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“Sacred Sites are living places”: the voices of Custodians in Africa

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

The short film “Sacred Voices”, supported by the African Biodiversity Network and the Gaia Foundation, shares the messages of eight...

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“When murder and abuse become systemic”: violence and impunity across Asia

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

The recently released Newsletter from Focus on the Global South draws attention to the alarming escalation of violence against...

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Protect Liberia’s unique forest heritage!

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL), a palm oil company, holds hundreds of thousands hectares of land as an agricultural concession. GVL is now...

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India: The Parliament violates forest people’s rights and promotes further plantations

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

The Indian Parliament approved this July a passage from the Compensatory Afforestation Fund, better known as CAMPA Bill, which seeks to...

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Loss, Healing and Struggle

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

Ten years ago, the Indian writer Kiran Desai published a novel called The Inheritance of Loss, about the long-lived wounds and suffering...

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From “solastalgia” to “alegremia”

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

In 2003, Australian philosopher Glen Albrecht (1) coined the term “solastalgia” to define the combination of psychological disorders...

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Stories, identity and struggles: How local communities live with and talk about Mekong’s landscape

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

Different words, different sides When asked what this picture is about, you are likely to answer, “An atomic bomb” in English. Most...

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Endogenous knowledge, an effective weapon to combat land grabs in Africa

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

“This small family, the father, the mother and their two children, enters the sacred forest in order to find solutions to the illnesses...

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The Quechua-lamas vision of medicinal plants: a lesson from the high-altitude forests of Peru (1)

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

Modern people usually refer to medicinal plants as resources at the service of humans. This way of referring to them does not seem to be...

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“To enjoy full health, we want to make a difference”: A woman’s voice from the forests of Brazil

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

Francisca Maria is 36 years old, mother of 3 children, married for 17 years. She is also a leader in the community of São Raimundo. São...

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Nutrition from forests: forest communities and healthy lives

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

Despite the harmful consequences of the export-oriented and polluting model of the agribusiness industry for local communities, workers...

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Cherishing community wisdom to strengthen the struggle for land and forest

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

When a forest area is replaced by a eucalyptus monoculture, a dam or a mining project, the destruction is evident and in plain sight....

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Under the radar: A brief summary of the situation of environmental defenders in Central Africa

Posted on Jul 15, 2016

This report aims to draw attention to violations and threats that environmental justice defenders in Central Africa are facing,...

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“12 Replies to 12 Lies about Oil Palm monocultures plantations” booklet available in Swahili and Lingala

Posted on Jul 15, 2016

This booklet produced by WRM aims at strengthening the struggles of all those who are opposing large-scale oil palm plantations in the...

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“10 things communities should know about REDD” booklet available in Swahili and Lingala

Posted on Jul 15, 2016

The main goal of this booklet is to inform communities about the serious problems that a REDD project can cause for the communities...

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Collection of videos about the impacts of large-scale industrial oil palm plantations

Posted on Jul 15, 2016

The WRM, together with GRAIN, prepared a collection of videos on the impacts of large-scale industrial oil palm plantations. The videos...

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REDD Realities: two publications that show what REDD means for communities

Posted on Jul 15, 2016

Two publications show how REDD undermines forest peoples’ rights, fails to address deforestation and puts the blame for deforestation...

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West African women defend traditional palm oil

Posted on Jul 15, 2016

A video produced by GRAIN shows how rural women in West Africa are working to protect traditional palm oil production in the face of the...

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Peasant mobilizations in Cameroon

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

Socapalm and Safacam are two companies controlled by Socfin, a multinational agribusiness specialized in the cultivation of oil palm and...

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“Conservationists, are you listening?” Baka Indigenous Peoples in Cameroon

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

In southeast Cameroon, Baka Indigenous Peoples and their neighbours continue to be illegally evicted in the name of conservation, most...

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Strategies and tactics companies use to promote the expansion of oil palm plantations in the face of resistance from surrounding communities

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

From January 28-31, 2016, in Mundemba in southwest Cameroon, two international meetings took place on the expansion of oil palm...

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Emerging without submerging: the challenge of international policies on the environment in Central Africa

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

Central Africa is flooded with regional and international initiatives to manage its natural resources. In this forest region par...

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Women and Property in Cameroon: Laws and Reality

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

The agricultural force on the continent In Cameroon as in many African countries, women daily endure practices that could be considered...

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DRC: Communities mobilise to free themselves from a hundred years of colonial oil palm plantations

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

Oil palms are native to the forests of Central and West Africa and inseparable from the region’s peoples and their cultures. Communities...

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Agribusiness, a step towards increased food dependency in Africa

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

The village of Yalifombo, on the banks of the Congo River in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), was an essentially agricultural...

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Infrastructure, development and natural resources in Africa: A few examples from Cameroon

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

(*) In a world characterized by sluggish economic growth, Africa is often presented as the continent of the future, with average growth of...

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Protected Areas in the Congo Basin: Failing both people and biodiversity

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

(1) The creation of “protected areas” throughout the world is mainly based on a philosophy that originated in the United States (US)...

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Land grabbing: Tactics used by European actors abroad

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

(1) Current land grabbing practices include the capture of control of relatively vast tracts of land through a variety of mechanisms. In...

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The Congo Basin: in the Sights of Capital

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

The Congo Basin in Central Africa contains the second largest forest in the world. Its extensive territory is shared by six countries: the...

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The WWF in DRC: Conservation without people

Posted on May 9, 2016

A short film from the Rainforest Foundation UK about forest communities affected by the Tumba Lediima Reserve in the Democratic Republic...

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Violence broke out in the fields and forests of Brazil

Posted on May 9, 2016

The Pastoral Land Commission (CPT) of Brazil released its Notebook on Field Conflicts 2015 last April 15. The research data reveal a...

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Corporate power over territories and people

Posted on May 9, 2016

The recently launched number of the Nyéléni Newsletter for food sovereignty, highlights the importance of the struggle against the...

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Update on POSCO’s harassments in Odisha India

Posted on May 9, 2016

Despite India’s National Green Tribunal statement on early April affirming that POSCO’s Environmental Clearance is valid only up to...

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Rio Tinto’s biodiversity offset in Madagascar: How culture and religion are used to enforce restrictions

Posted on May 9, 2016

In September 2015, Re:Common and WRM investigated one of the most widely advertised biodiversity compensation initiatives in the mining...

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A blueprint for environmental racism

Posted on May 9, 2016

In 1969, at the age of 3 my parents were forced to move from the home in which I was born, in a neighbourhood of people of all colours,...

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“Nigger” and “Nature”: Expanding the Concept of Environmental Racism

Posted on May 9, 2016

“Environmental racism” is a concept it’s hard to imagine environmentalism ever having done without. It names a reality that...

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“For a change of paradigm”: Interview with Tom Goldtooth from the Indigenous Environmental Network

Posted on May 9, 2016

What is the Indigenous Environmental Network? The Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) was born in 1990 in North America of hope,...

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Out of the Grid: Resistance to Capitalist Mapping

Posted on May 9, 2016

For many, mapping is an unsuspicious technique that helps us orient ourselves in the world. What is often overlooked is that it matters a...

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Community Mapping: Geo-graphing for Resistance

Posted on May 9, 2016

Geography is associated with the memorization of geographical features (mountains, rivers, valleys, etc.) and the “simple” creation of...

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The Racist Colonial Roots of Western Forest Conservation: A look into a REDD project in Kenya

Posted on May 9, 2016

It would be both ahistorical and apolitical to not firmly locate the roots of the western concepts of nature conservation to the colonial...

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“Non-human Nature”: an invention that seeks to break societies rooted in forests

Posted on May 9, 2016

Have you ever wondered what the word “nature” means? The colonial roots of this concept and its current dominant use refer to...

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Colombia: Women as Seeds of Mobilization and Resistance

Posted on May 9, 2016

If they touch our blood, they touch the earth If they touch the earth, they touch our blood Motto of the Women of the Xinka Peoples...

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Racism: A Legacy of Colonial Power

Posted on May 6, 2016

Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi warns us of the risks of listening to the same version of a story over and over again. That story we...

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The new legal framework on biodiversity and the commodification of nature in Brazil

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

The December 2015 Raíces newsletter focuses on the problems arising around approval and regulation of the Legal Framework on Biodiversity,...

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Agrarian reform in reverse in Asia: new laws grab land from farmers

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

A report by the NGO GRAIN shows how governments throughout Asia are quietly enacting a host of legislative changes that eliminate the few...

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New genetic technologies: corporate control over regulation

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

A report by Corporate Europe Observatory reveals how the biotech industry is trying to shape rules to allow the entry of new technologies...

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International Condemnation: Honduras – End the violence and death against the peasant-indigenous movement

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

La Vía Campesina denounces the grave criminalization taking place in Honduras today in the form of prisons, repression and the...

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Mozambique: Denunciation of the partnership between WWF and ProSavana

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

The “No to ProSavana Campaign” have been resisting the implementation of ProSavana in the Nacala Corridor of Mozambique, a partnership...

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“Consultation” as a tool of exclusion: A choreography that hides land grabbing

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

There is much talk today about the importance of the consultation process with local communities before the arrival of mega projects that...

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The “Green Economy”: giving immunity to criminals

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

“The goal is to transform environmental legislation into tradeable instruments” Pedro Moura, founder of Ecosecurities, a carbon...

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Environmental regulation in the Green Economy: Changed to facilitate destruction

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

  In 2011, the State of Biodiversity Markets report, published by the pro-markets group Forest Trends, identified 45 biodiversity...

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“New forests for Africa”:  A nice slogan for promoting industrial tree plantations?

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

  A conference called “Forests for the Future: New Forests for Africa” has taken place on March 16 and 17 in Ghana (1). A...

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Forests to the highest bidder in Nigeria: how REDD proves unable to stop deforestation

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

The rainforests of Cross River State, southeast of Nigeria, have been recognised for many years as being globally important for their...

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Corporate peace and the Green Economy in Colombia

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

The current situation in Colombia can be understood as a historic opportunity to try to overcome decades of armed, social and political...

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India: annulling rights to allow mining

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

On 8 January 2016, the Government of Chhattisgarh (GoC), India, passed an order cancelling the rights of the villagers of Ghatbara over a...

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Destructive companies “creating more biodiversity”?

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

As we have already argued in previous bulletins, it is absurd to accept the idea that companies can freely destroy an area—for example...

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Children coping with evictions of World Bank-financed projects

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

An article from the “Food and Environment Reporting Network” highlights an investigation into the hidden toll of World Bank–financed...

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Up in Smoke: Failures in Wilmar’s promise to clean up the palm oil business

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

A report by some of the Friends of the Earth groups shows how some of the fires that affected Indonesia’s forests in the last months can...

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WRM materials in Swahili and Lingala

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

The report “12 Replies to 12 Lies about Oil Palm monocultures plantations”, which aims at strengthening the struggles of all those who...

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“The Mauzes”: defending territories and life

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

Since joining Indonesia officially in 1969, Papua had only seven oil palm companies until 2005. In 2014, the number jumped to 21 companies,...

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Defending the commons: news from the Nyeli movement

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

Nyeli, a platform for the international movement for food sovereignty, launched a new issue of its newsletter last December. This time...

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International Rights of Nature Tribunal offers Earth-driven, not market-driven, solutions to climate change

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

The third International Tribunal for the Rights of Nature took place in Paris in parallel to the UN climate talks. Basing its judgements on...

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Congo Basin Rainforest Project: Communities leery of “Conservation Revolution”

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

.The Mai N’dombe REDD project in the Democratic Republic of Congo features regularly in promotional material on REDD+. The...

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Bribris: a people never conquered who are standing up to REDD

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

Continuous cycles of rebellion and resistance have characterized the history of a people living in the Costa Rican South Caribbean. Every...

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From the loss of fish to climate change: A look into the recent dam movement in the Mekong Region  

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

“The dams built on the Mekong mainstream and other rivers in the region have resulted in severe changes in the Mekong’s ecosystems,...

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Carbon Offsets and Trading: A logic that violates Indigenous and human rights

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

For the majority of people in the Global North, little attention was given to the details of the recently signed agreement during the UN...

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Brazil: The monoculture eucalyptus company, Veracel Celulosa, is trying to evict indigenous Pataxó from their land

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

The Pataxós of Nueva Esperanza village—in the municipality of Itamarajú in the southern tip of Bahía state—are under threat of...

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What “rights” are defended in the Paris Agreement and in the plans with false solutions to the climate crisis?

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

There are many analyses of the Paris Agreement and the reasons why it is a disaster for the climate. One critique is that it does not...

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Forest fires in Indonesia: Why is the media looking away?

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

An article from “The Guardian” highlights how despite fire raging across over 5,000 km in Indonesia, the media “dominated by...

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The Corporate cookbook: how climate criminals have captured the UN talks

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The market-based and techno-fix solutions on the table for the 2015 UN climate talks are diverting attention from the real culprits and...

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Mausam Magazine from India: voices for climate justice

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The India Climate Justice Collective has released the fifth issue of the “Mausam” magazine. This time the focus is on India’s...

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Peasant Agroecology for Food Sovereignty and Mother Earth, experiences of La Via Campesina

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The collective efforts of various organizations from Africa, America, Europe and Asia have resulted in the study booklet: “Peasant...

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Outsmarting nature? Synthetic Biology and Climate Smart Agriculture

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

 Many of the world’s largest agro-industrial corporations are part of the new Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture. Public-...

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Keep fossil fuels in the ground: a declaration for the health of Mother Earth

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

A declaration to be launched during the UN climate negotiations aims to draw attention to the need to keep fossil fuels in the ground and...

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Brazil: a mining-induced ecological and social disaster – How much longer?

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

On November 5th, one of the largest environmental disasters in the history of Brazil occurred.  Two dams operated by mining company...

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Philippines: Resisting Land Grabbing and Corporate Oil Palm Plantations

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

In early November, a gathering of peasants and indigenous peoples from Mindanao, Bohol and Palawan, denounced the government’s plan to...

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Corridors of Resistance: Stopping oil and gas pipelines

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The Unist’ot’en camp in North-Western British Colombia, Canada, has since 2011 been maintaining a check-point to control access through...

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India: Appeal to the government and the UN on indigenous forest communities’ rights

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The Indian government is producing many proposals to make more profit from the country’s forests. These include wider application of...

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Burning Season In Indonesia What have industrial plantations and the Indonesian State done to the islands’ forests?

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The Scale of Disaster The forest and land burning madness is going rampant again in Indonesia. Up to November 16, the Global Fire Emission...

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Malaysia: Indigenous groups from around the globe adopt anti-dam declaration

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

Indigenous peoples fighting the construction of dams in many parts of the world stand in solidarity with the second year anniversary of...

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Brazil: Forest Carbon Demonstration Project in the Tapajós-Arapiuns Extractive Reserve

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The carbon credit market, a mechanism of the so-called “green economy”, has been under debate in Brazil for about a decade,...

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Forestry Community Forum: Community mobilisation in plantation forestry

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The Forestry Community Forum is an organisation of dwellers and labour tenants residing in plantation forestry / worker villages in the...

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Banking on biodiversity in Sabah, Malaysia

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The trade in biodiversity credits has been positioned as a solution to the problem of biodiversity loss (especially orang-utan habitat) in...

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The contradictions behind the “Zero Deforestation” pledge

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The UN climate negotiations in Paris will again put a lot of emphasis on forests, which are seen as mere carbon stores. One of the most...

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Palawan: Stop blaming indigenous peoples’ farming practices for deforestation – look at boom crops, oil palm plantations and mining!

Posted on Nov 10, 2015

Traditional upland farming implemented through swidden (‘slash-and-burn’) technology (kaingin) in The Philippines is demonized and...

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Seed laws that criminalize farmers: resistance

Posted on Nov 10, 2015

Peasant seeds – the pillar of food production – are under attack everywhere. Under corporate pressure, laws in many countries...

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Brazil: Quilombola communities’ planting method preserves vegetation and soil nutrients

Posted on Nov 10, 2015

In the middle of the biggest continuous area of Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, southwest of Sao Paulo, researchers of the University of Sao...

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Community Forest Management: elements for its defense and strengthening

Posted on Nov 10, 2015

The publication recently launched by the Mexican organization Otros Mundos Chiapas is an effort to share many elements and experiences of...

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Leave fossil fuels in the ground! A call for an “Annex 0” group, supported up by the Shuar Nationality of Pastaza in Ecuador

Posted on Nov 10, 2015

The Oilwatch network has issued an international call for creating an “Annex 0” group at the UN climate negotiations. This would mean a...

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Together, we can cool the planet!

Posted on Nov 10, 2015

A new video by La Vía Campesina and GRAIN is part of a campaign to highlight the key role of the industrialized food system to the climate...

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Civil Society says NO to “Climate Smart Agriculture”

Posted on Nov 10, 2015

An international statement signed by over 250 organizations and movements from around the world expresses deep concerns about the growing...

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La Via Campesina: Call to Action for UN climate talks in Paris

Posted on Nov 10, 2015

Climate disruptions cause widespread hunger, migration and the worsening of living conditions for millions of rural families, especially...

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REDD Alert! How REDD+ projects undermine peasant farming and real solutions to climate change

Posted on Nov 9, 2015

Agriculture is increasingly being discussed at high level forums on climate change that promote different programmes which they claim will...

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Why the RSPO facilitates land grabs for palm oil

Posted on Nov 9, 2015

**This article is based on a conversation between Winnie Overbeek, the international coordinator of the World Rainforest Movement, and...

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Corporate smart agriculture

Posted on Nov 9, 2015

  As the UN climate negotiations in December approach, there’s only one major intergovernmental initiative on climate and...

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Two bright shining lies teaming up: Certification roundtables and REDD+

Posted on Nov 9, 2015

    Certification has been described as the brightest of bright shining lies of the sustainability movement. And in recent...

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The Farce of “Smart Forestry”. The Cases of Green Resources in Mozambique and Suzano in Brazil

Posted on Nov 9, 2015

  “Nobody eats eucalyptus.”  With this statement farmers expressed their outrage when the company Aracruz Celulose...

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Trade deals, agribusiness and the climate crisis

Posted on Nov 9, 2015

  The climate talks in Paris in December this year are viewed as a last chance for the world’s governments to commit to binding...

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Territories and food sovereignty: Where the struggles of peasants and forest communities converge

Posted on Nov 9, 2015

This issue of the WRM Bulletin is co-produced with GRAIN. GRAIN works to support small farmers and social movements in their struggles for...

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Honduras: palm plantations and violence under the auspices of the World Bank

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

An article in the newspaper “El País” shows the intense violence experienced by the people of the valley of Bajo Aguán, in...

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