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Sign the petition! African women demand that oil palm companies give back their land and stop the violence

Posted on Jan 17, 2018

Support African women! Sign the petition included on this article by filling the form enclosed below. Organized women who live around...

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No to ProSavana Campaign: Peoples’ Declaration

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

The Third Triangular Conference of the Peoples—organized by the No to ProSavana Campaign—brought together people and organizations...

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Land conflict in Côte d’Ivoire: local communities continue to struggle against the state and Belgian company SIAT

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

Three villages in Côte d’Ivoire were informed in 2015 that the government had granted a concession covering a total of 11 thousand...

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African Biodiversity Network: “Matters of Principle: Guiding our way through challenging times”

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

The latest issue of the African biodiversity Network (ABN) Newsletter highlights the processes that participants of the 2017 Biennial...

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“Industrial Tree Plantations Invading Eastern and Southern Africa”

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

This briefing, compiled by the World Rainforest Movement (WRM) and the Timberwatch Coalition (TW), is now also available in Swahili. It...

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Green Resources Mozambique: More False Promises!

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

Green Resources S.A., a company with mostly Norwegian capital, is considered to be the largest tree plantation company in Africa. The reality on the ground reveals serious land conflicts between the company and local communities, in Mozambique, Uganda and Tanzania. This article reflects the situation in Mozambique.

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Carbon Colonialism: Failure of Green Resources’ Carbon Offset Project in Uganda

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

The devastating impacts of Green Resources’ tree plantation and carbon offset project in Uganda exposes the limits of carbon markets. While villagers carry the social, environmental and other costs of this project by loosing access and control over their land, the company is allowed to profit even more from its destructive plantations, framing them as “carbon sinks”.

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Southern African women organising against the violence of extractivism

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

The extractivist paradigm in Southern Africa threatens the lives and livelihoods of peasant communities, in particular women and girls: From the Tete Province in Mozambique, where women confront water scarcity and pollution to Zimbabwe’s Marange community, where militarised and often sexualised violence haunts women’s daily lives.

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Food, forests and the unfolding crisis in Zambia

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

Zambia’s peaceful context and strategic geographical location, combined with a desperate hunger for foreign direct investment, positions the country at the frontline of the global wave of resources grabbing, the crisis of global capital and the capitalisation of climate change

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Large Hydropower Dams Are Not the Answer: Time to Rethink Africa’s Energy Infrastructure

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

The Programme of Infrastructure Development for Africa (PIDA) was adopted in 2012 with the aim of connecting the continent’s energy, transport, water and communication infrastructure. But what kind of infrastructure does “Africa” really need and who is getting more access with such initiative? This article looks into the hydropower dams proposed for PIDA

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Implications of Monoculture Tree Plantations in Mozambique: The Case of Portucel Mozambique

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

Industrial tree plantation projects in Mozambique are gaining more and more ground in processes of land acquisition and dispute. The Portuguese company, Portucel, has a “reforestation” plan through 2026 that aims to cover 356 thousand hectares.

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Food sovereignty in Zimbabwe: Mopane trees and local livelihoods

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

Over the past few years, the mopane worm population – found in isolated patches of dense forests in the driest parts of Zimbabwe, like in the Mazwi village – has been diminishing, threatening local livelihoods and food sovereignty.

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Industrial tree plantations in eastern and southern Africa

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

This article gives an overview on the industrial tree plantation expansion threat in eastern and southern African countries, its external drivers, as well as the challenges this expansion presents to affected communities struggling to defend their land and livelihoods.

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Violence, appropriation and resistance: Eastern and southern Africa

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

In order to better understand peoples’ struggles across the southern and eastern regions of Africa, reflecting on its history is crucial. This editorial highlights some parts of this history. And this, of course, is just the tip of the iceberg.

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Traditional land “rights” in West and Central Africa

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

In West and Central Africa, the many radically different ways in time and space of how people relate to and manage land reflects the many...

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Widespread abuse and rights violations funded by big conservation organizations

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

A new Survival International report documents serious instances of widespread and systematic human rights abuses between 1989 and the...

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“The struggle for land is essentially feminist”

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

An interview with University of Ghana professor, Dzodzi Tsikata, makes it clear how “anyone who declares himself/herself to be a...

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In memoriam of Wally Menne – “Plantations are not Forests”

Posted on Oct 30, 2017

As WRM team, we are shocked and sad with the news that Wally Menne passed away, given the force and energy with which Wally always...

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prueba 25 de octubre 2017

Posted on Oct 25, 2017

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Petition: Stop all forms of abuse against women in large monoculture tree plantations

Posted on Oct 25, 2017

On occasion of September 21st, International day of Struggle against Tree Plantations, women from several countries from West and Central...

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Mashamba makubwa ya miti kwa ajili ya viwanda yanavyovamia Mashariki na Kusini mwa Afrika

Posted on Oct 9, 2017

Taarifa hii ya pamoja kati ya Timberwatch Coalition na World Rainforest Movement inalenga katika mambo mbalimbali ya ndani na nje...

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21 September: International Day of Struggle Against Monoculture Tree Plantations

Posted on Sep 27, 2017

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Police block peaceful action by women affected by SOCFIN oil palm plantation in Sierra Leone

Posted on Sep 26, 2017

MALOA, SILNORF, WRM, Bread for All and GRAIN | 25 September 2017 On September 21, 2017 about 150 to 200 women were stopped by police on...

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Petition: Stop all forms of abuse against women in large monoculture tree plantations

Posted on Sep 25, 2017

On occasion of September 21st, International day of Struggle against Tree Plantations, women from several countries from West and Central...

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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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Women say, “We want our lands back!”

Posted on Sep 25, 2017

Large-scale monoculture plantations “rob women of everything they have as they take the agricultural lands and forests that women depend...

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FERONIA in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Harassment, violence and oppression

Posted on Sep 21, 2017

Oil palm plantations managed by the Canadian-based agribusiness company FERONIA Inc have been opposed by local residents ever since they...

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SOCFIN’s plantations in Africa: many places of violence and destruction

Posted on Sep 21, 2017

Photo: SOCFIN In 2016, the multinational agro-industrial SOCFIN Group – controlled by the Belgian Fabri family (50.2 per cent of the...

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Republic of Congo: “ATAMA Plantations is today a source of discontent for local communities and the entire nation”

Posted on Sep 21, 2017

In 2013, Wah Seong Berhad, a Malaysian company with no prior experience on palm oil, announced its decision to invest US 744 million...

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Port Loko Declaration: Women say “We want our lands back!”

Posted on Aug 28, 2017

Click here to download this declaration in English   Women and the expansion of industrial oil palm plantations   We, leaders of...

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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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Gabon: Plans to market carbon, biodiversity, ecosystems and community “capital”

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

In 2014, the Gabonese government passed a new “Sustainable Development” Law, which authorizes companies to compensate for the...

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Madagascar: The “offsetting non-sense”

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

“It is an absurdity, as well as an injustice that they take away our forest claiming that they want to protect it, while in reality...

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An umbrella for non-compliance: “Air Quality Offsets” in South Africa

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

How air quality offsets were set in place Air quality offsets in South Africa are part of a push back against gains made in air quality...

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Kenya: International Finance Corporation throws lifeline to REDD+ project and provides greenwashing for the largest mining company in the world

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

BHP Billiton is the world’s largest mining and petroleum company running mines in 13 countries. Its main offices are in Melbourne,...

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Mobilization to denounce the abuses of the SOCFIN company, which has the Bolloré Group as major shareholder

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

Hundreds of people who live in the vicinity of SOCAPALM and SAFACAM plantations went to SOCAPALM headquarters in Bonanjo, Douala, Cameroon,...

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The Seed of Despair: Communities lose their land and water sources due to OLAM’s agribusiness in Gabon

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

“In these supposedly win-win contracts, I would like to know what our communities are gaining. On the contrary, we are losing and...

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Women and Traditional Oil Palm: A Struggle for Life

Posted on May 15, 2017

Marie Crescence Ngobo coordinates the Sustainable Development Actors Network in Cameroon (RADD, by its French acronym). RADD works with...

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Portucel – The Process of acquiring access to landand the rights of local communities

Posted on Apr 18, 2017

The report “Portucel – the Process of acquiring access to land and the rights of local communities” was published by Justiça...

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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 Apr 18, 2017

The report “The advance of Forest Plantations on the Farmers Territories in the Nacala corridor: the case of Green Resources...

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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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Main initiatives to expand tree plantations in Latin America, Africa and Asia

Posted on Feb 7, 2017

Years before governments adopted the Paris Agreement, international initiatives promising millions of hectares of reforestation and forest...

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Will the Paris Agreement Save Forests?

Posted on Feb 7, 2017

In December 2015, the Paris Agreement was celebrated with great fanfare. This agreement, part of the United Nations Framework Convention...

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Ibi Bateke tree planting project in DRC: Sold as the success it never was

Posted on Feb 6, 2017

Advertised as “ground-breaking” and the first CDM (1) project in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Ibi Bateke tree...

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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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Madagascar: Citizens’ protests put Soamahamanina mining project on hold

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

Five villagers arbitrarily arrested in September 2016 during protests against a Jiuxing Mines gold mining project located 70km west of the...

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Cameroon: Peasant association calls on Socfin to act on promises

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

The National Association of Peasant and River Populations of Cameroon, Synaparcam, called for peaceful marches on 14 November on roads...

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Trade deals threaten peasant farmer’s stewardship of seed biodiversity

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

Skilful selection and nurturing of the seeds best suited to a particular location are at the heart of peasant farming and agroforestry...

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Kam puni ya ku towa mawese ka tika DRC ikiungwa mkono na misaada ya maendeleo inakabiliwa na migogoro ya ardhi na kashfa ya fedha

Posted on Nov 4, 2016

SWAHILI. Ripoti hii iliandaliwa na umoja wa shirika za kiraia za DRC na Ulaya. Ni muendelezo wa ripoti ya mwezi wa Juni mwaka 2015 ambayo...

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New report: Land conflicts and shady finances plague DR Congo palm oil company backed by development funds

Posted on Nov 3, 2016

2 November 2016. European and US development funds are bankrolling palm oil company Feronia Inc despite land and labour conflicts at its...

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Entwicklungsbankkunde in der Kritik Landrechtskonflikte und undurchsichtige Finanztransaktionen bei kongolesischer Palmölfirma

Posted on Nov 3, 2016

GERMAN. Der Bericht wurde von einer Gruppe von Nicht-Regierungs-Organisationen aus der DR Kongo und Europa erarbeitet. Er vervollständigt...

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Société moko ya mbila na RDC ézali kosungana na lisungi ya tombwa ekutani na ba mikaatano ya mabele mpe ya misolo

Posted on Nov 3, 2016

LINGALA. Lapolo oyo esalemi na lisanga ya balobeli (société Civile) ya RDC mpe baye ba Europe. Ekomami na bolandaka lapolo mwa sanza ya...

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Land conflicts and shady finances plague DR Congo palm oil company backed by development funds

Posted on Nov 3, 2016

This report was produced by a coalition of civil society organisations in the DRC and Europe. It builds on a June 2015 report that brought...

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Press release: A petition delivered to the Mozambique government and tree plantations companies urging them to give the land back to communities

Posted on Oct 11, 2016

On September 30, a petition was delivered with 12,323 signatures from several national and international organisations, as well as from...

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Industrial Tree Plantations Invading Eastern and Southern Africa

Posted on Oct 5, 2016

New briefing: “Industrial Tree Plantations Invading Eastern and Southern Africa” In the context of emerging global trends in...

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Stop plantations expansion in Mozambique!

Posted on Sep 13, 2016

updated on September 22 Last week we asked your support for communities in Mozambique who are facing rapid expansion of timber monoculture...

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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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Protect Liberia’s unique forest heritage!

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

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

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

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

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

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Protect Liberia’s unique forest heritage!

Posted on Jul 15, 2016

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

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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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West African women defend traditional palm oil

Posted on Jul 15, 2016

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

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Peasant mobilizations in Cameroon

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

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

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

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

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

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

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

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

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

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

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

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Women and Property in Cameroon: Laws and Reality

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

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

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

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

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

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Agribusiness, a step towards increased food dependency in Africa

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

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

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

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

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

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

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

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

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Land grabbing: Tactics used by European actors abroad

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

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

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The Congo Basin: in the Sights of Capital

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

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

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Rio Tinto in Madagascar: A mine destroying the unique biodiversity of the littoral zone of Fort Dauphin

Posted on Jun 21, 2016

Representatives from the world’s most notorious mining companies are meeting at the ‘Responsible Extractives Summit’ in...

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Let´s stop further destruction by Bidco Africa industrial oil palm plantations

Posted on Jun 10, 2016

Dear friends, we ask for your support. Our colleagues from the No2Bidco Campaign in Uganda and Kenya have contacted us to request support...

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

Posted on May 9, 2016

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

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A blueprint for environmental racism

Posted on May 9, 2016

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

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Community Mapping: Geo-graphing for Resistance

Posted on May 9, 2016

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

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

Posted on May 9, 2016

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

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Racism: A Legacy of Colonial Power

Posted on May 6, 2016

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

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Mundemba declaration and statement of solidarity

Posted on Apr 15, 2016

Women, communities say NO to the expansion of oil palm plantations and industrial palm oil Each year on 17 April, peasants and food...

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Statement of solidarity with the communities of Ndian Division, Southwest Region of Cameroon

Posted on Apr 15, 2016

We are 40 participants who have united in Mundemba, Cameroon, for an international workshop on the tactics and strategies of oil palm...

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Mundemba Declaration: Women and the expansion of oil palm plantations and industrial palm oil

Posted on Apr 15, 2016

Women resist industrial palm oil (Photo: JVE-Cameroun) Considering that the aspiration to human dignity is a common ideal for humankind,...

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New report: Rio Tinto’s biodiversity offset in Madagascar

Posted on Apr 14, 2016

On the occasion of the Rio Tinto AGM on 14 April 2016 in London, Re:Common and the World Rainforest Movement, in collaboration with...

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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 Malagasy In recent years mining companies have become actively engaged in...

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Mozambique: Denunciation of the partnership between WWF and ProSavana

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

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

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

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

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

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Environmental regulation in the Green Economy: Changed to facilitate destruction

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

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

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

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

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

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

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

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

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Please take action: Stop the destruction of the Ekuri people’s ancestral rainforest in Nigeria

Posted on Feb 29, 2016

Dear friends, We need your urgent support. The Ekuri People’s ancestral land in Nigeria is under threat. The people of Ekuri live in...

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Jail term for villagers opposing Bolloré/Socfin’s palm oil plantations in Sierra Leone as trial of French journalists starts in Paris

Posted on Feb 10, 2016

10 February 2016 | Press release – A day before the start of yet another trial brought on the Bolloré Group against French...

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

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

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

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Forestry Community Forum: Community mobilisation in plantation forestry

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

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

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International Civil Society Alarmed by Conviction of Cameroonian Environmental Human Rights Defender

Posted on Nov 11, 2015

November 9, 2015 Oakland, CA—Cameroonian authorities must stop the harassment of Nasako Besingi, environmental human rights defender,...

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

Posted on Nov 9, 2015

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

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Why the RSPO facilitates land grabs for palm oil

Posted on Nov 9, 2015

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

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