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Cambodia: Action against land-grabbing

Posted on Feb 28, 2013

A community petition on Avaaz.org calls for action against companies that subsidized by a European Union trade scheme, forcibly displace...

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Mozambique: Action in defense of peasants’ right to food

Posted on Feb 28, 2013

The organization Fian International – for the right to adequate food, began an action in October 2012 to end on 30 April 2013 in...

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Brazil: First National Meeting of the Peasant Women’s Movement

Posted on Feb 28, 2013

Close to 3,000 members of the Peasant Women’s Movement (MMC), hailing from 23 different states, gathered on February 18-21 for the first...

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Attac France urges EDF to abandon its lawsuits against climate justice activists in the UK

Posted on Feb 28, 2013

Last October, sixteen activists of the climate justice group “No Dash for gas” occupied for a week two chimneys of the EDF...

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Indonesia: Farmers protest against eviction caused by Debt Nature Swap (DNS)

Posted on Oct 30, 2012

About 40 farmers of a La Via Campesina member organization (Serikat Petani Indonesia) from Jambi province protested in front of the Germany...

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Brazil: Support the Indigenous Cause of the Guaraní-Kaiowa

Posted on Oct 30, 2012

The Brazilian organizations Juízes para a Democracia (Judges for Democracy) and CIMI have launched a petition addressed to various...

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Indonesia: Court victory against oil palm company

Posted on Oct 30, 2012

The state administrative High Court in Medan, has decided in favor of the organization WALHI, cancelling administrative decisions that led...

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Burma/Myanmar: Letter of Global Solidarity against land grabs

Posted on Oct 30, 2012

The “Second Commercial Farm Asia”, a fair that brings together corporate investors and governments from Myanmar and other...

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Global Campaign to dismantle Corporate Power

Posted on Jul 30, 2012

As part of the People’s Summit during Rio +20 a Global Campaign Against Transnationals was launched, under the slogan “Dismantle...

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Looking ahead for agrarian reform and the defense of land and territory

Posted on Jul 30, 2012

Allies from 26 countries in Asia, Africa, America and Europe have met in West Sumatra, Indonesia, from July 10 to 15, 2012,convened by La...

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Campaign against palm oil giant FELDA

Posted on Jul 30, 2012

Rainforest Rescue has started a campaign to demand Deutsche Bank to dissociate itself from the Malaysian palm oil giant FELDA Global...

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Greenwash Gold winner 2012: Mining company Rio Tinto

Posted on Jul 1, 2012

Some of the world’s most disreputable corporations – like Rio Tinto, Dow and BP – are providing sponsorship to the Olympics Games,...

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Be alert! Don’t allow tree plantations to be called forests

Posted on Jul 30, 2011

Wikipedia – the free encyclopedia built collaboratively – is an increasing reference even for academic use. We can have a voice there...

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Lend your voice to the forest!

Posted on Apr 4, 2011

At WRM we have been opposed to FAO’s definition of forests for many years. We believe that it actually serves as an indirect cause of...

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Análisis crítico de “La silvicultura y el agua: Ciencia, Dogmas, Desafíos” (Walter de Paula Lima, 2010)

Posted on Oct 30, 2010

Recientemente se acaba de difundir un nuevo trabajo del Profesor Walter de Paula Lima (WPL) titulado “A silvicultura e a água: Ciência,...

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Cameroun: un village résiste à la tentative de Socapalm de planter des palmiers à huile dans ses terres

Posted on Oct 30, 2010

Au milieu d’un désert vert de 60 000 hectares de plantations de palmiers à huile se trouvent 150 hectares de terres agricoles et...

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Bénin : la “modernisation” de la production d’huile de palme marginalise les femmes

Posted on Aug 30, 2010

La production d’huile de palme est séculaire au Bénin et elle s’est toujours faite surtout par des méthodes artisanales. Ce sont...

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Brasil: Modificações do Código Florestal para benefício dos latifundiário

Posted on Aug 30, 2010

Apesar da grande campanha ideológica das elites brasileiras em busca de apresentar o agronegócio como uma agricultura moderna, as...

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Brasil: Comunidades quilombolas reconvertem eucaliptales

Posted on Aug 30, 2010

A comunidade quilombola de São Domingos, tradicionalmente instalada no norte do Espírito Santo, viveu um momento histórico nos dias 26 e...

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Honduras: empapada en sangre también por la palma de aceite – 3 nuevas víctimas

Posted on Aug 30, 2010

Honduras, que fue uno de los principales productores de granos básicos de Centroamérica, ha pasado a producir la mitad de sus...

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What is carbon trading for?

Posted on Jun 29, 2010

Patrick Birley, the Chief Executive of the European Climate Exchange, knows a thing or two about carbon trading. He should do. He claims...

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Climate change policy – does gender make a difference?

Posted on Nov 29, 2009

International negotiations about global climate protection have been slow, delivering meagre results. The debate began over 20 years ago,...

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Wilful ignorance: FAO and industrial tree plantations

Posted on Apr 29, 2009

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation has long worked on behalf of the plantation industry. One of FAO’s strategies to support the...

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FSC: Increasingly alone in the path of tree plantation certification

Posted on Apr 29, 2009

Up to last year, the Forest Stewardship Council had certified 8.6 million hectares of industrial tree plantations despite ample evidence...

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New WRM Information tools

Posted on Apr 29, 2009

WRM has produced four new briefings intended to serve as tools for action. The briefing “Ethanol from cellulose: A technology that could...

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FSC: Stop certifying monoculture tree plantations!

Posted on Sep 27, 2008

Asia Pulp and Paper is probably the most controversial paper company in the world. It has destroyed vast areas of forest in Sumatra and...

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Brazil: The pulp and paper companies’ “green international quality standard labels”

Posted on Sep 27, 2008

Approximately five years ago, Aracruz obtained a “green” quality label for its plantations in the extreme south of Bahia. This is a...

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Offsetting Democracy

Posted on Apr 28, 2008

Carbon trading and offsets distract attention from the wider, systemic changes and collective political action that needs to be taken in...

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The Convention on Biodiversity, GM trees and paper consumption

Posted on Jan 3, 2008

In March 2006, in Curitiba, Brazil, the parties to the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) discussed the issue of genetically modified (GM)...

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The CBD and the Need to Conserve Real Forests, Not Fake Forests

Posted on Jan 3, 2008

The main threat to the world’s forests is not that they will all be cut in the coming decades. There is an even larger threat; that...

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Rome meeting to assess implementation of the CBD Programme of Work on Protected Areas

Posted on Jan 3, 2008

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Parties, intergovernmental agencies, conservation NGOs, indigenous peoples and local communities,...

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Indonesia: The impacts of oil palm plantations on women

Posted on Aug 18, 2007

Twenty-two women from provinces throughout Kalimantan and Sumatra gathered in Bogor from 22nd to 24th May to discuss the effects that oil...

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Papua New Guinea: Life can be hard for women in oil palm plantations

Posted on Aug 18, 2007

Large scale oil palm plantations have proved to be a very bad development for local people in PNG, and especially women for whom they have...

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Solomon Islands: Women wounded by logging company for defending their land

Posted on Aug 18, 2007

Logging operations of Omex Industry Limited in Boloboe land on Vella La Vella island, Western Province of the country, have long been a...

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Solomon Islands: Logging as the main factor of sexual abuse of girls

Posted on Aug 18, 2007

Logging in Southern countries has proved that it may collect big export revenues for governments and huge profits for companies, but for...

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Proposed changes to CDM rules will give incentive to clear forest and provide subsidy for plantations industry

Posted on Jun 19, 2007

To the disappointment of some and the relief of others, tree plantation projects, particularly those involving large-scale monocultures,...

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Brazil: Third V&M’s go under CDM for their tree plantations

Posted on Jun 19, 2007

Registered on last January 22, the “Project 0143 : UTE Barreiro S.A. Renewable Electricity Generation Project” of Vallourec &...

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Emissions trading schemes promoted by G8 defer genuine climate action and generate massive profits for the largest polluters

Posted on May 23, 2007

The hegemony of the G8 in international forums such as the United Nations Framework Convention of Climate Change means that global climate...

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How credible is carbon compensation?

Posted on Apr 23, 2007

Eindhoven Airport in the Netherlands has claimed to be the first airport in Europe where passengers as of May 2007 can compensate emissions...

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Obscenity of carbon trading

Posted on Mar 24, 2007

If we want to curb climate change, carbon trading won’t do. In 1992, an infamous leaked memo from Lawrence Summers, who was at the...

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The EU’s dead-end approach to climate-proofing Europe’s transport sector: The More Gas You Guzzle the Greener You Are

Posted on Feb 26, 2007

Biofuels are flavour of the month for car-makers and politicians keen to be seen as green without directly addressing the problem of...

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Facing the biofuel rush: Land must be used to feed people, not cars

Posted on Feb 26, 2007

The present eagerness of the European Union to favour the use and import of biofuel as an alternative to fossil fuels has risen serious...

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Sign-on letter to CBD urging a ban on genetically modified trees

Posted on Sep 30, 2006

At its last Conference of the Parties (COP8), the Convention on Biological Diversity adopted a very important Decision (VIII/19),...

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Mumbai-Porto Alegre Forest Initiative: Linking the struggle against plantations with alternative local uses of forests

Posted on Dec 9, 2005

The Mumbai-Porto Alegre (MPA) Forest Initiative is intended to serve as a platform for the joining of forces and for the building of...

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Laos: Did The World Bank Fudge Figures to Justify Nam Theun 2?

Posted on Jun 15, 2005

When the World Bank approved US$270 million in grants and guarantees for the controversial one thousand megawatt Nam Theun 2 (NT2)...

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Peru: IDB funds the Camisea gas project that endangers biological and cultural forest diversity

Posted on Jun 15, 2005

Camisea is the greatest energy project in the history of Peru. This project involves the extraction of natural gas in an area known as Lot...

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Uruguay: Campaign against IFC funding of pulp mill projects

Posted on Jun 15, 2005

Uruguay is in the sights of the pulp industry. The Finnish multinational company, Metsa Botnia and the Spanish company Ence are proposing...

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The Impact of Protected Areas on Twa Women

Posted on Feb 12, 2004

The Twa are the indigenous people of the Great Lakes region of Central Africa, inhabiting Burundi, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo...

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Pachamama: The Impact of the Commodification of Nature on Women

Posted on Feb 12, 2004

Pachamama is a Quechua term, which stands, basically, for Mother Earth. The Quechua, an Indigenous People living in a large part of the...

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World Bank Carbon Finance in Brazil: New funding source for industrial tree plantations

Posted on Nov 14, 2003

The World Bank Prototype Carbon Fund’s (PCF) Plantar project has been heavily criticized by NGOs and civil society movements ever since...

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Indonesia: Going for business with the CDM

Posted on Nov 14, 2003

The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change may be totally...

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Laos: EcoSecurities helps ADB provide carbon subsidies to the pulp industry

Posted on Nov 14, 2003

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has big plans for plantations in Laos. World Rainforest Movement has obtained a leaked report of a recent...

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World Bank Carbon Finance Funds unlikely to contribute to poverty alleviation in Uganda

Posted on Nov 14, 2003

Earlier this year, several officials of the Ugandan government received large concessions for land suitable for afforestation and...

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The alternative forest treaty: NGOs complied with their commitments

Posted on Aug 12, 2002

It is worth remembering that during the 1992 Earth Summit (or United Nations Conference on Environment and Development) two processes took...

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MANGROVE RELATED NETWORKS

Posted on Oct 27, 2001

The Industrial Shrimp Action Network, ISA Net, was formed in 1997, to conduct campaigns with and assist non-governmental organizations from...

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News from the International Secretariat

Posted on Nov 20, 1999

Ricardo Carrere visited in October the states of Espirito Santo and Bahia invited by CIMI (Conselho Indigenista Missionario). During his...

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News from the International Secretariat

Posted on Oct 20, 1999

On September 17th and in the framework of an international campaign we addressed Mr Hiroshi Yasuda, Governor of the Export-Import Bank of...

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Central African Conference on Forests

Posted on Aug 30, 1998

As informed in WRM bulletin 11, the second meeting of the Conference on Central African Moist-Forest Ecosystems (CEFDHAC) took place in...

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Sarawak: Dayak Ibans sue the police

Posted on Aug 30, 1998

Seven Dayak Iban natives from Rumah Bugah, Tubai, Ukong, Limbang are suing the Police for wrongful arrest and baseless imprisonment. The...

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“Reform” times in Indonesia?

Posted on Aug 30, 1998

The ban on the activities of three environmental NGOs -LBBJ; Plasma and SHK Kaltim- in Kutai district, East Kalimantan has caused general...

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Sawit Watch: an Indonesian network against oil palm plantations

Posted on Aug 30, 1998

Oil palm (know as “Sawit” in Indonesia) is an increasing problem for people and the environment in that country. In May this...

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The struggle against Indorayon in Indonesia

Posted on Aug 30, 1998

On July 20 over 1,000 security forces arrived to break through a blockade set up by villagers and students at Indorayon’s paper and...

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Vietnam: good old incentives for plantations

Posted on Aug 30, 1998

It seems amazing that tree plantations can be promoted all over the world as a profitable activity, while at the same time they need to...

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The “Mexican version” of pulpwood plantations

Posted on Aug 30, 1998

The increased activities of the “maquiladora” industry (installed within Mexico and based on imported inputs and external...

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Aracruz: some polite suggestions from a forester

Posted on Aug 30, 1998

We received the following message from Brazilian forester Jackson Roberto Eleoterio (from the University of Sao Paulo), which we...

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Brazil: NGOs oppose WWF-World Bank’s 10% Campaign

Posted on Aug 30, 1998

We, the undersigned Non-Governmental Organizations, wish to express our concern with both the content and the potential consequences of the...

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Colombia: monoculture tree plantations promoted in the Andes

Posted on Aug 30, 1998

As in a number of other countries, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is now promoting the development of pulpwood plantations in...

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Ecuador: Greenpeace action to protect remaining mangroves

Posted on Aug 30, 1998

31 July 1998. Ecuador’s Minister of Environment has promised Greenpeace that she will take steps to secure a permanent ban on...

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Venezuela: highway blockade against electric transmission line

Posted on Aug 30, 1998

Indigenous peoples of the Imataca and Gran Sabana regions began a blockade of the only highway between Venezuela and Brazil, to protest...

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Tanzania: mangroves menaced by aquaculture project

Posted on Jun 30, 1998

The Rufiji Delta in South Eastern Tanzania is one of the largest blocks of mangrove forests in East and Southern Africa. It covers an area...

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Nigeria: NGO nominated for the Sophie Prize

Posted on Jun 30, 1998

The Sophie Foundation, an organization based in Norway, has nominated the Nigerian NGO Environmental Rights Action, for the Sophie Prize...

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Villagers arbitrarily arrested in Thailand

Posted on Jun 30, 1998

For the past five years, the small community of the village of Pang Daeng, in the mountainous northern province of Chiang Mai, Thailand,...

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The truth about Rio Tinto

Posted on Jun 30, 1998

At a meeting held last February in Johannesburg, South Africa, a group of trade unionists from 14 countries announced the launch of an...

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Indonesia: local people burn oil palm plantation company’s base camp

Posted on Jun 30, 1998

A land dispute between local farmers from Kuala Batee and the oil palm plantation company PT Cemerlang Abdi has erupted into violent...

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Canada: Victory of indigenous peoples in court

Posted on Jun 30, 1998

Daishowa Inc. is a Canadian corporation with business premises in the provinces of Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba, that operates in the...

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Ecuador: Sign-on letter to protect UNESCO reserve from oil exploitation

Posted on Jun 30, 1998

The following includes a description of the situation facing Yasuni National Park, a sign-on letter and an appeal to remain in contact with...

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Suriname: gold, coke and malaria

Posted on Jun 30, 1998

by Iwan Brave The Venetiaan administration sold the rainforest bit by bit. But the current Bouterse minded NDP government is having a...

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Indigenous communities against logging company in Bolivia

Posted on Jun 30, 1998

Bolivian forests are among the richest in the world in terms of biodiversity, with more than 2500 species of trees. Protected areas include...

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Venezuela: National Meeting in Defence of the Gran Sabana and Sierra de Imataca

Posted on Jun 30, 1998

The Penon indigenous peoples of Venezuela are inviting to a meeting which will be held at Kumarakapay (San Francisco de Yuruani), la Gran...

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Uruguay: anti-pulpwood plantation movement on the rise

Posted on Jun 30, 1998

The situation in Uruguay, where Parliament unanimously passed a forestry law in 1987 to promote industrial tree plantations with almost no...

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Central African Conference on Forests

Posted on May 2, 1998

The second meeting of the Conference on Central African Moist-Forest Ecosystems (CEFDHAC) will take place in Bata, Equatorial Guinea from 8...

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Integration can aggravate deforestation

Posted on May 2, 1998

A group of NGO representatives from many countries of the region met in the Environmental Forum of the Peoples’ Summit of the...

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Thailand: the struggle of forest peoples to remain in the forest

Posted on May 2, 1998

There has been, over the course of the last decades in Thailand, many developments concerning the rights of the tribal peoples found...

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Multinational mining in The Philippines

Posted on May 2, 1998

A group of fourty community activists from around Asia and the Pacific have recently held a meeting in Baguio City to review the impact of...

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Nicaragua: indigenous communities win battle against Korean logging company

Posted on May 2, 1998

A large meeting took place last February in Rosita, a village on the Atlantic coast of Nicaragua, attended by representatives of indigenous...

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Mexico: Mangroves vs. Shrimp Farming and Golf Courses

Posted on May 2, 1998

The municipality of San Blas, Nayarit, Mexico is witnessing with great concern how the overdevelopment that has taken place in nearby...

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Chile: World Bank acknowledges mistake and impacts in the Bio Bio Pangue dam

Posted on May 2, 1998

In a press conference during the recent Summit of the Americas held in Santiago, Chile, Mr. James Wolfensohn, President of the World Bank,...

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Roraima fires: more than meets the eye

Posted on May 2, 1998

We have received the following contribution from Leonardo Acurero, through our Venezuelan friends from AMIGRANSA, related to the actors...

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Chile: native forests cleared for plantations

Posted on May 2, 1998

One of the more widely publicized arguments for the promotion of industrial tree plantations says that fast growing plantations help to...

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Good news from South Africa

Posted on Mar 2, 1998

The Kruger National Park is to be enlarged by 5,000 hectares, while by the same agreement recently concluded, the Makuleke community...

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Nigeria: Shell sets forest ablaze

Posted on Mar 2, 1998

News of huge forest fires -as the ones that affected Indonesia and those that are spreading in Roraima in the Brazilian Amazon- are...

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Indonesia: Dayak’s tour seeking support

Posted on Mar 2, 1998

A group of Dayaks recently toured Australia to promote solidarity with their struggle for land rights and compensation from...

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Indonesia: Timber empires collapsing

Posted on Mar 2, 1998

The timber empires of Bob Hasan and others are crumbling amid the economic crisis in Indonesia. A third of the country’s timber companies...

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Thailand: forest defenders arrested

Posted on Mar 2, 1998

Kanchanaburi March 6, 1998: Sulak Sivaraksa and some 50 students and activists who have been camping in the forest were arrested and taken...

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New web site on indigenous forestry education

Posted on Mar 2, 1998

There is a complete report and other significant information from the Indigenous Perspectives in Forestry Education Workshop, hosted by...

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The Roraima Amazon forest fire in Brazil

Posted on Mar 2, 1998

The state of Roraima, in northern Brazil is on fire. A disaster similar to the recent fires in Indonesia is taking place and government...

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The patenting of Ayahuasca: IAF breaks with COICA

Posted on Mar 2, 1998

MESSAGE FROM COICA Dear brothers and friends: Many thanks to all for the dozens of expressions of solidarity that we have received,...

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Colombia: U’wa indigenous peoples confront oil companies

Posted on Mar 2, 1998

Responding to the immediate and increasing threat of oil exploration on their lands, the U’wa people have issued a statement...

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Bolivia: call for financial support

Posted on Mar 2, 1998

APCOB (“Apoyo para el campesino indígena del oriente boliviano”: “Support to the Indigenous Peasant of Eastern Bolivia”)...

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Nigeria: WRM “unwittingly subversive”

Posted on Feb 2, 1998

As a response to a fax sent by the WRM International Secretariat requesting information about Baton Mittee, Nigerian activist arrested in...

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