World Rainforest Movement

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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“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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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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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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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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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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Report: From Global Enclosure to Self Enclosure: Ten Years After

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

Report: From Global Enclosure to Self Enclosure: Ten Years After – A Critique of the CBD and the “Bonn Guidelines” on...

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Interview: How trade and investments have converted agricultural lands and fishing grounds into special economic zones

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

Executive Director at Focus on the Global South, Shalmali Guttal, talks about how trade and investments have converted agricultural lands...

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Article: Industry benefits but does not pay its dues

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

Article: Industry benefits but does not pay its dues. Patents are an assault on genetic resources. By Guy Kastler, General Delegate of...

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Video: Herakles – “Wrong project in the wrong place”

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

The short video shows how the large-scale oil palm plantation project has negatively impacted the lives of thousands of community members,...

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Ecuador: Conflict generated between Tagaeri-Taromenane indigenous peoples in isolation and an indigenous Woarani community

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

The Ecuadorian Amazon is experiencing many incidents of economic, political and socio-cultural conflict. These are mainly related to the...

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No to REDD+ in El Salvador!

Posted on Oct 21, 2016

The Climate Change Committee in El Salvador has sent respective notes to the Bonn Challenge Secretariat, the UN-REDD Secretariat, and the...

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Oil palm plantations severely harm communities and territories in Central America

Posted on Oct 21, 2016

The high demand for palm oil is leading to the growth of African Palm plantations around the world, including in Central America. These...

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El Salvador Opens its Doors to Multinational Companies

Posted on Oct 21, 2016

In September 2015, the second phase of the US government-financed Millennium Fund project came into force (Fomileno II); this project will...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Malaysia: Human trafficking and workers’ abuse in palm oil plantations

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

Malaysian palm oil industry, which produces 40 per cent of the world’s palm oil supply, is growing but, according to labourers and...

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Gender impact of oil palm plantations among indigenous peoples in Sarawak

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

An article from the recently launched book “Gender and Land Tenure in the context of Disaster in Asia”, examines the impact of changing...

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Forest peoples and territories: Rights Violations in Acre, Brazil

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

In 2013, the Rapporteur on human rights to the environment (RDHMA, for its Portuguese acronym), from the DhESCA Platform, conducted a...

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Indonesia’s Forest Law criminalizes Indigenous and local communities

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

Hundreds of people are detained in Indonesia for having claimed their rights on their land, forests and other resources while resisting...

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Women in logging campsites: muted abuse

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

An investigation focused on the river port of Pucallpa, Ucayali, in the Peruvian Amazon, reveals that women serving in the bars around the...

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Community-based Forest Management in the Congo Basin

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

A report from the Rainforest Foundation UK, shows how attempts of community based forest management in the Congo Basin thus far have not...

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Timber business over Cambodia’s “protected” forests

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

Ancient forests are being lost at an “unprecedented” rate from protected lands in Cambodia, according to a new report from the...

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Impacts of industrial logging concessions in Africa’s rainforests

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

Most of the Congo Basin’s forests have been divided up into concessions, conservation areas and community use, with most of Central...

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Zero net emissions: neither net nor zero

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

What does “net” means for the World Bank? An article in the Mexican newspaper “La Jornada” warns about the problem...

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Genetically engineered eucalyptus trees approved in Brazil. How long before we see GE tree monocultures in REDD?

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

Last April, the commercial use of GE eucalyptus trees was approved in Brazil, despite the strong local resistance and evidence of GE...

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Discovering the secrets of Benin’s forests to improve nutrition

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

Although growing international recognition of forests’ role on food sovereignty for forest-dependant populations, large amounts of...

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UnderMining Agriculture: How the Extractive Industries Threaten our Food Systems

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

A recent report from the GAIA Foundation and allies exposes how the world’s food production and millions of small farmers and...

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Voices of Resistance: Women fighting for life

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

The “Weaving Resistances” project, from the Organization “Democracy and Global Transformation Program” in Peru, shares...

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What are cars made of? From the Brazilian Amazon to the German automakers

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

A recently released documentary exposing the world’s largest iron ore mining project shows the life of the communities impacted by...

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Minding the Miners: Who finances What and for Whom

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

A database called “From Money to Metals” gathers data on commercial and private institutions that aim to profit from mineral extraction...

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Uganda: “A common right”

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

A film from “The Source Project” looks at how communities in the Karamoja region of Uganda have been organising along with the Uganda...

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Wake Up Call: The true costs of consuming technology

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

Minerals of all different kinds (there could be more than 10 varieties in one Smartphone alone) are mined in different countries –...

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What future for the world’s forests?

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

The new issue of the “World Rivers Review”, a magazine from the NGO International Rivers, includes reports about worldwide violations...

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New publication warns against the impacts of agrotoxics on health

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

People may be exposed to excessive levels of agrotoxics at work and through food, soil, water or air. Through the pollution of groundwater,...

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Defending the right to water in Korea

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

Water justice movements in Asia gathered in Daegu, Korea, for the Alternative Forum “Water for all” on April 13-14 in a common struggle...

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Squeezing Africa Dry: behind every land grab there is a water grab

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

Food cannot be grown without water. In Africa, one in three people endure water scarcity and climate change makes things worse. Africa’s...

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Lives matter most: plantation companies’ abuse on local populations

Posted on May 6, 2015

The opinion article from the Jakarta Post by Abetnego Tarigan, of the Indonesian NGO Walhi, and Iwan Nurdin, of the Agrarian Reform...

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New issue of the Mausam newsletter from India: talking climate in public space

Posted on May 6, 2015

The India Climate Justice collective has published the third issue of the Mausam magazine aiming to facilitate constructive and creative...

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International Forum on Agroecology brings common understanding

Posted on May 6, 2015

More than 200 people took part in the Forum, held in Nyéléni, Mali, from February 23 to 27, to develop joint strategies to promote...

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From Africa’s Palms

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

Aljazeera’s People and Power TV program released a video on the social and environmental consequences of oil palm plantations in...

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The global biomass robbery

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

A new report by EJOLT, an alliance of academic and activist groups struggling for environmental justice, analyses the increasing global...

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“Climate-smart agriculture”, at the service of carbon finance and multinational corporations

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

The Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture was launched on September 2014, at the UN Climate Summit in New York. This alliance is...

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Defending and promoting the right to Food Sovereignty around the world

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

The latest Nyéléni newsletter edition shows articles on how peoples across the world are fighting to secure and defend their rights to...

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Women speak: climate justice stories from the frontlines

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

On December 8, 2014, a group of extraordinary women leaders gathered in Lima, Peru during the UN climate negotiations to speak out against...

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Voices from the Second Congress of the National Association of Rural and Indigenous Women of Chile (ANAMURI)

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

Radio Mundo Real produced a special program on caring for Nature, highlighting the voices of women from different Latin American...

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Struggles for territory and Living Well in Colombia: Resistance by Afro-Colombian women

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

An article by Charo Rojas, Marilyn Machado, Patricia Botero and Arturo Escobar charts the cumulative processes that have infringed the...

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Radio Mundo Real video: “Financialization of Nature”

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

The video by Radio Mundo Real on Financialization of Nature was produced in collaboration with the Biodiversity Alliance, Friends of the...

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Ideas for the political thought of La Via Campesina in the Amazon

Posted on Mar 6, 2015

The coordinating team of La Via Campesina in the state of Pará, Brazil, has compiled in a book the political struggles waged over time in...

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Greed and Resistance in Sarawak’s Rainforest

Posted on Mar 6, 2015

The recently released book “Money Logging” documents the local politics, international complicity and dedicated resistance in the...

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Planting poverty: The forestry business in Chile

Posted on Mar 6, 2015

This documentary produced by “Periódico Resumen” addresses the origins and consequences of the expansion of the tree plantation...

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African local livelihoods under threat as palm oil producers capture more lands

Posted on Mar 6, 2015

Booming global demand for palm oil and limited room for the industry’s expansion in Asia have led large palm oil producers to look...

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Washing out Diversity: The impacts of oil palm plantations in Palawan, Philippines

Posted on Mar 6, 2015

Oil palm plantations in Palawan, as elsewhere in the Philippines, are portrayed as a key solution to lower greenhouse gas emissions and as...

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