World Rainforest Movement

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 farming...

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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 destruction...

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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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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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The Confederation of European Paper Industries’ Looking-Glass World

Posted on Jun 26, 2008

“When I use a word,” said Humpty Dumpty to Alice, “it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor...

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The high cost of excessive paper consumption

Posted on Jun 26, 2008

An analysis of environmental destruction processes usually leads to the identification of a series of causes, which can be classified as...

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Bursts of true life into the Convention on Biological Diversity

Posted on May 27, 2008

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is an international governmental process which looked pretty nice when it was born in...

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Women the most impacted by agrofuel production

Posted on May 27, 2008

The expansion of large-scale plantations –either crops or trees– for the production of liquid agrofuels such as bioethanol and...

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Australia/Tasmania: Deal favours Gunns’ pulp mill project despite popular opposition

Posted on May 27, 2008

On the first days of this month the Tasmanian people got to know of a deal that had been struck four months before between their government...

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Burma: Generals go berserk on biofuels

Posted on May 27, 2008

Biofuels – bio-diesel oil extracted from plants to replace high cost fossil fuels – have become controversial as the biofuel...

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South Africa: A visit to Komatiland Forests industrial tree monocultures

Posted on May 27, 2008

In November 2007, several representatives from World Rainforest Movement visited Komatiland Forests’ operations at Brooklands in...

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Brazil: Sugarcane for agrofuel poses a growing threat to highly biodiverse ecosystem

Posted on May 27, 2008

Agrofuels are increasingly drawing words of warning, protest and condemnation from such disparate voices as high-level United Nations...

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Burma: Cyclone proved the failure of “development” based on mangrove destruction

Posted on May 27, 2008

In the first weekend of May, a cyclone ravaged Burma. Cyclone Nagris hit the Irrawaddy delta with winds reaching 190km/h. However, most...

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Paraguay: Forced contact brought illness and death to indigenous man

Posted on May 27, 2008

Parojnai was his name. He was from the Ayoreo-Totobiegosode indigenous people who inhabit the Chaco forest stretching from Paraguay to...

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Zambia: Grabbed by the agrofuel stampede

Posted on May 27, 2008

In Africa, agrofuel initiatives are proliferating in many countries including Zambia, where jatropha has been selected as the main crop to...

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Community forest management: A new and inspiring FoEI publication

Posted on May 27, 2008

Millions of people throughout the world live in rural areas and to a greater or lesser extent depend on forest ecosystems for their...

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Forests, agrofuels and policies of hunger

Posted on May 27, 2008

World hunger is a source of ever greater concern for those who have yet to suffer from it, and ever greater suffering for those who already...

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The Brazil of Stora Enso: Violence against women and made-to-measure legislation

Posted on Apr 28, 2008

In Brazil there are two conflicting models: that of the large monoculture plantations (ranging from eucalyptus, soy-beans and rice to...

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Colombia: Oil palm plantation workers in Puerto Wilches on strike

Posted on Apr 28, 2008

The municipality of Puerto Wilches, located in the Central Zone defined by the Agricultural Plan for the Implementation of the Biodiesel...

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Ecuador: Social and environmental impacts of oil palm

Posted on Apr 28, 2008

The Palmeras del Ecuador Company was established in the Ecuadorian Amazon, in the Province of Sucumbios, Shushufindi Canton, at the end of...

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Offsetting Democracy

Posted on Apr 28, 2008

Carbon trading and offsets distract attention from the wider, systemic changes and collective political action that needs to be taken in...

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Malaysia: Severe health effects of pesticides on workers in oil palm plantations

Posted on Apr 28, 2008

Pesticides negatively impact the health and lives of millions of agricultural pesticide users, their communities and consumers worldwide...

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Ecuador: Amnesty Exposes Unjust Criminalization of Environmental Activists

Posted on Apr 28, 2008

The Constituent Assembly formed to discuss and draft a new Ecuadorian Constitution resolved on 14 March 2008 to grant an amnesty to 357...

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Ghana: Norwegian biofuel company destroyed local forest to establish a large jatropha (1) plantation

Posted on Apr 28, 2008

Agriculture in Northern Ghana accounts for more than 90% of household incomes and employs more that 70% of the population in the region....

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Indonesia: Destruction of forests by pulpwood and oil palm plantations drives climate change

Posted on Apr 28, 2008

A recent study published by WWF (1) analyzes deforestation and forest degradation in Riau Province between 1982 and 2007 and identifies...

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Peru: Government intent on privatizing the Amazon for implementing tree plantations

Posted on Apr 28, 2008

Alan Garcia’s government is promoting a bill (draft law 840) also known as the “Forest Law.” It is a law concerning the promotion of...

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Second generation agrofuels will destroy ecosystems and worsen the food crisis

Posted on Apr 28, 2008

The world is undergoing an acute food crisis with soaring prices for basic food and desperate food-related riots that threaten political...

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An appeal to COP 9: Biodiversity with and for people

Posted on Apr 28, 2008

Today the world – the people’s world – is helplessly witnessing a global crisis due to a steep rise in the price of foodstuffs which,...

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A Tale of Two Conventions

Posted on Apr 28, 2008

Once upon a time … the governments of the world got together and agreed that the Earth was facing severe environmental problems and that...

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Bottled Tears Or Water Poem

Posted on Mar 3, 2008

  Yesterday I could cry and shed watery tears I could labour and freely shoot watery sweat But today Not so, not so Riverbeds turned...

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Women speak out about the water taken away from them

Posted on Mar 2, 2008

Together with the arrival of large-scale monoculture tree plantations is the departure of water. This affects the whole village community,...

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Bangladesh: Phulbari coal mine – “losses beyond compensation”

Posted on Mar 2, 2008

The proposed Phulbari open pit coal mine in Bangladesh would divert a river, suck an aquifer dry for 30 years and evict thousands of people...

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Burma: Dams in the Irrawaddy River Basin to displace thousands of people in rural areas

Posted on Mar 2, 2008

In a country already suffering severe economic hardship and repression under its military rulers, thousands of people mainly in rural areas...

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Argentina: Scientists confirm that plantations dry up streams and salinise groundwater

Posted on Mar 2, 2008

The Pampas of Argentina and Uruguay is one of the largest uncultivated grasslands in the world. Grasses have dominated the Pampas for at...

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Water contamination with pesticides in oil palm plantations

Posted on Mar 2, 2008

Lake Chini is dying. The beautiful lake in the state of Pahang is one of the only two large natural freshwater bodies in Malaysia...

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Water: For some a sacred element, for others a common property, and yet for others a mere commodity

Posted on Mar 2, 2008

“The surface of the earth had not appeared. There was only the calm sea and the great expanse of the sky. There was nothing brought...

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Forests and water

Posted on Mar 2, 2008

The relationship between forests and water has long pre-existed the appearance of humans on the planet. Wherever water comes down from the...

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The water-forest-climate connection

Posted on Mar 2, 2008

In the symbiosis between water and forest referred to in the previous article, another component should also be considered: climate...

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Struggles for water and for the climate: everybody’s business

Posted on Mar 2, 2008

In this increasingly privatized world, to talk about water is almost synonymous with talking about its appropriation by some company to...

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Increased poverty, land conflicts and deforestation: The Asian Development Bank’s plantations record

Posted on Feb 3, 2008

The ADB has handed out more than US$1 billion for forestry projects since its first forestry project in 1977. Most of the Bank’s...

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Belgium: Field trials planned of GM poplar trees for ethanol

Posted on Feb 2, 2008

Late last year, the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology (VIB), a life sciences research institution applied for permission to establish a...

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Growing networking against GE trees

Posted on Feb 2, 2008

From the Amazon to Finland, New Zealand and Chile, from Indigenous Peoples to European NGOs, from women to youth groups, in just a week...

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Indonesia: Call for Action against certification of Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper’s timber plantations

Posted on Feb 2, 2008

The giant pulp company PT. Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper (PT. RAPP), operating in Riau Province, is applying for a Plantation Forest...

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Indonesia: New report on the human rights impacts of oil palm plantation expansion

Posted on Feb 2, 2008

The major issue of land tenure underlies the problem of oil palm schemes in Indonesia and elsewhere. Occupying large tracts of community...

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Spain: The NORFOR/ENCE certification, yet another FSC fraud

Posted on Feb 2, 2008

The pulp and paper company ENCE owns monoculture eucalyptus plantations in Spain and Uruguay, certified by FSC. Part of these plantations,...

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Thailand: Rubber plantations against forests, people and health

Posted on Feb 2, 2008

The recent study “Rights of rubber farmers in Thailand under free trade”, by Ms Sayamol Kaiyoorawong and Ms Bandita Yangdee,...

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Uganda: Why Is FSC Certifying Land Disputes and Human Rights Abuses at Mount Elgon?

Posted on Feb 2, 2008

Mount Elgon has seen major land disputes since it was declared a National Park in 1993. Villagers were evicted from the park in 1993 and...

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Amazonia: The right of indigenous peoples to live in voluntary isolation

Posted on Feb 2, 2008

In her article “Peoples hidden in the forest: the right to live in their own Amazon? (*), the Argentine writer, Elina Malamud explores...

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Colombia: Constitutional decision over Forestry Law awards victory to social organizations

Posted on Feb 2, 2008

On 28 March 2006, in the midst of strong pressure from the Government and the timber industry, Law 1021 was adopted in Colombia, better...

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Congo, D.R: The oil palm invasion has started

Posted on Feb 2, 2008

Born to independence in 1960, the Democratic Republic of Congo has lived since then amid fighting. Its former colonial ruler Belgium, as...

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Mexico: The ongoing fight of indigenous communities against illegal logging

Posted on Feb 2, 2008

The struggle for environmental defenders in Mexico continues. Activists who seek to protect their local ecosystems continue to be under...

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Aridity and death vs diversity and fertility: a women’s view of plantations

Posted on Feb 2, 2008

International Women’s day is around the corner and we would like to pay homage to the countless women struggling for their rights by...

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The Convention on Biodiversity, GM trees and paper consumption

Posted on Jan 3, 2008

In March 2006, in Curitiba, Brazil, the parties to the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) discussed the issue of genetically modified (GM)...

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The CBD and the Need to Conserve Real Forests, Not Fake Forests

Posted on Jan 3, 2008

The main threat to the world’s forests is not that they will all be cut in the coming decades. There is an even larger threat; that...

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Rome meeting to assess implementation of the CBD Programme of Work on Protected Areas

Posted on Jan 3, 2008

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Parties, intergovernmental agencies, conservation NGOs, indigenous peoples and local communities,...

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Aotearoa/New Zealand: Scion’s GE trees cut down!

Posted on Jan 3, 2008

Since 2003, New Zealand’s Scion has been carrying out a field trial planting of genetically engineered (GE) Radiata pine and Norway...

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Brazil and Chile: Concern over research on transgenic trees

Posted on Jan 3, 2008

In Latin America biotechnology applied to research on varieties of transgenic trees to give them certain characteristics facilitating their...

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PAN joins the struggle against transgenic trees

Posted on Jan 3, 2008

The Sixth Meeting of the Pesticide Action Network (PAN) took place in Penang, Malaysia from 28 November to 3 December 2007. The 25th...

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Chile: Patricia Troncoso, a symbol of the Mapuche struggle against a Government at the service of forestry companies

Posted on Jan 3, 2008

The young indigenous Mapuche leader, Patricia Troncoso has been on a hunger strike since 10 October 2007.  She was given a prison sentence...

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