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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

Photo: CEPEDES The process of territorial transformation in the southernmost part of Bahia is closely intertwined with agriculture in...

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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

Photo: Acción Ecológica Teak is a native tree from Southeast Asia, and it played an important role in colonialism in that region....

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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

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

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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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“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...

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Meeting report: What is happening to our forests?

Posted on Apr 6, 2017

 From 21-25 November 2016, about 50 people, involved in struggles to defend the territories, forests and livelihoods of forest-dependent...

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Video by Save our River, Save our Life on the threats of gold mining to the Tanintharyi River in Myanmar

Posted on Apr 6, 2017

“Water is life. If we don’t protect the Tanintharyi River, the lives and livelihood of local villagers who depend on the river...

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Report: Why & How Ecological Farming?! Training Workshop in HEPA Eco-Farming School, Vietnam

Posted on Apr 6, 2017

The report describes how farming systems rooted in the cultures, customary laws and place-bound experience of peasant farming gathered over...

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Report: Grow-ing disaster: the Fortune 500 goes farming

Posted on Apr 6, 2017

The world’s largest agribusiness corporations are rolling out a public-private partnership programme to take control of food and...

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Interview: “Sustainable palm oil from industrial oil palm production does not exist”

Posted on Apr 6, 2017

SwissInfo in conversation with Kartini Samon from GRAIN on the impacts of industrial oil palm production on communities and on the role of...

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Report: Signing Away Sovereignty: How Investment Agreements Threaten Regulation of the Mining Industry in the Philippines

Posted on Apr 6, 2017

In the last decade, the Philippines has bet heavily on the mining industry, with 47 large-scale mines in operation and growing evidence of...

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Honduras: The deadliest country in the world for environmental activism

Posted on Apr 6, 2017

More than 120 people have been killed in Honduras since 2009 for standing up to companies that grab land and destroy forests, a January...

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French Guyana: The French government is quietly promoting the industrialization of gold mining in French Guyana

Posted on Apr 6, 2017

If the project goes ahead, the Montagne d’Or project, scheduled to start mining in 2018, would become the largest gold mine on French...

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India: BBC investigation reveals deadly toll of shoot-to-kill policy in tiger reserves

Posted on Apr 6, 2017

Across the world, indigenous peoples face arrests, harassment, torture and death in the name of nature conservation. The Kaziranga National...

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Malaysia: Stop recognising plantations as forests, FAO is told

Posted on Apr 6, 2017

On 21 March 2017, Malaysian NGOs The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) joined worldwide action...

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Indonesia: Protests on Java against forest destruction by the expanding cement industry

Posted on Apr 4, 2017

In Indonesia, resistance against the cement production complex of the Indonesian company Semen Indonesia which willl destroy the Kendeng...

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Large-scale investments and climate conservation initiatives destroy forests and people’s territories

Posted on Apr 4, 2017

Asia’s rapid economic growth and industrialisation are coming at an extremely high price for local communities, their environments and...

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Forest Conflicts in Thailand: State vs. People

Posted on Apr 4, 2017

  Thailand’s modern forest politics has had many phases. In the 19th century, the British began logging the country for teak....

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Myanmar: New policy promoting indigenous rights under threat

Posted on Apr 4, 2017

The last couple of years have been a period of significant change in Myanmar, most significantly represented by the victory of the NLD...

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Forest in India’s North East

Posted on Apr 4, 2017

  The region typically known as “India’s North East” or also referred to as just “North East” is linked tenuously with...

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Indonesia: Proposed laws threaten to reinstate corporate control over agrodiversity

Posted on Apr 4, 2017

  In 2012, the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Indonesia annulled key Articles of a 1992 Law on Plant Cultivation Systems. These...

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Fighting the Curse of Concessions in Cambodia

Posted on Apr 4, 2017

  The Pheapimex group is well known in Cambodia and abroad for large-scale investment deals that permit it unconstrained access to...

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Malaysia: Indigenous groups from around the globe discuss anti-dam struggles

Posted on Apr 3, 2017

  In December 2015, indigenous peoples in Sarawak, Malaysia, celebrated a major victory: the state government announced a moratorium and,...

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Southeast Asia: Strengthening resistance beyond boundaries

Posted on Mar 31, 2017

This is the third regional bulletin of the World Rainforest Movement in the past 10 months. The first regional issue (WRM Bulletin 224)...

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Cameroun: des communautés Baka déplacées par les Parcs nationaux de Lobéké et de Boumba

Posted on Feb 15, 2017

“Nous sommes nés dans la forêt et c’est là que nous faisons tout: cueillir, chasser et pêcher. Où veulent-ils que nous...

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International Statement: Our Land is Worth More Than Carbon

Posted on Feb 8, 2017

The Paris Agreement enshrined the principle of compensation in dealing with the climate crisis. This means that emissions actually do not...

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International Statement

Posted on Feb 8, 2017

Marrakech declaration against the summit of false solutions and for a fair and sustainable future for all peoples. For real alternatives...

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International Declaration: Large-scale bioenergy must be excluded from the Renewable Energy definition

Posted on Feb 8, 2017

Declaration from February 2016. The EU is provoking a global expansion in industrial bioenergy use and the rapid development and expansion...

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Report: Cooling the Planet: Frontline Communities Lead the Struggle

Posted on Feb 8, 2017

Voices from the Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles. Small-scale food producers and consumers – the frontline communities –...

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Report: Industrial Tree Plantations Invading Eastern and Southern Africa

Posted on Feb 8, 2017

What is driving the expansion of industrial tree plantations in 11 eastern and southern African countries, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and...

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Briefing: The impacts of industrial tree plantations on water

Posted on Feb 8, 2017

When communities denounce the water shortages they experience as a result of tree monocultures, the empirical evidence they present is...

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Belgium: Field Liberation Movement Takes Action Against GE Trees

Posted on Feb 8, 2017

At the end of the climate summit in Marrakesh in December 2016, 20 activists from the Field Liberation Movement in Belgium planted a...

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Brazil: Land for food production, not pulp for export

Posted on Feb 8, 2017

In the Brazilian state of Espirito Santo, the Landless Peasant Movement MST is occupying some 400 hectares of land appropriated by pulp...

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