World Rainforest Movement


FAO is the Food and Agriculture Organization, a body founded by the United Nations in 1945. It is one of the most important UN organizations that discuss forests, publishing for example a regular update on the state of the world´s forest and having ´determined´ how a forest should be defined, falsely including industrial tree plantation under its definition (see ´forest definition´).


Articles from the WRM Bulletin

Books and Briefings

  • United Nations’ 2015 International Day of Forests. Theme: “Forests / Climate / Change”. What change? 

    Posted on March 20, 2015

    Download as pdf here. Also available in Bahasa The aim of this document is to respond to this year’s campaign for March 21 carried out by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). In a very short video, FAO...

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  • Forest definition

    Posted on November 10, 2011

    When we talk about “the definition of forest”, what is perhaps most striking is the fact that, although there are many definitions of the word “forest” in different parts of the world, there is one definition viewed as more...

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  • Plantations are NOT forests

    Posted on October 9, 2003

    This book gathers a selection of articles published in the monthly electronic bulletin of the World Rainforest Movement (WRM), addressing the  issues of plantations and the struggles developed at the local and global levels against...

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Other Relevant Information


  • But, where is the water?

    Posted on March 21, 2016

    On the 21st of March, International Day of the Forests, the FAO has launched another nice video. This year the video is about forests and water. Did you notice the video does not include any monoculture tree plantations, even though FAO...

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  • This is not sustainable

    Posted on March 20, 2015

    This two-minutes video is a rebuttal of the one-minute video produced by FAO for International Day of Forests. The video aims to challenge the FAO video for March 21, which narrowly and erroneously views forests as if they were a...

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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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  • Short animation – Let’s define forests by their true meaning

    Posted on February 16, 2011

    Also available in: Afrikaans, Aymara, Catala, Chinese, Dutch, Finish, German, Bosnian, Italian, Maori, Mapuche, Maya Kaqchikel, Maya Popti, Maya Tseltal, Maya Tsotsil, Swedish, Vietnamese and Zulu Following FAO’s criterion for the...

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