebrates its 50th anniversary. Since the Bank was founded, it has invested more than...

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Gabon: Plans to market carbon, biodiversity, ecosystems and community “capital”

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

In 2014, the Gabonese government passed a new “Sustainable Development” Law, which authorizes companies to compensate for the...

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Colombia: Environmental Offsets, Legitimizing Extraction

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

Colombia is one of the first Latin American countries to set up and implement specific rules and regulations on biodiversity offsets. In...

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Madagascar: The “offsetting non-sense”

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

“It is an absurdity, as well as an injustice that they take away our forest claiming that they want to protect it, while in reality...

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What goes behind the idea of biodiversity offsetting: The case of Nam Ngiep Dam in Lao PDR

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

The governments of Cambodia, Laos and Thailand are planning eleven large-scale hydropower dams on the Mekong River’s mainstream. If...

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An umbrella for non-compliance: “Air Quality Offsets” in South Africa

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

How air quality offsets were set in place Air quality offsets in South Africa are part of a push back against gains made in air quality...

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Kenya: International Finance Corporation throws lifeline to REDD+ project and provides greenwashing for the largest mining company in the world

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

BHP Billiton is the world’s largest mining and petroleum company running mines in 13 countries. Its main offices are in Melbourne,...

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Environmental offsets in Panama: A strategy that opens up protected areas to mining

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

Minera Panamá (MPSA), owned by Canadian company First Quantum, has a concession to conduct open-pit copper mining in the Donoso District,...

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Motion of rejection and solidarity with local leaders facing threats in Acre – Brazil

Posted on Aug 4, 2017

Press Release   More than 80 organizations and individuals from all over the world sent today the letter enclosed below to relevant...

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Motion of rejection and solidarity with leaders from communities and organizations from the State of Acre in Brazil who are being pressured and threatened

Posted on Jul 24, 2017

July 21, 2017 Dear friends, We need your support to the motion enclosed below in solidarity with leaders  from communities and...

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50 years later: a review of the Asian Development Bank’s impacts in the region

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) marks 50 years as the second largest source of development finance in the Asia-Pacific region, just after...

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Report on Transparency in the Carbon Market in Pará, Brazil    

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

Artigo 19 launches its report “I came here to understand: What is carbon? Access to information and the green economy in...

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Oilwatch: New Frontiers of Energy Extraction in Latin America  

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

Focused on what are called “extreme energies,” an Oilwatch report brings together ten articles that discuss and challenge...

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Ecology, Economics, Cultures of the Mekong Basin: From Keng Kood Koo to Pha Chan in A Changing Course      

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

Launched by the Thai organization TERRA, this publication records the story of Mekong riparian communities from 25 sub-districts in 7...

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“Biotechnology for biofuels” website page    

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

The organization Biofuelwatch is launching a new website page dedicated to compiling their analyses of aspects of the biotechnology push to...

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Mobilization to denounce the abuses of the SOCFIN company, which has the Bolloré Group as major shareholder

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

Hundreds of people who live in the vicinity of SOCAPALM and SAFACAM plantations went to SOCAPALM headquarters in Bonanjo, Douala, Cameroon,...

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Defending Indigenous Peoples in Voluntary Isolation in Brazil and Peru

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

In support of indigenous organizations in Peru, the Indigenous Missionary Council of Brazil (CIMI) expresses great concern for and stands...

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India: Odisha government must not ignore forest rights claims on POSCO project site  

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

The Odisha government gave more than 800 hectares of land to the South Korean steel giant POSCO for building a power plant, jeopardizing...

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Agua Zarca in Honduras: The Banks’ Trap  

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

Since 2013, the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) has demanded the withdrawal of the banks—FMO...

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Call for action: Help activists stop large-scale logging of Europe’s last lowlands forest    

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

After years of efforts to limit the scale of logging and increase the amount of protected areas in the Białowieża Forest, Poland, the...

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Philippines: Women call to stop the bombings in Marawi and to revoke Martial Law in Mindanao  

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

Women leaders from several national, regional and international organizations  called for truth about what’s happening in Marawi and...

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From REDD+ projects to ‘jurisdictional REDD+’: more bad news for the climate and communities

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

For many people, REDD+ is about projects that save forests. In reality, however, REDD+ has never been about protecting forests and also no...

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Women in the anti-mining struggle in El Salvador: “We are that swarm of bees”

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

In March 2017 the people of El Salvador won a huge victory. The Metal Mining Ban ruled absolute prohibition on mining exploration,...

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The Philippines: Defending the defenders, defending their rights

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

Juvy Capion was an indigenous B’laan mother of three, and a staunch defender of their ancestral domain in South Cotabato, Philippines,...

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The Seed of Despair: Communities lose their land and water sources due to OLAM’s agribusiness in Gabon

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

“In these supposedly win-win contracts, I would like to know what our communities are gaining. On the contrary, we are losing and...

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Dercy Teles on the popular movement of rubber tappers in Brazil

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

Dercy Teles of Carvalho was the first female president of a Brazilian Rural Workers’ Union, in the town of Xapuri, Acre in 1981....

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Crisis and oil depletion in Venezuela: Mega-mining and new frontiers of extraction

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

Venezuela is well known for being one of the main oil exporters in the world, and now also because of the major crisis it is currently...

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Amazonian and Andean women in the VIII Pan-Amazonian Forum

Posted on Jul 7, 2017

How to make the sustainability of life the center of debate The VIII Pan-Amazonian Forum, held from April 28th to May 1st, 2017 in...

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Chile: Rebuilding productive resistance after the forest fires

Posted on Jul 7, 2017

At the beginning of 2017, the south central region of Chile suffered a wave of fires that lasted for several weeks and affected around...

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Genetically Engineered Trees: A technology that expands monoculture plantations

Posted on Jul 7, 2017

The January 2017 bulletin focused on the numerous initiatives being announced worldwide that promote the expansion of millions of hectares...

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Southeast Is Ground Zero for Genetically Engineered Trees

Posted on Jul 5, 2017

By BJ McManama, published on EcoWatch ArborGen Corporation, a multinational conglomerate and leading supplier of seedlings for commercial...

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Declaration from the Campaign to STOP GE Tree

Posted on Jun 15, 2017

After IUFRO: Campaign Denounces Violence of Timber Industry “Get the forestry corporations out of UdeC” & “Ciao IUFRO” Photo:...

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Xapuri Declaration, May 28, 2017

Posted on Jun 14, 2017

We, forest dwellers, rubber tappers, Apurinã, Huni Kui, Jaminawa, Manchineri and Shawadawa indigenous people, members of supportive...

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Socio-environmental Implications of Building Tourism Spaces

Posted on May 15, 2017

This article, written for the research and communication network, Alba Sud, presents a critical view of territories dominated by capital...

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The advance of forest plantations on the farmers territories in the Nacala corridor: the case of Green Resources Mozambique

Posted on May 15, 2017

Based on evidence from a field investigation, this publication provides a detailed overview of the impacts of pine and eucalyptus...

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Portucel: the process of acquiring access to land and the rights of local communities in Mozambique

Posted on May 15, 2017

Portucel Mozambique is a Portuguese company with the biggest land concession among the plantation companies in Mozambique – 356,000...

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An Overview of Large-Scale Investments in the Mekong Region

Posted on May 15, 2017

Across the Mekong region, the “development” model promoted by the region’s governments prioritizes trade and investment...

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Save Ampasindava Peninsula in Madagascar!

Posted on May 15, 2017

 A mining project threatens to forever destroy the Ampasindava Peninsula—an area that is home to some 33,000 people, primarily in...

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Stop Extractive Mining in Panama!

Posted on May 15, 2017

Mining-affected communities in Panama, environmental organizations, human rights defenders, and social and citizens’ movements in the...

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The Right to Resist Land Grabs!

Posted on May 15, 2017

Millions of traditional, peasant and indigenous peoples’ communities around the world have limited access to their land and forests...

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Philippines bans new open-pit metal mines

Posted on May 15, 2017

The powerful evidence of massive injury to communities and water supplies in the Philippines, and findings of rampant violations of...

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Rio Tinto’s biodiversity offset project in Madagascar imposes severe restrictions on local communities

Posted on May 15, 2017

QMM, the Malagasy branch of Rio Tinto, a British-Australian mining company, is extracting ilmenite in Fort Dauphin, Madagascar, to export...

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Norway: divest from eucalyptus plantations!

Posted on May 15, 2017

The Norwegian Solidarity Committee for Latin America raises debates about the ethical principles behind Norwegian investments. They...

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Water and Pulp: The North’s Thirst and the South’s Resistance

Posted on May 15, 2017

About fifty years ago, Aracruz Celulose, now called Fibria, replaced original Atlantic Forest with the first fast-growing eucalyptus...

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Manufactured demand: The policy drivers behind the relentless growth of palm oil

Posted on May 15, 2017

In Indonesia, the world’s biggest palm oil producer, oil palm plantations expanded ten-fold between 1985 and 2005/06, to 6.4 million...

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Meat & markets: pushing industrial meat everywhere

Posted on May 15, 2017

Meat consumption is soaring in many places of the world. If current trends continue global meat consumption will grow a further 76 per...

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Laundering illegal timber: How tropical wood stolen through land grab makes its way to the furniture store

Posted on May 15, 2017

In 2013, with 3.1 million cubic meters of tropical wood exported, primarily to China, Papua New Guinea (PNG) became in recent years the...

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“Green” oil palm plantations are a scam: The case of OLAM

Posted on May 15, 2017

How do major oil palm companies manage to get their palm oil sold as a “green”, “sustainable” and “climate-friendly” product...

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The Daily Struggle of Kichwa Women in Sarayaku, Ecuador

Posted on May 15, 2017

Foto: Esteffany Bravo S. It is almost lunchtime and Rita does not have firewood left for cooking. Equipped with an axe and a large basket,...

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The Ngäbe and Buglé Resistance: Keeping extractive industries out of their territories

Posted on May 15, 2017

With a history plagued by outrage and territorial imposition since colonization, the indigenous Ngäbe-Buglé peoples of western Panama...

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Food Production and Consumption: Resistance against domination

Posted on May 15, 2017

To begin to discuss in depth the production and consumption of food, especially in a country like Brazil, it is necessary to recall and...

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Women and Traditional Oil Palm: A Struggle for Life

Posted on May 15, 2017

Marie Crescence Ngobo coordinates the Sustainable Development Actors Network in Cameroon (RADD, by its French acronym). RADD works with...

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Corporate Consumption: What companies are hiding behind their discourse on sustainability

Posted on May 15, 2017

We already know that excessive levels of individual consumption, resulting from the capitalist economic system, involve massive...

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FAO reply received on March 28, 2017

Posted on May 5, 2017

Dear Guadalupe, My name is Guilherme and I’m the coordinator of the Civil Society and Producer Organizations Team in FAO’s Unit of...

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Cameroun: des communautés Baka déplacées par les Parcs nationaux de Lobéké et de Boumba

Posted on Feb 15, 2017

“Nous sommes nés dans la forêt et c’est là que nous faisons tout: cueillir, chasser et pêcher. Où veulent-ils que nous...

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WRM Bulletin – Nomor 229 – Februari / Maret 2017

Posted on Feb 1, 2017

Asia Tenggara: menghubungkan rakyat melawan investasi dan inisiatif konservasi skala-besar WRM Bulletin 229_Bahasa...

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จดหมายข่าว (WRM) – ฉบับที่ 229 – กุมภาพันธ์ / มีนาคม 2560

Posted on Feb 1, 2017

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Brazil: Amazon deforestation takes on new force

Posted on Jul 26, 2008

This month, provisional measure No.422 was adopted as law by the Brazilian parliament, providing for an increase in the area of the Amazon...

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Guatemala: Agrofuels cause deforestation and displacement

Posted on Jul 25, 2008

In Guatemala, like in several other countries of the South, indigenous communities and the environment are paying a high cost due to the...

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Asian Civil Society Groups Call For ‘Climate Justice’

Posted on Jul 24, 2008

Over 170 activists who gathered in Bangkok from 12-14 July harshly criticised governments and corporations for their failure to reduce...

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Brazil: Historic federal court decision sentences Veracel Celulose (Stora Enso-Aracruz) for environmental violations

Posted on Jul 24, 2008

On 17 June 2008, a federal court in the city of Eunápolis, in the state of Bahia, passed sentence in a public civil suit filed in 1993 by...

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Chile: Documentary-maker jailed for filming a documentary on the Mapuche struggle against forestry companies

Posted on Jul 24, 2008

The occupation of the Mapuche peoples’ ancestral territories by large-scale eucalyptus and pine plantations belonging to major forestry...

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Colombia: Oil palm grows by the force of violence

Posted on Jul 24, 2008

Since the beginning of the decade, all the areas of expansion of oil palm plantations have coincided geographically with areas of...

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Malaysia: Blockades against Sarawak oil palm company

Posted on Jul 24, 2008

In Europe and the US, palm oil is being promoted as an agrofuel that will allegedly prevent the increase of carbon dioxide emissions to the...

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West Africa: Wilmar and Olam International ambitious expansion plans for palm oil

Posted on Jul 24, 2008

An article in June’s WRM Bulletin highlighted Unilever’s role in the threat to Tanoe Swamps Forest, one of the last remaining forest...

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Malaysia: Sarawak forest peoples harassed by logging and dams

Posted on Jul 24, 2008

In  last month’s WRM bulletin we recalled the long standing battle that local communities had waged for Sarawak’s forests, notably...

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Peru: National strike demands respect for indigenous collective rights

Posted on Jul 24, 2008

This past 8-10 July, the Peasant Confederation of Peru and the National Agrarian Confederation, with the wide backing of a large number of...

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Mangrove Loss and Climate Change – A Global Perspective

Posted on Jul 24, 2008

Mangroves are the rainforests by the sea. Large stretches of the sub-tropical and tropical coastlines of Asia, Africa, Oceania, the...

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Beijing: The carbon-cheating Games

Posted on Jul 24, 2008

According to the Chinese Technology Minister Wan Gang, the Beijing Olympic Games will result in the release of some 1.18 million tonnes of...

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Chile: The “modern slaves” of the “forestry boom”

Posted on Jun 26, 2008

The rural-urban migratory process in Chile is the result of internal conflicts in the agrarian structure and, in the case of the VIII...

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Indonesia: Killings by Perhutani in East Java teak plantations – a twofold perverted notion of joint forest management

Posted on Jun 26, 2008

The state-owned company Perhutani boasts of having “one of the highest percentages of forest plantation in the world”...

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Ivory Coast: Tanoé Swamps Forest under destruction by Unilever/Palm-Ci’s oil palm plantations

Posted on Jun 26, 2008

The Tanoé Swamps Forest, in the department of Adiaké, is the very last remaining forest block in the south-eastern corner of Côte...

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Uganda: Thousands of Indigenous People evicted from FSC-certified Mount Elgon National Park

Posted on Jun 26, 2008

In February 2008, the Uganda Wildlife Authority and the Uganda People’s Defense Forces evicted more than 4,000 people from the Benet...

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Africa: Food sovereignty threatened by AGRA

Posted on Jun 26, 2008

The Gates and Rockefeller Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) initiative has landed on Africa announcing that it will help...

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India: A Story of Non-Participatory Conservation in the Buxa Tiger Reserve

Posted on Jun 26, 2008

Buxa was one of those forests which the British foresters boasted of. Originally grassland and Sal forests in stony highlands, the area was...

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Malaysia: The logging trail leading to tree monocultures in Sarawak

Posted on Jun 26, 2008

In 1989, WRM and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (Friends of the Earth) produced the publication “The Battle for Sarawak’s Forests”, which...

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Peru/Brazil: The right to self-determination of indigenous peoples living in voluntary isolation

Posted on Jun 26, 2008

In late May, aerial photos taken during a fly-over piloted by the coordinator of the Ethno-Environmental Front of FUNAI (the National...

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Appeal from literature and journalism for socially and environmentally clean paper

Posted on Jun 26, 2008

“Paper is a wonderful material, which for centuries has served for a fertile exchange of ideas among human beings. For us all who use it...

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Short video on the impacts of excessive paper consumption

Posted on Jun 26, 2008

We have produced a 10 minute video (in English) on the impacts of the paper industry. We hope that the video will be a useful tool for...

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Paper, paper everywhere…

Posted on Jun 26, 2008

Paper is a material many people in industrialised countries take entirely for granted. Millions of trees are felled, pulped, made into...

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“Shrink”: A new campaign to stop the madness of paper over-consumption

Posted on Jun 26, 2008

Since the early 1960s, world consumption of paper and paperboard has increased by almost seven times. Every year, each person in the UK...

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