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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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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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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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“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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Cameroon: WWF complicit in tribal people’s abuse

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

The NGO Survival International uncovered serious abuses of Baka “Pygmies” in southeast Cameroon, at the hands of anti-poaching squads...

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Peru: The Matsés, last shamans of the Amazon rainforest, fight back against transnational oil company

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

The Matsés indigenous people are fighting back to stop Pacific Rubiales Energy, a Canadian oil and gas company, from destroying their...

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India plans huge palm oil expansion, puts forests at risk

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

While Malaysia and Indonesia produce over 85% of the world’s palm oil, India is its largest importer. To boost palm cultivation, the...

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December 3: International Day Against Pesticide Use

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

The date was chosen by the Pesticide Action Network to commemorate the 30,000 people killed as a result of the Bhopal disaster in India in...

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Gendering Peasant Movements, Gendering Food Sovereignty

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

A problem peasant women face is invisibility in the feminist and women’s movements. A second problem is the weakness with which the food...

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Brazil: Federal Prosecutor’s Office upholds injunction barring BNDES financing for Fibria Celulose, a company certified by the FSC

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

The Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office (Ministério Público Federal or MPF) of Brazil has ruled to suspend financing from the...

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India: The Uttarakhand tragedy is not natural

Posted on Jun 30, 2013

India Climate Justice, a collective of social movements, trade unions, other organizations and individuals, has issued on last June 25 a...

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Mozambique: Farmers call for resistance to land-grabbing

Posted on Jun 30, 2013

Members of the National Peasants Union, known as UNAC, in Mozambique, and representatives of international nongovernmental organizations...

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Open letter on EU biofuels policy

Posted on Jun 30, 2013

More than 100 organisations (including a number of coalitions representing many more groups) signed up to an Open Letter to EU decision...

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Ecuador: Vigil for Yasuní

Posted on Jun 30, 2013

After the Ecuadorian president announced plans to carry out an evaluation on securing financing for the Yasuní-ITT project, reflecting a...

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Fourth March in Defence of the Land, Water and Life in Uruguay

Posted on May 30, 2013

Some 20,000 people participated in the 4th National March in Defence of the Land, Water and Life held on May 10, 2013 in Montevideo,...

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Help Stop Genetically Engineered Eucalyptus Trees

Posted on May 30, 2013

From May 26-June 1, the International Tree Biotechnology 2013 Conference took place in Asheville, NC. This conference is a gathering of...

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Unifying the struggle for the Amazon in Brazil

Posted on May 30, 2013

On May 2, some 200 indigenous peoples, riverine communities and fishermen joined in a historic moment of unity and struggle for the Amazon...

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Stop Destroying Yasuni Rainforest

Posted on May 30, 2013

The Huaorani, the last known group of Indigenous peoples still living in voluntary isolation in Ecuador in the Amazonian area of Ecuador...

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Protest in India against continued State repression on anti-POSCO people’s movement

Posted on May 30, 2013

In the continuum of brutal attacks on the struggle against forcible land acquisition for a POSCO steel plant in Odisha, India, the most...

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Take action for indigenous rights in Sarawak

Posted on May 30, 2013

Tens of thousands of indigenous people from Sarawak, Malaysia, are threatened with forced displacement as the Sarawak government moves...

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Solidarity with the community of Cumbe, Ceará, Brazil against their criminalization

Posted on May 30, 2013

Communities and International Redmanglar member organizations expressed their solidarity with the people and community of Cumbe, Ceará,...

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Nigeria: Environmentalist threatened for his denounces against Wilmar’s oil palm plantations

Posted on Feb 28, 2013

The Singapore based agribusiness giant Wilmar – is expanding its operations in Africa. It already has approximately 50,000 hectares...

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Gabon: New study warns of impacts of the expansion of oil palm and rubber tree plantations

Posted on Feb 28, 2013

Tropical rainforests cover 85% of the total land area in Gabon. They are home to an immense diversity of species, on which some 300,000...

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Liberia: Action against the expansion of oil palm plantations by Sime Darby and Golden Veroleum

Posted on Feb 28, 2013

The three leading Liberian civil society organizations Sustainable Development Institute (SDI), Save My Future Foundation (SAMFU), and...

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Chile: Suspension of work on Pascua Lama mine project

Posted on Jan 7, 2013

A resolution adopted by the Chilean government’s National Geology and Mining Service ordered a temporary but total stoppage of drilling...

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Bolivia: Letter from the Pan-Amazonian Peoples

Posted on Jan 7, 2013

The 6th Pan-Amazon Social Forum was held on December 1 in Cobija, in Bolivia’s Amazon region, on the triple border between Peru, Brazil...

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Ecuador: Ancestral peoples of the mangrove forests attacked and evicted

Posted on Jan 7, 2013

At 9:00 a.m. on December 4, uniformed officers of the National Police set fire to the homes and crops of residents and families in Bilsa,...

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Indonesia: RSPO fails to take action against a company bulldozing ancestral forests and perpetrating human rights abuses

Posted on Dec 30, 2012

The certifying body Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has failed to act against a company looking for RSPO’s seal which has...

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Senegal: Final declaration of the Family Farms International Forum

Posted on Dec 30, 2012

Representatives of the CNCR member farmers’ and producers’ organizations, as well as other national platforms member of the...

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Laos: Social activist Sombath Somphone is missing

Posted on Dec 30, 2012

Sombath Somphone, a respected social activist winner of the international Ramon Magsaysay award in 2005 for community leadership and...

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Statement of Asia Social Movements on Climate Change at the Asia Social Movements Assembly

Posted on Dec 30, 2012

On 26-30 November 2012, the 5th World Social Forum on Migration (WSFM) was held in Manila, Philippines. The WSFM is one of the thematic...

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Cameroon: Major impacts of oil palm agribusiness on food sovereignty and livelihoods

Posted on Oct 30, 2012

  In a context of massive land concessions in the country over the last five years – be it the expansion of existing...

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Indonesia: Farmers struggle against industrial oil palm and acacia plantations in defense of their land and food sovereignty

Posted on Oct 30, 2012

The struggle in Geragai District Up to 2011, a total of 18 companies had licenses over forest areas for a total of 663,809 ha distributed...

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Portugal: Petition to protest the “eucalyptization” of the country

Posted on Oct 23, 2012

  This past September 21, to mark the International Day Against Monoculture Tree Plantations, the Portuguese environmental...

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Phillipines: Oil palm company A. Brown grabs Higaonon indigenous people’s lands

Posted on Jul 30, 2012

The Philippine A. Brown Company, Inc. is engaged in the business of oil palm plantation development and milling. In 2010, the company...

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Gabon: Resisting Olam land grabbing for oil palm plantations

Posted on Jul 30, 2012

Oil palm has traditionally been part of the culture of West and Central African communities, who have planted it on their own lands or...

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Chile: Campaign against tree monoculture expansion

Posted on Jul 30, 2012

In Chile, the onslaught of big forestry business groups backed by the state means more than 3 million hectares covered with industrial...

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Belo Monte dam site occupied!

Posted on Oct 30, 2011

On October 27, hundreds of indigenous men and women, fisherfolk and riverine community members occupied the construction site of one of the...

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Survey on the WRM Bulletin

Posted on Oct 30, 2011

At WRM we have been publishing our monthly electronic bulletin since 1997. It is currently sent in four different languages to more than...

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Montevideo Declaration: STOP the expansion of monoculture tree plantations!

Posted on Oct 30, 2011

This past September 21, on the occasion of the International Day Against Monoculture Tree Plantations, representatives of social...

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WRM is on Facebook

Posted on Oct 30, 2011

You can keep up with what’s happening at WRM on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/WorldRainforestMovement Among other things, check...

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On the International Day of Struggle against Tree Plantations let’s define the forest by its true meaning

Posted on Sep 30, 2011

On September 21st several activities will be coordinated around the world to celebrate the International Day of Struggle against Tree...

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Brazil: Mato Grosso do Sul – The new eucalyptus frontier

Posted on Jul 30, 2011

The region of Brazil, and perhaps the world, where monoculture eucalyptus plantations and pulp production are expanding most rapidly is in...

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Transgenic trees: The industry race is on

Posted on Jul 30, 2011

The forestry industry’s endless pursuit of bigger profits has led to the growing homogenization of trees cultivated for timber, pulp and...

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FSC continues to lose credibility

Posted on Jun 6, 2011

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) was established in 1993 to certify “socially beneficial, economically viable and environmentally...

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UN climate talks: more carbon trade, no emission reduction

Posted on Jun 6, 2011

The UN climate talks concluded their second session of 2011 in Bonn in June without addressing the key issue of reducing climate pollution...

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Open letter from scientists to the FAO

Posted on May 20, 2011

This year has been declared the International Year of Forests by the United Nations. In response, WRM has initiated a campaign that...

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Women voices in the climate change negotiations

Posted on Apr 30, 2011

This month a new UN round of climate change negotiations took place in Bangkok – the first session after the Cancun conference last...

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“Forest in exhaustion”: a new trick to subsidize monoculture tree plantations

Posted on Apr 30, 2011

“Forest in exhaustion” stems from a controversial proposal by Brazil under the UNFCCC negotiations in Poznan. The interest of Brazil to...

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Let’s say it in every language

Posted on Feb 28, 2011

In our first bulletin of the year, in light of the fact that 2011 has been declared the International Year of Forests, we shared with you...

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Uruguay: Tree plantation workers and agrotoxic spraying

Posted on Dec 30, 2010

One of the promises made by plantation companies to gain support – from the government and from local communities – is that they will...

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South Africa: Research shows conclusive results on the impacts of tree plantations on water

Posted on Dec 30, 2010

At a time when water resources are becoming scarce and ever more threatened by global warming and climate change, a research carried out in...

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Chikweti plantations in Mozambique: Will the FSC continue certifying the uncertifiable?

Posted on Dec 30, 2010

The FSC (Forest Stewardship Council)website has announced that the company Chikweti Forests of Niassa, which operates in the province of...

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Brazil: Sustainable on paper – the eucalyptus plantations of Bahia

Posted on Oct 30, 2010

Endless rows of tree trunks pass before our eyes behind the car window. In the utmost south of the Brazilian state Bahia, eucalyptus...

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Biochar: ”Sustainable charcoal” from 556 million hectares of plantations?

Posted on Oct 30, 2010

Two previous WRM Bulletins (January and September 2009)  reported on the “biochar” concept – the idea of producing charcoal on a...

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Climate activists facing trials in Denmark

Posted on Aug 30, 2010

During the climate summit held in Copenhagen (COP 15) in December 2009, thousands of people from around the world gathered there to...

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Ecuador: en defensa del manglar

Posted on Jul 29, 2010

Corría el año 1998 cuando los Pueblos Ancestrales del Ecosistema Manglar del Ecuador decidieron unir sus esfuerzos en una gran campaña...

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Guatemala: minería de hierro amenaza manglares del Pacífico

Posted on Jul 29, 2010

Si vemos un mapa de la cobertura forestal de la república de Guatemala, podremos observar que a lo largo de la línea costera del...

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Free Trade Agreements with the European Union in Latin America: A path to the loss of sovereignty and territories

Posted on Jun 29, 2010

A group of Latin American social organizations (1) met in Montevideo to examine the Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) that the European Union...

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Kenya: The Forest Service to the rescue of eucalyptus

Posted on May 30, 2010

Concerns have been raised in Kenya about the high water consumption of eucalyptus trees, which in 2009 led the country’s Environment...

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The Pulp Invasion continues: Companies linked to Asia Pulp and Paper setting up in Vietnam

Posted on May 30, 2010

Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) is one of the most controversial and destructive paper companies on the planet. The company has cleared vast...

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Mozambique: Video and Publication on the expansion of tree plantations

Posted on May 30, 2010

The government of Mozambique is in the process of expanding large-scale monocultures of alien, fast-growing tree species, mainly...

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World Bank: No more funding for oil palm plantations!

Posted on May 30, 2010

In August 2009, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), and shortly thereafter the wider World Bank Group (WBG) of which it is part...

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Bolivia: a peoples’ conference on climate change – a forum for changing course

Posted on Apr 29, 2010

Following the resounding and anticipated failure of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change held in Copenhagen in December 2009,...

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Global Sign-On Campaign against REDD

Posted on Apr 29, 2010

Criticism of the ineffective and unjust solutions to climate change which under carbon compensation and trading pretend to continue...

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REDD: Breathing new life into the scam of carbon trading

Posted on Feb 27, 2010

Reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) is based on a simple idea: Making forests worth more alive than dead....

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Relevant statements for addressing the climate crisis

Posted on Nov 29, 2009

Even when everything would seem to indicate that the future of the planet’s climate is in the hands of a group of clowns, the possibility...

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Posco: Destroying forests in India and establishing carbon sink plantations in Uruguay

Posted on Oct 30, 2009

Uruguay and the Republic of Korea have recently signed an Agreement for Investment Promotion and Protection which, according to Uruguayan...

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Northern paper over-consumption promoting green deserts in the South

Posted on Oct 30, 2009

World demand for paper and paperboard is expected to grow by 2% to 3% annually in the long term, with significant growth potential for Asia...

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FSC’s greenwashing of tree monocultures: Evidence provided by the Brazilian Pulp and Paper Industry itself

Posted on Aug 30, 2009

For over a decade, the World Rainforest Movement has been denouncing that -by certifying large scale tree plantations- the FSC is...

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Indonesia: Indigenous Peoples oppose acacia plantations on their customary lands

Posted on Aug 30, 2009

The indigenous people of Teluk Meranti in the Kampar Peninsula, Riau, Sumatra, are resisting efforts by a pulp and paper company to take...

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Indonesia: Call for suspension of World Bank (IFC) lending to oil palm

Posted on Aug 30, 2009

An internal audit has revealed that the World Bank’s private sector arm – the International Finance Corporation (IFC) – has allowed...

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Malaysia: Indigenous Peoples call for a moratorium on large-scale tree plantations

Posted on Aug 30, 2009

On the World Indigenous Peoples Day – 9th August 2009 – the Malaysian Indigenous Peoples Organisations Coalition called on for...

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Meeting of the Latin American network against monoculture tree plantations

Posted on Aug 30, 2009

On 1 August 2009, members of the Latin American Network against Monoculture Tree Plantations (RECOMA) met in the locality of Villa Serrana,...

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Brazil: FSC greenwashing of eucalyptus plantations is strongly questioned and a warning made vis-à-vis their advance in Piaui

Posted on Jul 30, 2009

One year ago, Judson Barros, Coordinator of the Piaui Environmental Network stated that “the south of Piaui has been destroyed, its...

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Laos: Chinese company Sun Paper plans eucalyptus monocultures

Posted on Jul 30, 2009

A Chinese company called Shandong Sun Paper is planning to establish 100,000 hectares of eucalyptus plantations in Savannakhet province in...

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Mexico: Oil palm business at the expense of the poor

Posted on Jul 30, 2009

Since 2004 the Mexican government has been promoting the expansion of oil palm plantations. Presently there are 9 oil extraction plants in...

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Statement on Tree Plantations from participants at recent Forest Movement Europe meeting

Posted on Jul 30, 2009

The Forest Movement Europe (FME) is an informal network of more than 45 NGOs from12 European countries. It is a loose movement with no...

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GE trees: when scientists mutate into publicists

Posted on Jul 30, 2009

The Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) mandate is to protect the world’s biodiversity. Strong campaigning from an increasing...

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The gaping chasm between climate science and climate negotiations

Posted on Jun 29, 2009

The distance between climate science and climate negotiations was dramatically illustrated at the UN climate meeting in Bonn earlier this...

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GenderCC urges to really stop deforestation, not promote carbon offsetting

Posted on Jun 29, 2009

The June 2009 Climate Talks in Bonn served as the scenario where the new push to include forest preservation within climate change...

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Declaration of Heredia on Climate, Forests and Plantations

Posted on Apr 29, 2009

Between 24 and 28 March 2009, in Heredia, Costa Rica, the World Rainforest Movement (WRM) brought together civil society organisations from...

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Bath tubs, forests, carbon trading and climate change

Posted on Feb 27, 2009

In 2008, the value of the carbon market increased by 84 per cent, with total transactions increasing from US$64 billion in 2007 to US$118...

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Charcoal disguised as “biochar” sold as another profitable climate tech-fix

Posted on Jan 30, 2009

According to a growing, vocal and very well-connected group of scientists, entrepreneurs and lobbyists, the best if not the only way of...

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