World Rainforest Movement




Local Struggles for the Forests

Forest peoples around the world are resisting and struggling against different threats to their survival, both forest destructive projects (like mining, oil extraction, industrial plantations, etc.) but also those with a preservation character (REDD+ projects, national parks, protected areas, etc.). One of the main reasons for and at the same time one of the key issues in these struggles is the fact that in most of the tropical forest countries worldwide, customary land rights of forest peoples are ignored by the state and corporations. Lacking legal land titles, their existing customary rights are violated regularly where forests are destroyed.

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  • 10 things communities should know about REDD

    Posted on January 11, 2013

    The main goal of this booklet is to inform communities about the serious problems that a REDD project can cause for the people involved. WRM has visited a number of these communities over the past few years. All of them,...

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  • REDD in the Congo Basin

    Posted on December 11, 2010

    The forest of the Congo Basin expands over an area of continuous tropical rainforest cover only second to that of the Amazon forest. The region’s forests are found in Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Gabon,...

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  • Indigenous Peoples. Their forests, struggles and rights

    Posted on December 18, 2005

    By the World Rainforest Movement This book gathers articles published in the monthly electronic bulletin of the World Rainforest Movement (WRM) regarding indigenous peoples and their struggles in defence of the forest. These peoples are...

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  • Community Forests. Equity, use and conservation

    Posted on June 8, 2004

    As we all know, the conservation of the world’s forests requires the adoption of a series of measures to change the current model of destruction, among which the empowerment of local communities to manage their own forests. In most of...

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  • Protected Areas. Protected Against Whom?

    Posted on January 8, 2004

    by Oilwatch and World Rainforest Movement. This publication has been jointly produced by Oilwatch and the World Rainforest Movement for dissemination at the Seventh Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity which...

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  • Africa: Forests under threat

    Posted on August 9, 2002

    This book gathers a selection of articles published in the monthly electronic bulletin of the World Rainforest Movement (WRM), addressing the issue of the processes leading to the destruction of African forests and the struggles developed...

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  • Disputed Territory. The green economy versus community-based economies

    Posted on December 11, 2012

    Produced by the World Rainforest Movement Interviews: Winnie Overbeek Camera and Edition: Flavio Pazos. A story of the peoples of the Atlantic Forest in southern Brazil. In Brazil, the Atlantic Forest, which covered the country’s...

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  • Forests. Much more than a lot of trees

    Posted on November 29, 2011

    Produced by the World Rainforest Movement Directed by Flavio Pazos The United Nations declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests You may have already heard that the livelihoods of over 1.6 billion people depend on forests, that...

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  • Defend Life!

    Posted on September 11, 2009

    Animation about the differences to local people between a forest and a tree plantation. Produced by the World Rainforest Movement Created by Flavio Pazos If you have troubles wathing the video, try using Chrome You can download the...

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