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No to ProSavana Campaign: Peoples’ Declaration

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

The Third Triangular Conference of the Peoples—organized by the No to ProSavana Campaign—brought together people and organizations...

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Sengwer people cry for help in the Embobut Forest, Kenya

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

The Sengwer are indigenous people who live in the Embobut forest in the Cherangani Hills in Kenya. Since British colonial rule, the Sengwer...

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Study Links Eucalyptus Monoculture to Water Scarcity in Minas, Brazil

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

Almost five decades after their planting began, eucalyptus plantations have become the main cause of the deterioration of water resources...

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Land conflict in Côte d’Ivoire: local communities continue to struggle against the state and Belgian company SIAT

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

Three villages in Côte d’Ivoire were informed in 2015 that the government had granted a concession covering a total of 11 thousand...

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African Biodiversity Network: “Matters of Principle: Guiding our way through challenging times”

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

The latest issue of the African biodiversity Network (ABN) Newsletter highlights the processes that participants of the 2017 Biennial...

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“Industrial Tree Plantations Invading Eastern and Southern Africa”

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

This briefing, compiled by the World Rainforest Movement (WRM) and the Timberwatch Coalition (TW), is now also available in Swahili. It...

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Green Resources Mozambique: More False Promises!

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

Green Resources S.A., a company with mostly Norwegian capital, is considered to be the largest tree plantation company in Africa. The reality on the ground reveals serious land conflicts between the company and local communities, in Mozambique, Uganda and Tanzania. This article reflects the situation in Mozambique.

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Carbon Colonialism: Failure of Green Resources’ Carbon Offset Project in Uganda

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

The devastating impacts of Green Resources’ tree plantation and carbon offset project in Uganda exposes the limits of carbon markets. While villagers carry the social, environmental and other costs of this project by loosing access and control over their land, the company is allowed to profit even more from its destructive plantations, framing them as “carbon sinks”.

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Southern African women organising against the violence of extractivism

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

The extractivist paradigm in Southern Africa threatens the lives and livelihoods of peasant communities, in particular women and girls: From the Tete Province in Mozambique, where women confront water scarcity and pollution to Zimbabwe’s Marange community, where militarised and often sexualised violence haunts women’s daily lives.

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Food, forests and the unfolding crisis in Zambia

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

Zambia’s peaceful context and strategic geographical location, combined with a desperate hunger for foreign direct investment, positions the country at the frontline of the global wave of resources grabbing, the crisis of global capital and the capitalisation of climate change

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Large Hydropower Dams Are Not the Answer: Time to Rethink Africa’s Energy Infrastructure

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

The Programme of Infrastructure Development for Africa (PIDA) was adopted in 2012 with the aim of connecting the continent’s energy, transport, water and communication infrastructure. But what kind of infrastructure does “Africa” really need and who is getting more access with such initiative? This article looks into the hydropower dams proposed for PIDA

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Implications of Monoculture Tree Plantations in Mozambique: The Case of Portucel Mozambique

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

Industrial tree plantation projects in Mozambique are gaining more and more ground in processes of land acquisition and dispute. The Portuguese company, Portucel, has a “reforestation” plan through 2026 that aims to cover 356 thousand hectares.

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Food sovereignty in Zimbabwe: Mopane trees and local livelihoods

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

Over the past few years, the mopane worm population – found in isolated patches of dense forests in the driest parts of Zimbabwe, like in the Mazwi village – has been diminishing, threatening local livelihoods and food sovereignty.

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Industrial tree plantations in eastern and southern Africa

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

This article gives an overview on the industrial tree plantation expansion threat in eastern and southern African countries, its external drivers, as well as the challenges this expansion presents to affected communities struggling to defend their land and livelihoods.

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Violence, appropriation and resistance: Eastern and southern Africa

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

In order to better understand peoples’ struggles across the southern and eastern regions of Africa, reflecting on its history is crucial. This editorial highlights some parts of this history. And this, of course, is just the tip of the iceberg.

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Why is it important to reflect about ‘rights’?

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

Rights – land and territorial rights, human rights, women rights, peoples’ rights, rights of nature, etc.- have long played a role...

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What are rights? Some lessons from struggle

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

In August 1838, a young man called Frederick Bailey escaped from slavery in Baltimore on the east coast of the United States (US). Less...

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REDD and Rights: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

The foundation of critical thinking, then, is in the dissent of the existing state of things and the search for alternatives, drawing from...

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Honduras and the Consultation Law: A trap that seeks to advance capitalism onto indigenous territories

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

Since ILO Convention 169 was ratified in 1995, indigenous peoples in Honduras have demanded the creation of a consultation mechanism to...

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Reflections on climate change, the rights of Indigenous Peoples and the right of Free, Prior and Informed Consent

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

Western colonialists and imperialists have for centuries pillaged and taken the lands, territories and natural resources of Indigenous...

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Brazil and land rights: A historical struggle that continues and intensifies

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

Interview to Roberto Liebgott, coordinator of “Regional Sul do Conselho Indigenista Missionário” – CIMI (The South Regional from the...

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Traditional land “rights” in West and Central Africa

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

In West and Central Africa, the many radically different ways in time and space of how people relate to and manage land reflects the many...

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The right to common

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

Enclosures have appropriately been called a revolution of the rich against the poor. (1) Commons are not just a “third way” beyond...

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What does rights of rivers mean?

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

In July 2017, on the banks of mighty River Narmada in central India, the sight of people performing rituals on the river bank, fishermen in...

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The Rights of Nature: A balance, 10 years after its constitutional recognition in Ecuador

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

Is it really possible to shift the dominant, colonial, Western paradigm—which sees nature and spaces as resources to be exploited,...

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Corporations as subjects with rights: An architecture of impunity

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

When we speak of rights, we almost always refer to the rights of individuals, peoples, and minorities who are fighting for a dignified,...

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Brazil: Land occupation wins award for producing food free of agrochemicals while restoring the forest

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

Since 2003, the camp that bears the name of environmentalist, José Lutzenberger, has reconciled the production of foods free of...

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Widespread abuse and rights violations funded by big conservation organizations

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

A new Survival International report documents serious instances of widespread and systematic human rights abuses between 1989 and the...

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Treaty on Transnational Corporations and Human Rights

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

In October, the Inter-governmental Working Group of the United Nations Human Rights Council met in Geneva to develop an “an...

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Why Russia’s indigenous people are wary of national parks

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

Russia’s Numto Nature Reserve in western Siberia contains a sacred lake, endangered cranes and valuable wetlands for the indigenous...

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“The struggle for land is essentially feminist”

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

An interview with University of Ghana professor, Dzodzi Tsikata, makes it clear how “anyone who declares himself/herself to be a...

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Indonesia: Oil palm, money and power

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

The commercial power of the oil palm industry in Indonesia is intertwined with politicians and government authorities at the highest...

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The sin of being a woman and ecologist in Latin America

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

The current wave of murders directly aimed at environmental and feminist activists demands a reflection that includes a gender perspective....

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“Biodiversity offsetting: A threat for Life”

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

This new briefing, published by the NGOs Re:Common and Counter Balance, exposes the absurd logic behind biodiversity offsets and explains...

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Chad/Cameroon: Promises and realities of a World Bank funded oil project

Posted on Oct 2, 2017

The Chad/Cameroon Oil & Pipeline project (see WRM Bulletins 45, 41, 35, 14 and 2) is reaching critical milestones. Most construction...

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Honduras: Shrimp farmer as “offical delegate” to Ramsar

Posted on Oct 2, 2017

On 23 November, 2002, at the Eighth Conference of the Parties to the Ramsar Convention for the conservation of wetlands, held in Valencia,...

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International Day of Struggle Against Monoculture Tree Plantations

Posted on Sep 25, 2017

On 21st of September organisations and individuals around the world give visibility to the countless struggles against the expansion of...

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Study shows the harmful impacts of Eucalyptus on water ecosystems

Posted on Sep 25, 2017

An international team of researchers published a study in the journal, Ecology and Evolution, which highlights the complex impacts of...

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Karnataka state government in India bans planting eucalypt and acacia trees due to impact on ground water levels

Posted on Sep 25, 2017

Large-scale planting of eucalyptus and acacia trees under a World Bank-aided project in India not only squeezed the rich underground water...

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A magazine from and for communities affected by SOCAPALM plantations

Posted on Sep 25, 2017

The fifth issue of the journal “Trait d’Union“, a trimestral magazine and liaison of the associations of populations...

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Women say, “We want our lands back!”

Posted on Sep 25, 2017

Large-scale monoculture plantations “rob women of everything they have as they take the agricultural lands and forests that women depend...

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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

The process of territorial transformation in the southernmost part of Bahia is closely intertwined with agriculture in Brazil, and is based...

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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

Teak is a native tree from Southeast Asia, and it played an important role in colonialism in that region. British loggers extracted most of...

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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

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

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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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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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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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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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