World Rainforest Movement

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 MalagasyIn 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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Corporate smart agriculture

Posted on Nov 9, 2015

  As the UN climate negotiations in December approach, there’s only one major intergovernmental initiative on climate and...

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The Farce of “Smart Forestry”. The Cases of Green Resources in Mozambique and Suzano in Brazil

Posted on Nov 9, 2015

  “Nobody eats eucalyptus.”  With this statement farmers expressed their outrage when the company Aracruz Celulose...

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Trade deals, agribusiness and the climate crisis

Posted on Nov 9, 2015

  The climate talks in Paris in December this year are viewed as a last chance for the world’s governments to commit to binding...

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Territories and food sovereignty: Where the struggles of peasants and forest communities converge

Posted on Nov 9, 2015

This issue of the WRM Bulletin is co-produced with GRAIN. GRAIN works to support small farmers and social movements in their struggles for...

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International petition to save the malagasy farmers and local communities against new threats to their lands

Posted on Oct 16, 2015

The platform SIF and Collective TANY call on the Malagasy public opinion and all citizens worldwide to sign a petition to urge the...

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Let’s save malagasy farmers against new threats to their lands

Posted on Oct 16, 2015

  Ladies and gentlemen, The Platform of the Actors on Land – SIF – and the Collective for the Defense of Malagasy Lands – TANY...

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The Durban Declaration against REDD

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

The Global Coalition Against REDD in alliance with the No REDD in Africa Network (NRAN) and supported by many international organizations...

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Africa: Where palm oil is still a source of life

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

These days, with so many companies jumping into the oil palm plantations business and with more and more extensive areas of forests...

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Forests under siege: Liberia may intensify forest destruction

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

“The world’s forests remain under threat from illegal logging… Illegal logging perpetuates corruption, undermines livelihoods, fuels...

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Democratic Republic of Congo: “We need justice to be made”

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

Interview with Jean-François Mombia on oil palm plantations Could you tell us what is the RIAO-RDC (Information and Support Network for...

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Industrial oil palm plantations: A model that violates forest-dependent peoples and their territories

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

To mark the International Day of the Struggle against Monoculture Tree Plantations on September 21, WRM, together with organizations and...

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Community-based Forest Management in the Congo Basin

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

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

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Impacts of industrial logging concessions in Africa’s rainforests

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

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

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Plantations are not forests!

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

In September 2015, the UN Organization for Food and Agriculture (FAO) will held the World Forestry Congress in Durban, South Africa, on the...

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Blood Timber: How Europe played a significant role in funding war in Central African Republic

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

In 2013, the Central African Republic was plunged into a conflict that has cost over 5,000 lives and displaced more than a million people....

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Large-scale logging in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

A video from the NGO Global Witness, who visited many communities in DRC directly impacted by the logging industry, shows the reality of...

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Logging concessions; basis of an industry, or political control?

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

Over the last two decades, massive tracts of virgin tropical forests have come under exploitation, in all three underdeveloped regions....

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Palm oil concessions for logging: the case of Herakles Farms in Cameroon

Posted on Sep 15, 2015

  With palm oil consumption predicted to triple by 2050 – and with current production mostly concentrated in Indonesia and Malaysia...

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Organizations protest against the XIV FAO World Forestry Congress

Posted on Sep 9, 2015

On the occasion of the XIV World Forestry Congress, organized by the FAO in Durban, South Africa, between 7 and 11 September, we, members...

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10th September 2015 is the Global Day of Action against Fake Forests

Posted on Aug 17, 2015

Dear all In Durban we will march to protest the expansion of industrial tree plantations that destroy ecosystems and biodiversity, steal...

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Discovering the secrets of Benin’s forests to improve nutrition

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

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

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Mining activities and environmental protection in Madagascar

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

    In Madagascar, a big island of 587 000 km2 in the Indian Ocean famous for its exceptional biodiversity and for its subsoil...

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Liberia: Vambo Community Activists ask for international support against gold mining

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

 Could you tell us who are the Vambo Community Activists?The Vambo Township Development Association is made up of ordinary people...

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Mineral extraction in the province of Nord-Kivu, DRC: present situation and analysis of environmental questions

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

    Reseau CREF (Network for Conservation and Rehabilitation of Forest Ecosystems) is a platform of organizations working on...

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Uganda: “A common right”

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

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

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African women say No to coal

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

Coal kills people. Coal destroys health and communities’ well being. Coal devastates land, water and ecosystems and Coal is destroying...

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Furthering mining in Africa in a Summit held at the centre of mining finance

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

Members of African and UK civil society and communities sent a letter to the “Mining on Top Africa: London Summit” – a decisive...

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Yes to Life, No to Mining!

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

Conceived in 2012 by a group of individuals, organisations and networks, the “Yes to Life, No to Mining” movement is committed to take...

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Oilwatch Africa: “We Will Not Eat Crude Oil”

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

Members of Oilwatch Africa network met in Lome, Togo, on 9 June 2015, to discuss the implications of the world’s dependence on fossil...

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Development of the extractive sector and impacts on communities and biodiversity in the countries of the Congo Basin

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

The countries of the Congo Basin are known for their extraordinary wealth of biodiversity and cultural diversity of their peoples. And...

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Ghana’s Mining Sector Regime: A Bad Deal for Affected Local Communities

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

Meet Nicholas Ennin, a 42-year-old farmer from Etwebo, in the Western Region of Ghana. Around 2003, his farmland and that of over 1000...

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Exploitation and Empty Promises. Wilmar’s Nigerian land grab

Posted on Jul 9, 2015

By Friends of the Earth US, Environmental Rights Action, Nigeria. Wilmar International1 is one of the world’s largest palm oil...

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RAMSAR, “Classifying Destruction”: shrimp farms and salt mines are not wetlands!

Posted on Jun 5, 2015

Press release. Redmanglar Internacional questions the fact that shrimp farms, fish culture ponds and salt mines are considered by the...

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

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

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

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Maputo Declaration of African Civil Society on Climate Justice

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

        Climate justice advocates and community and movements’ representatives met in Maputo, Mozambique from 21-23...

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Dakar to Tunis: Declaration against water and land grabbing

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

The Africa Social Forum that took place in Dakar in October 2014 released the Declaration against Water and Land grabbing, which affirms...

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ProSavana Plan in Mozambique is out and threatening peasants’ land

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

Peasants in northern Mozambique are struggling to keep their lands and water sources, as governments and foreign companies move...

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Bolloré and Socfin count their profits in Luxemburg while conflicts persist in their African and Asian plantations

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

While the shareholders of Socfin hold their annual general meeting at the Bel-Air Hotel in Luxembourg on 27 May, 300 people from six...

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Agro-colonialism in the Congo – European and US development finance is bankrolling a new round of colonialism in the DRC

Posted on Jun 2, 2015

The report is authored by GRAIN and RIAO-RDC in collaboration with Fundación Mundubat, War on Want, Association Française...

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Several development finance institutions are funding Feronia Inc., an agribusiness company accused of land grabbing and human rights abuses in DRC

Posted on Jun 2, 2015

For immediate release Réseau d’information et d’appui aux ONG nationales (RIAO-RDC) | GRAIN Media release 2 June...

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Wilmar International: Destroying lives for profit

Posted on May 6, 2015

The radio program Growing Voices, from Radio Mundo Real, discusses the impacts of the highly criticized Wilmar International, one of the...

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African resistance to land grabs by plantation companies Bolloré and Socfin

Posted on May 6, 2015

Peasant farmers deprived of their lands launch a series of occupations on Socfin’s plantations in Cameroon, Liberia, Cambodia and Côte...

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World Bank paving the way for a national biodiversity offset strategy in Liberia

Posted on May 6, 2015

In March 2015, the World Bank presented a report that will help mining companies operating in Liberia present themselves as saviours of...

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From Africa’s Palms

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

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

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World Forestry Congress in Africa 2015: More tree monocultures or more forest conservation for Africa?

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

  In September this year, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is organizing the XIV World Forestry...

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Trading communal rights in Gabon: The ‘Sustainable Development’ Law

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

The government of Gabon adopted a new ‘Sustainable Development’ Law in August 2014. This Law is the first that introduces credits not...

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African Amazons fight destruction of forests

Posted on Mar 10, 2015

In recent decades, the sustainable management of natural resources and the conservation of biological diversity have become a major...

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

Posted on Mar 6, 2015

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

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Nigeria: Tales of Grabland

Posted on Feb 27, 2015

A documentary from “Land Justice for West Africa” shows how Ogoni communities, already affected severely by the oil industry in the...

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“Energy Alternatives, Surveying the Territory”

Posted on Dec 21, 2014

This report from the organization Corner House explores the question “What’s the alternative to current energy systems?” in a context...

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Mapping popular alternative proposals of envisioning infrastructure

Posted on Dec 21, 2014

The NGO network ECA Watch is mapping social movements’ alternative proposals to the large-scale infrastructure projects, including water,...

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Forests as important as farming for some rural communities

Posted on Dec 21, 2014

A global study carried out by the Poverty and Environment Network has helped in understanding the role forests play in enhancing people’s...

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Declaration of the People’s Summit on Climate Change, Lima, Peru

Posted on Dec 21, 2014

The People’s Summit on Climate Change was held December 8-11 in opposition to the false solutions being discussed at the UN climate...

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Women fighting against extractive industries

Posted on Dec 21, 2014

During the UN climate negotiations in Lima, the World March of Women expressed its active solidarity with Máxima Acuña, who is facing...

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How the industrial food system contributes to the climate crisis

Posted on Dec 21, 2014

The non-profit organization GRAIN has released an educational pamphlet that clearly demonstrates the fundamental role of the industrial...

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Environmental and Social Justice Photography contest

Posted on Dec 21, 2014

The Critical Information Collective is launching a new annual environmental and social justice photography competition, which will be open...

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