World Rainforest Movement




WRM bulletins

Bulletin Issue 95 – June 2005

THE FOCUS OF THIS ISSUE: INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

Forest destruction does not simply happen. A web of actors and policies can always be identified as responsible for initiating processes leading to deforestation and forest degradation. Prominent among those actors are International Financial Institutions which promote and make possible activities which result in massive forest loss and in the violation of the rights of forest and forest-dependent peoples. However, the negative role of these institutions is not easily perceived by the general public, as their loans and policies are presented under the disguise of “development assistance”. For that reason, the World Rainforest Movement and Friends of the Earth International decided to produce a joint bulletin on this issue, aimed at shedding some light over the obscure dealings of these institutions. We hope that the articles below will contribute to that aim.

OUR VIEWPOINT

SHEDDING SOME LIGHT ON IFIs

FINANCING GLOBAL DESTRUCTION:

THE REGIONAL ACTORS

IMPACTS ON THE GROUND

BUILDING ALTERNATIVES