World Rainforest Movement

12 Replies to 12 Lies about Oil Palm monocultures plantations – new layout

Posted on Sep 26, 2016

This report aims at strengthening the struggles of all those who are opposing large-scale oil palm plantations in the global South. After...

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Fanonerana harena voajanahary ataon’ny Rio Tinto ao Madagasikara

Posted on Jun 9, 2016

MALAGASY. Fangoronan-tany avo roa heny amin’ny anaran’ny harena voajanahary ? Taona tato ho ato, ireo kaompania mpitrandraka dia...

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Rio Tinto’s biodiversity offset in Madagascar – Double landgrab in the name of biodiversity?

Posted on Apr 13, 2016

A field report by WRM and Re:Common Also available in MalagasyIn recent years mining companies have become actively engaged in...

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

Posted on Oct 29, 2015

A new joint publication by GRAIN and the World Rainforest Movement (WRM) looks at the dangers for peasant communities from one of the main...

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Tema Hari Hutan Internasional Tahun 2015 Persatuan Bangsa-Bangsa: “Hutan / Iklim / Perubahan” Apa yang berubah?

Posted on Mar 20, 2015

BAHASA. Hutan sangat penting untuk komunitas manusia yang menggantungkan hidup pada hutan, tidak hanya untuk mendapatkan makanan namun...

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United Nations’ 2015 International Day of Forests. Theme: “Forests / Climate / Change”. What change? 

Posted on Mar 20, 2015

Download as pdf here. Also available in Bahasa The aim of this document is to respond to this year’s campaign for March 21 carried out by...

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REDD: A Collection of Conflicts, Contradictions and Lies

Posted on Dec 3, 2014

REDD: A Collection of Conflicts, Contradictions and Lies presents summaries of reports from 24 REDD projects or programmes with a common...

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REDD berpindah dari hutan ke bentang daratan/seni pertamanan: Lebih serupa, lebih besar dan dengan resiko kerusakan yang lebih besar

Posted on Sep 27, 2014

BAHASA. Di akhir tahun 1980an, FAO dan Bank Dunia meluncurkan program besar mereka untuk menghentikan kehilangan/penyempitan hutan. Itu...

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REDD moves from forests to landscapes: More of the same, just bigger and with bigger risk to cause harm

Posted on Sep 27, 2014

Text: Jutta Kill Published in September 2014 (previously as an article of the monthly electronic bulletin of WRM of July 2014) Also...

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“Blue Carbon” and “Blue REDD”: Transforming coastal ecosystems into merchandise

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

Also available in Bahasa – Translated by KIARA Text: Winfridus Overbeek Photos: Redmanglar Internacional, Kiara, CPP,...

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GE tree research: A country by country overview – 2014 update

Posted on Sep 24, 2014

Research on genetically engineered trees is being –or has beencarried out in a number of countries, but the public is either unaware...

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Nuevas tendencias en la expansión de los monocultivos industriales de árboles en América Latina

Posted on Sep 23, 2014

Only available in Spanish and Portuguese. Download here the full document in pdf format in Spanish or in Portuguese Documento informativo...

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Monocultivos de árboles en América Latina: situación laboral y destrucción de economías locales

Posted on Aug 29, 2014

Only available in Spanish By the WRM and RECOMA Download as pdf here Las empresas que promueven plantaciones en gran escala de monocultivos...

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Perdagangan Jasa Ekosistem. Ketika “pembayaran untuk jasa lingkungan” memberikan izin untuk merusak

Posted on Apr 29, 2014

BAHASA. Kenapa tinjauan singkat tentang PES, atau pembayaran untuk “jasa lingkungan”? Agensi PBB, industri, ahli ekonomi ekologis,...

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Trade in Ecosystem Services. When payment for environmental services delivers a permit to destroy

Posted on Apr 29, 2014

This new publication looks at the concept of ‘Payment for Environmental Services’ in its current cloths; examines some of the claims made by those who argue that putting a price on Nature is the only way to save Nature

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Observations on a private REDD project in the state of Acre, Brasil

Posted on Nov 27, 2013

Study conducted by the Centro de Memória das Lutas e Movimentos Sociais da Amazônia. Document published in “Leyes, políticas y...

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Masking the Destruction: REDD+ in the Peruvian Amazon

Posted on Nov 22, 2013

By Joanna Cabello, World Rainforest Movement Document published in “Leyes, políticas y economía verde al servicio del despojo de...

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The Monte Pascoal‐Pau Brasil ecological corridor carbon, community and biodiversity initiative: another carbon offset failure

Posted on Nov 17, 2013

by Jutta Kill, World Rainforest Movement. Document published in “Leyes, políticas y economía verde al servicio del despojo de los...

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Eucalyptus Plantations for Energy: A Case Study of Suzano’s plantations for wood pellet exports in the Baixo Parnaíba region, Maranhão, Brazil

Posted on Nov 7, 2013

Also available in Portuguese. This is the first documented case of a land-grab in Brazil for biomass destined for power stations in the UK....

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FSC consultation and complaints procedures: the case of Veracel Celulose in Brazil

Posted on Sep 29, 2013

For many years WRM has been denouncing the FSC certification of monoculture tree plantations. The scale of these monocultures is one of...

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Oil palm in Africa: past, present and future scenarios – 2013 update

Posted on Aug 30, 2013

Original version by Ricardo Carrere – updated by the WRM in 2013. Oil palm is a traditional native crop for West and Central African...

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12 Replies to 12 Lies about Oil Palm monocultures plantations

Posted on Jun 13, 2013

Focusing on the claims made by the oil palm industry to “sell” their industrial plantations, the World Rainforest Movement (WRM) has...

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12 Majibu ya uongo katika mashamba ya viwanda mafuta ya mawese

Posted on Jun 9, 2013

SWAHILI. Kuanzishwa Zaidi ya miongo miwili iliyopita, mashamba monoculture mawese na mifuniko ya mamilioni ya hekta za ardhi ya jamii...

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12 Biyano na lokuta na maye matali bilanga ya masini ya nzete ya mbila

Posted on Jun 9, 2013

LINGALA. Ebandeli Biyano zomi na mibale na lokuta ya maye matali lolenge ya bosali bilanga ya nzete ya mbila na masini. Uta mbula zomi na...

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Tree plantations in the South to generate energy in the North: A new threat to communities and forests

Posted on Mar 9, 2013

Apparently out of concern over climate change and the urgent need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions produced by the burning of fossil...

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Étude sur l’impact des plantations agro-industrielles de palmiers à huile et d’hévéas sur les populations du Gabon

Posted on Mar 2, 2013

Only available in French By Franck Ndijimbi. The NGO Brainforest, in collaboration with FERN and WRM, has conducted this study on the...

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10 things communities should know about REDD

Posted on Jan 11, 2013

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

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10 Bokebi na ntina ya REDD o kati na baye mboka to bituka

Posted on Jan 9, 2013

LINGALA. Pene ya million koto isato na bato ya basi mpe babali ya mboka, bazui biloko ya zamba. Bakolo mboka, batu ya tradition, bomoyi...

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10 alert iliyo REDD kwa jami

Posted on Jan 9, 2013

SWAHILI. Karibu milioni 300 watu, ikiwa ni pamoja na wanawake na wazawa, mazao ya misitu ushuru, wakulima na wakazi wa jadi moja kwa...

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10 Hal Yang Harus Diketahui Oleh Komunitas Tentang REDD

Posted on Jan 9, 2013

BAHASA. Tujuan utama dari buklet ini adalah untuk memberikan informasi kepada komunitas tentang persoalan serius yang dapat diakibatkan...

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Uncertain Futures. The impacts of Sime Darby on communities in Liberia

Posted on Aug 20, 2012

By Silas Kpanan’Ayoung Siakor Media Brief Large-scale land grant to Sime Darby to grow oil palm in Liberia threatens the rights of...

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Economía verde: el asalto final a los bienes comunes

Posted on Jun 15, 2012

Only available in Spanish Por GRAIN,  ATALC y el WRM Este libro es un esfuerzo colectivo por entender cuál es el trasfondo de los...

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Sebuah tinjauan terhadap industri perkebunan di bagian. Selatan Konflik, tren, dan resistensi perjuangan

Posted on Jun 11, 2012

BAHASA. Abstrak Selama lebih dari dua dekade, industri perkebunan (ITPs), khususnya yang berskala besar, dikelola secara intensif,...

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An overview of industrial tree plantations in the global South: conflicts, trends, and resistance struggles.

Posted on Jun 11, 2012

After many years of supporting local struggles and disseminating information from different countries on tree monocultures and its impacts,...

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Democratic Republic of Congo. Conservation International REDD pilot project: a different kind of Disney production

Posted on Nov 10, 2011

By Belmond Tchoumba This report is based on the fi ndings of research conducted by WRM on the REDD pilot project being undertaken by...

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Forest definition

Posted on Nov 10, 2011

When we talk about “the definition of forest”, what is perhaps most striking is the fact that, although there are many definitions of...

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REDD in the Congo Basin

Posted on Dec 11, 2010

The forest of the Congo Basin expands over an area of continuous tropical rainforest cover only second to that of the Amazon forest. The...

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The Expansion of Tree Monocultures in Mozambique. Impacts on local peasants communities in the Province of Niassa

Posted on May 18, 2010

A field report, by Winfridus Overbeek. This publication is the result of a visit to Mozambique in November 2009 by two activists involved...

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RSPO: The “greening” of the dark palm oil business

Posted on Mar 11, 2010

Over the past few decades, oil palm plantations have rapidly spread throughout Asia, Africa and Latin America, where millions of hectares...

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Résistances contre deux géants industriels en forêt tropicale

Posted on Dec 22, 2008

(Only available in French) Populations locales versus plantations commerciales d’hévéas et de palmiers à huile dans le Sud-Cameroun By...

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Plantations, poverty and power: Europe’s role in the expansion of the pulp industry in the South

Posted on Dec 18, 2008

By Chris Lang The area of industrial tree plantations is expanding in the global South. Vast areas of monocultures have been established to...

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Plantations in the mekong region: overview

Posted on Dec 15, 2008

Eucalyptus, oil palm, rubber and jatropha monoculture plantations are expanding onto local communities’ lands and forests in the Mekong...

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Timber Plantations in Southern Africa

Posted on Dec 15, 2008

Timber plantations in southern Africa are concentrated in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Swaziland, but they are also expanding in Mozambique....

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Oil palm and rubber plantations in Western and Central Africa: An Overview

Posted on Dec 15, 2008

Oil palm and rubber plantations are very similar in many respects, but there is something that clearly differentiates them: oil palm is a...

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Ethanol from cellulose: A technology that could spell disaster

Posted on Dec 15, 2008

Switching from fossil to alternative liquid fuels would appear to be a good idea, particularly in the context of climate change. Such is...

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From REDD to HEDD

Posted on Nov 17, 2008

WRM contribution to the Convention on Climate Change  Forests, everyone knows, are good for the climate – which makes it all the more...

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Carbon Neutral Magicians

Posted on Nov 15, 2008

Being “carbon neutral” has become fashionable. The World Bank, the Vatican, the World Olympics, the Football World Cup, the Body Shop,...

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Women, Communities and Plantations in Ecuador

Posted on Oct 22, 2008

By Ivonne Ramos and Nathalia Bonilla Testimonials on a socially and environmentally destructive forestry model Joint Research of Acción...

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FSC certification of tree plantations needs to be stopped

Posted on Oct 15, 2008

Plantations are monocultures, created from seemingly endless rows of identical trees. They suck the water out of nearby streams and ponds...

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Working conditions and health impacts of industrial tree monocultures

Posted on Feb 17, 2008

The environmental impacts of industrial tree monocultures have been widely documented, as have the effects of this industry on local...

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Transgenic Trees

Posted on Dec 17, 2007

Until now the debate over genetically modified organisms – also known as transgenic organisms – has mainly focused on agricultural...

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Women and Eucalyptus. Stories of Life and Resistance

Posted on Nov 22, 2007

Impacts of Eucalyptus Monocultures on Indigenous and Afrobrazilian Women in the State of Espírito Santo. By Gilsa Barcellos and Simone...

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Swaziland: The myth of sustainable timber plantations

Posted on Mar 22, 2007

By Wally Menne and Ricardo Carrere Although Swaziland is not a very well known country, many foresters not only know about its existence...

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A funny place to store carbon: UWA-FACE Foundation’s tree planting project in Mount Elgon National Park, Uganda

Posted on Dec 22, 2006

By Chris Lang and Timothy Byakola “A funny place to store carbon: UWA-FACE Foundation’s tree planting project in Mount Elgon National...

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Oil Palm. From Cosmetics to Biodiesel, Colonization Lives On

Posted on Sep 22, 2006

Selection of articles published in the monthly electronic bulletin of the World Rainforest Movement, addressing the impacts of the oil palm...

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Monoculture tree plantations in Ecuador

Posted on Aug 25, 2006

By Patricia Granda Through various government programmes and initiatives, with the support of international cooperation agencies,...

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Social conflict and environmental disaster: A report on Asia Pulp and Paper’s operations in Sumatra, Indonesia

Posted on Aug 22, 2006

By Rivani Noor and Rully Syumanda This report discusses the social, economic and environmental impacts of APP’s operations. Chapter one...

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Greenwash: Critical analysis of FSC certification of industrial tree monocultures in Uruguay

Posted on Apr 25, 2006

By Ricardo Carrere The aim of this report is to provide documented information and analysis to all those who are currently struggling...

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Creating Poverty in Laos: The Asian Development Bank and Industrial Tree Plantations

Posted on Apr 25, 2006

By Chris Lang and Bruce Shoemaker. Contents: · Background: Forests and Rural Communities in Laos · The Failure of the ADB’s First...

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The death of the Forest: A Report on Wuzhishan’s and Green Rich’s Plantation activities in Cambodia

Posted on Mar 18, 2006

By the World Rainforest Movement Proponents of industrial tree plantations argue that the plantations are “reforestation”, increasing...

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A Study of the Social and Economic Impacts of Industrial Tree Plantations in the KwaZulu – Natal Province of South Africa

Posted on Dec 25, 2005

By John Blessing Karumbidza In the industrial tree-growing sector the primary initiative has entailed two particular strategies. One has...

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Indigenous Peoples. Their forests, struggles and rights

Posted on Dec 18, 2005

By the World Rainforest Movement This book gathers articles published in the monthly electronic bulletin of the World Rainforest Movement...

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Women, forests and plantations. The gender Dimension

Posted on Aug 18, 2005

By the World Rainforest Movement Selection of articles published in the monthly electronic bulletin of the World Rainforest Movement,...

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The economic and social context of monoculture tree plantations in Chile: the case of the commune of Lumaco, Araucania region

Posted on Aug 18, 2005

By René Montalba Navarro, Noelia Carrasco Henríquez and José Araya Cornejo By means of testimonials, documents and figures, the present...

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Promises of Jobs and Destruction of Work. The case of Aracruz Celulose in Brazil

Posted on May 18, 2005

Edited by The Network Alert against the Green Desert and the WRM By: Alacir De’Nadai, Winfridus Overbeek, Luiz Alberto...

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Carbon Sink Plantations in the Ecuadorian Andes

Posted on May 2, 2005

Impacts of the Dutch FACE-PROFAFOR monoculture tree plantations’ project on indigenous and peasant communities By Patricia...

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Broken Promises: How World Bank Group policies and practice fail to protect forests and forest peoples’ rights’

Posted on Apr 8, 2005

This publication is the result of a joint effort -carried out by the Forest Peoples Programme, Rainforest Foundation UK, Environmental...

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Pulp Mills: From monocultures to Industrial Pollution

Posted on Apr 2, 2005

The whiteness of a sheet of paper hides obscure stories of enviromental degradation and social dispossession. Those stries are seldom know...

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Community Forests. Equity, use and conservation

Posted on Jun 8, 2004

As we all know, the conservation of the world’s forests requires the adoption of a series of measures to change the current model of...

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Genetically Modified Trees. The ultimate threat to forests

Posted on Jun 2, 2004

The debate on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) has until now largely focused on agricultural crops and much less on genetically...

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Mining. Social and Environmental Impacts

Posted on Mar 8, 2004

This book includes a selection of articles published in the World Rainforest Movement’s (WRM) monthly electronic bulletin on the subject...

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Protected Areas. Protected Against Whom?

Posted on Jan 8, 2004

by Oilwatch and World Rainforest Movement. This publication has been jointly produced by Oilwatch and the World Rainforest Movement for...

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Plantations are NOT forests

Posted on Oct 9, 2003

This book gathers a selection of articles published in the monthly electronic bulletin of the World Rainforest Movement (WRM), addressing...

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Salvaging Nature: Indigenous Peoples, Protected Areas and Biodiversity Conservation

Posted on Aug 8, 2003

By Marcus Colchester Salvaging Nature was first published in 1994 as a discussion document of the United Nations Research Institute for...

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Certifying the Uncertifiable. FSC Certification of Tree Plantations in Thailand and Brazil

Posted on Aug 8, 2003

By the World Rainforest Movement Concern over the spread of tree monocultures and their certification is at the centre of this book....

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Dams. Struggles against the modern dinosaurs

Posted on Apr 9, 2003

This book gathers a selection of articles published in the monthly electronic bulletin of the World Rainforest Movement (WRM), addressing...

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The direct and underlying causes of forest loss

Posted on Dec 17, 2002

Forests are one of the most valuable eco-systems in the world, containing over 60 per cent of the world’s biodiversity. This...

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The Pulp Invasion: The international pulp and paper industry in the Mekong Region

Posted on Dec 9, 2002

This report was produced in 2000-2001 for the World Rainforest Movement, looking at the current state of the pulp and paper industry in the...

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Mangroves: Local livelihoods vs. corporate profits

Posted on Dec 9, 2002

Generally speaking, public perception regarding tropical forests rarely includes mangrove forests, in spite of the fact that this type of...

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Convention on Climate Change. Privatising the Atmosphere?

Posted on Nov 17, 2002

The solution to climate change –which is already happening and being suffered by millions of people around the world– is in...

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The World Trade Organization and Forests

Posted on Oct 17, 2002

For many people around the world, the relationship between the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the future of forests appears to be...

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The World Bank in the Forest

Posted on Sep 17, 2002

Ten years after the Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit, forests continue disappearing at an alarming rate. According to the FAO, some 161 million...

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Africa: Forests under threat

Posted on Aug 9, 2002

This book gathers a selection of articles published in the monthly electronic bulletin of the World Rainforest Movement (WRM), addressing...

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The Bitter Fruit of Oil Palm

Posted on Aug 9, 2001

Given the widely ignored impacts of oil palm plantations and their widespread promotion throughout the tropics, the World Rainforest...

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The carbon shop: planting new problems

Posted on Dec 9, 2000

By Larry Lohmann Even the smallest changes in the earth’s climate have always made a big difference to human societies. When a...

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Undermining the forests. The need to control transnational mining companies: a Canadian case study

Posted on Jan 16, 2000

by Forest Peoples Programme, Philippine Indigenous Peoples Links and the World Rainforest Movement The second in a series of reports on...

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Ten replies to ten lies

Posted on Aug 9, 1999

By Ricardo Carrere, WRM Planting trees can be very good, but it can also be very bad. It all depends what you’re planting them for, the...

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Pulpwood plantations: a growing problem

Posted on Jun 9, 1999

To millions of people across the world today, the pulp and paper industry is a growing problem. The chipping of native forests to provide...

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Tree Plantations: Impacts and Struggles

Posted on Feb 9, 1999

This book includes a selection of articles published in the World Rainforest Movement’s (WRM) Bulletin on the issue of industrial...

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Pulping the South: Industrial Tree Plantations in the World Paper Economy

Posted on Dec 9, 1996

By Ricardo Carrere and Larry Lohmann This book, commissioned by the World Rainforest Movement at its meeting in Delhi in April 1994, has...

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