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Declaración de la Red Latinoamericana contra los Monocultivos de Árboles – RECOMA

Posted on Sep 20, 2016

Only available in Spanish or Portuguese 21 de setiembre de 2016 Día Internacional de Lucha contra los Monocultivos de Árboles Descargar...

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Carta-denuncia en rechazo a la iniciativa “Plataforma de Plantaciones de Nueva Generación”

Posted on Jun 6, 2016

Only available in Spanish 5 de junio – Día Mundial del Medio Ambiente En ocasión del 5 de junio, Día Mundial del Medio Ambiente,...

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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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Manifesto for the International Day for the defense of the mangrove forests

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

Since 2004, through the International ‘Redmanglar’ (Mangrove Network) – which brings together communities, organizations,...

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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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Mining, militarization and criminalization of social protests in Latin America

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

  It’s no news that extractive projects throughout Latin America have imposed a model of extraction and export that reaches ever...

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Latin America and EU Trade relationships – Animated video

Posted on Jun 9, 2015

de EU Latin America.This video explains how a trade relationship – mainly based on the extraction of raw materials – is...

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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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Activate Resistance against Monocultures

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

A video produced by Radio Mundo Real, in collaboration with the Alliance for Biodiversity, Friends of the Earth Latin America and the...

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Stora Enso and GM trees: Intensifying destruction of forests and peoples

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

  Stora-Enso, a giant Swedish-Finnish industrial forestry company and one of the largest producers of pulp and paper in the world, is...

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Women speak: climate justice stories from the frontlines

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

On December 8, 2014, a group of extraordinary women leaders gathered in Lima, Peru during the UN climate negotiations to speak out against...

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Femicide and Impunity: A humanitarian crisis in Central America, and a growing problem worldwide

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

El Salvador has the highest rate of femicide in the world, Guatemala the third and Honduras the seventh. In Guatemala and Honduras only 2%...

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In defence of life in the Amazon, humanity and the planet

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

Leaders of indigenous peoples of the Brazilian Amazon participating in the World Social Forum on Biodiversity held in Manaus, Brazil in...

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Ideas for the political thought of La Via Campesina in the Amazon

Posted on Mar 6, 2015

The coordinating team of La Via Campesina in the state of Pará, Brazil, has compiled in a book the political struggles waged over time in...

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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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An alternative to “alternatives”

Posted on Dec 21, 2014

There’s an old joke in the US about a public prosecutor who starts to build a case against the Mafia in her city. One day she...

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Challenges for the struggles of women rooted in their territories: A decolonial perspective

Posted on Dec 21, 2014

When corporations, government agencies and sometimes NGOs plan and implement projects for oil and gas extraction, hydroelectric power...

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The complex debate about alternatives

Posted on Dec 20, 2014

This last World Rainforest Movement bulletin of the year 2014 focuses on an issue that is somehow present in all of the local struggles...

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December 3: International Day Against Pesticide Use

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

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

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Gendering Peasant Movements, Gendering Food Sovereignty

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

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

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The great REDD gamble. Time to ditch risky REDD for community-based approaches that are effective, ethical and equitable.

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

A Friends of the Earth report looks at specific case studies which demonstrate that REDD projects can facilitate rather than prevent the...

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Why are women fighting against extractivism and climate change?

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

It is obvious that capitalism feeds on and is sustained by the exploitation of workers, women, indigenous peoples and nature. And, while...

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What is the biggest REDD+ contradiction?

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

  For almost ten years, a group of banks, corporations, governments and NGOs have been attempting to show the world that REDD+ is a...

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“New trends in the expansion of industrial tree monocultures in Latin America”, a WRM publication

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

The area planted in eucalyptus and pine in Latin America has doubled in the past three decades, due to the action of national and...

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Organization and mobilization against the corporate takeover of the climate summit convened by Ban Ki-moon in New York City

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

More than 330 international organizations, social movements and networks are publicly denouncing the corporate takeover of the climate...

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Tree factories: An overview of the impacts and interests behind GE trees

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

Genetic engineering allows scientists to modify trees by inserting genetic material from another tree of the same species, from another...

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Beware the bioeconomy

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

    Just a few years ago forestry giant Weyerhauser, a US-based logging company, began running a series of intriguing adverts in...

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10th Anniversary of the International Day of Struggle against Monoculture Plantations

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

Dismantle the power of transnational plantation corporations! There is no “smart monoculture”: Support the People’s Climate...

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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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Collection of videos about the impacts of large scale industrial oil palm plantations

Posted on Sep 8, 2014

Continuing with the communications for September 21st, this time we would like to share with all of you a collection of videos that we have...

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The roots of a forest

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

In March 2014, more than 100 organizations from all over the world requested through an open letter that the Food and Agriculture...

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July 26: International Day for the Defense of Mangrove Ecosystems

Posted on Aug 5, 2014

Mangrove peoples and communities have a close bond with mangroves, fishing and the seas. Mangroves and the seas are wholly interconnected...

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Accelerating deforestation: Financialization as a driver of infrastructure projects

Posted on Jul 4, 2014

Infrastructure projects, such as the building of highways, railways, ports and airports, installations for the extraction of oil, gas and...

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Alliance for the Food Sovereignty of the Peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean

Posted on Jun 10, 2014

The Fourth Special Conference of Social Movements of Latin America and the Caribbean for Food Sovereignty was held on May 2 and 3, 2014,...

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Carta de Macapá de los pueblos libres de la Panamazonia

Posted on Jun 9, 2014

Only available in Spanish. Entre los días 28 y 31 de mayo de 2014, en la ciudad de Macapá, Brasil, los pueblos de la región amazónica...

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RSPO: fake promises promoting further oil palm plantations expansion

Posted on May 7, 2014

Industrial oil palm plantations have been expanding in many countries in the global South, increasingly in Africa and Latin America,...

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International Day in Defense of Peasants’ and Farmers’ Seeds

Posted on Apr 5, 2014

The women and men farmers and peasants belonging to the Via Campesina, are calling for this April 17th to be a global day of action and...

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International campaign to define forests for their true meaning

Posted on Apr 5, 2014

La Via Campesina, Friends of the Earth International, Focus on the Global South, the World Rainforest Movement and more than than 120...

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There you go! – short film from Survival International

Posted on Mar 7, 2014

Around the world ‘development’ is robbing tribal people of their land, self-sufficiency and pride and leaving them with nothing....

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Mangrove territories: “Culture, tradition and a vital space for coastal peoples”

Posted on Mar 7, 2014

Communities, peoples and civil society organizations have worked for years to raise the visibility of the significant benefits of the...

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Leyes, políticas y economía verde al servicio del despojo de los pueblos

Posted on Jan 20, 2014

Only available in Spanish. The Alianza Biodiversidad, Friends of the Earth Latin America and the Caribbean (ATALC) and World Rainforest...

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The criminalization of social protest against mining

Posted on Dec 23, 2013

Photo: http://www.minesandcommunities.org/ The criminalization of social protest upheld by local communities is a worldwide phenomenon. In...

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Women of the Amazon defend the rainforest from the dangers of oil drilling

Posted on Dec 3, 2013

  A group of indigenous women from the Amazon region succeeded in meeting with the president of Ecuador and members of the Ecuadorian...

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Pueblos Indígenas en Aislamiento Voluntario y Contacto Inicial

Posted on Oct 2, 2013

Only available in Spanish.  Por  Dinah Shelton, Antenor Vaz, Beatriz Huertas Castillo, Carlos Camacho Nassar, Luis Jesús Bello, Paola...

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Genocide and isolation

Posted on Oct 2, 2013

Photo: By Pablo Cingolani. A Yuqui indigenous girl from the Bolivian Amazon. The Yuqui were a people living in isolation until they were...

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Amazon: Peoples in flight

Posted on Oct 2, 2013

Image: Approximate location of indigenous peoples living in voluntary isolation and initial contact. Source: Pueblos Indígenas en...

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Expansion of palm oil in the Brazilian Amazon: an analysis of impacts on family farm in north-eastern Pará

Posted on Sep 11, 2013

“Expansion of palm oil in the Brazilian Amazon: an analysis of impacts on family farm in north-eastern Pará” Reporter Brazil...

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The struggle and resistance of mangrove communities in Latin America

Posted on Jul 30, 2013

In June 2013, delegates from Brazil, Cuba, Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Peru, Venezuela and Guatemala joined together in Monterrico,...

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Open letter from Latin American women’s network to governments and social movements

Posted on Feb 28, 2013

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, March 8, the Red de Mujeres Defensoras de los Derechos Sociales y Ambientales (Latin...

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Biomass and Bioenergy

Posted on Jan 30, 2013

Biomass is the oldest energy source used by humans. It is found in abundance in almost every part of the planet and today, more than two...

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Map of Mining Conflicts in Latin America

Posted on Dec 30, 2012

The Observatory of Mining Conflicts in Latin America (OCMAL) and Latin American Observatory of Environmental Conflicts (OLCA) have...

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

Posted on Dec 30, 2012

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

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Call to Action from Sarayaku Indigenous Leaders – VIDEO

Posted on Dec 14, 2012

Against oil extraction in the Amazon forest in southern Ecuador:

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Industrial logging cannot be sustainable

Posted on Oct 30, 2012

Barbara Zimmerman with the International Conservation Fund for Canada and Cyril Kormos, Vice President for policy with the WILD Foundation...

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The two faces of tropical forest destruction in Latin America and the Caribbean: Revelations of the “green economy” in Acre, Brazil

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

By Elder Andrade de Paula On the eve of another world conference on the environment – Rio+20 – which places emphasis on the climate...

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America

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

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Monoculture Tree Plantations: Winds of Death and Destruction

Posted on Sep 21, 2012

Declaration by the Latin American Network Against Monoculture Tree Plantations September 21, 2012 Industrial tree plantations have...

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Declaration of Chiapas in REDDellion: Enough of REDD+ and the Green Economy!

Posted on Sep 20, 2012

From September 25-27, 2012, subnational governments from six countries will arrive in the city of San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas,...

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Oil palm plantation workers in Central America: The experience of Rel-UITA

Posted on May 30, 2012

Over the past several decades, large-scale monoculture oil palm plantations have spread throughout the tropical regions of Asia, Africa and...

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Saca el metal y corre. Los países emergentes, la Unión Europea y las materias primas no energéticas del Sur global

Posted on Jun 16, 2011

Only available in Spanish  – By Guadalupe Rodríguez, Salva la Selva. El acceso y abastecimiento de materias primas no energéticas,...

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MONOCULTURE TREE PLANTATIONS IN LATIN AMERICA – HOW, WHY, FOR WHOM

Posted on Sep 29, 2010

The territories that make up what is known today as Latin America have two main features in the eyes of big corporations and business...

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The Common Property and the Community Forest Management in the Brazilian Amazon Forest

Posted on Jul 3, 2010

By José Heder Benatti. This paper is a preliminary legal reflection on the role of common property in the Brazilian Amazon. It suggests...

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

Posted on Jun 29, 2010

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

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Agrofuels in the Americas

Posted on Nov 29, 2009

Edited by Richard Jonasse, PhD. Institute for Food and Development Policy, 2009 Download as...

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International Day against Monoculture Tree Plantations 2009 – RECOMA VIDEO

Posted on Sep 6, 2009

Part 1Part...

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Meeting of the Latin American network against monoculture tree plantations

Posted on Aug 30, 2009

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

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Women raise their voices in three continents

Posted on Mar 30, 2009

Vast areas of land where diverse and rich ecosystems predominate are being replaced with large scale tree plantations in the South. These...

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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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Red Latinoamericana solicita al gobierno de Brasil y de Chile que suspenda investigación sobre árboles transgénicos

Posted on Jan 16, 2008

Only abailable in Spanish –  Comunicado de Prensa de RECOMA 16 de enero de 2008. En carta enviada a ambos gobiernos, la Red...

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Se viene la mayor batalla de la historia en defensa de la Amazonía boliviana

Posted on Jul 21, 2007

Only available in Spanish – Por Pablo Cingolani – 21/Julio/2007 No a las mega represas de Lula en el río Madera El monstruo...

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The ecological and social tragedy of crop-based biofuel production in the Americas

Posted on Mar 30, 2007

Miguel A Altieri, Professor of Agroecology, University of California, Berkeley Elizabeth Bravo, Red por una América Latina Libre de...

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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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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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Declaración del II Foro Mesoamericano Contra las Represas “Por el Agua y la Vida de los Pueblos”

Posted on Jul 20, 2003

Only available in Spanish – La Esperanza Intibuca, Honduras Del 17 al 20 de julio del 2003 Preocupados por la creciente invasión de...

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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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Amazonía: Selva y Bosques diez años después de Río

Posted on Jul 18, 2002

Only available in Spanish Publicación de Censat-Agua Viva en ocasión de la Cumbre Mundial de Johannesburgo. Amazonía: Selva y Bosques...

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Declaración del Foro Mesoamericano por la Vida “Agua, Luz y Tierra para los Pueblos”

Posted on Mar 24, 2002

Only available in Spanish –  Cooperativa Unión Maya Itzá, Petén – Guatemala 21 al 23 de marzo de 2002  Durante los días...

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