World Rainforest Movement

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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Palm Oil’s Toxic Legacy in Sayaxché, Guatemala – by FoE

Posted on Sep 15, 2016

Saul Paau, a Q’eqchi’ Mayan community leader, describes the environmental and social devastation wrought by the palm oil industry in...

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COPINH: statement six months after the assassination of COPINH’s general coordinator, Berta Cáceres Flores.

Posted on Sep 5, 2016

The Civil Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras, 6 months after the assassination of COPINH’s General Coordinator,...

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From “solastalgia” to “alegremia”

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

In 2003, Australian philosopher Glen Albrecht (1) coined the term “solastalgia” to define the combination of psychological disorders...

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The Quechua-lamas vision of medicinal plants: a lesson from the high-altitude forests of Peru (1)

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

Modern people usually refer to medicinal plants as resources at the service of humans. This way of referring to them does not seem to be...

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“To enjoy full health, we want to make a difference”: A woman’s voice from the forests of Brazil

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

Francisca Maria is 36 years old, mother of 3 children, married for 17 years. She is also a leader in the community of São Raimundo. São...

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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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El financiamiento del despojo en Honduras

Posted on Jun 2, 2016

El asesinato de Berta Cáceres ha desnudado una serie de intereses económicos que involucran distintos niveles de funcionarios,...

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Militares y DESA detrás del asesinato de Berta / Atentado contra periodista hondureño

Posted on May 17, 2016

Only abvailable in Spanish. Por Giorgio Trucchi El Ministerio Público hondureño dio a conocer la detención de cuatro sospechosos del...

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Violence broke out in the fields and forests of Brazil

Posted on May 9, 2016

The Pastoral Land Commission (CPT) of Brazil released its Notebook on Field Conflicts 2015 last April 15. The research data reveal a...

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“For a change of paradigm”: Interview with Tom Goldtooth from the Indigenous Environmental Network

Posted on May 9, 2016

What is the Indigenous Environmental Network? The Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) was born in 1990 in North America of hope,...

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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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Colombia: Women as Seeds of Mobilization and Resistance

Posted on May 9, 2016

If they touch our blood, they touch the earth If they touch the earth, they touch our blood Motto of the Women of the Xinka Peoples...

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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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Manifesto sent to Brazilian authorities for the immediate release of Chief Babau and Teity Tupinambá

Posted on Apr 22, 2016

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The new legal framework on biodiversity and the commodification of nature in Brazil

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

The December 2015 Raíces newsletter focuses on the problems arising around approval and regulation of the Legal Framework on Biodiversity,...

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International Condemnation: Honduras – End the violence and death against the peasant-indigenous movement

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

La Vía Campesina denounces the grave criminalization taking place in Honduras today in the form of prisons, repression and the...

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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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Corporate peace and the Green Economy in Colombia

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

The current situation in Colombia can be understood as a historic opportunity to try to overcome decades of armed, social and political...

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Justice for Berta Cáceres and COPINH

Posted on Mar 5, 2016

Berta Cáceres, coordinator of the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), was murdered on Thursday,...

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International condemnation of the murder of indigenous leader Bertha Cáceres in Honduras

Posted on Mar 4, 2016

PRESS RELEASE.  To sign-on please send a message to campaign@stopcorporateimpunity.org (*) 4th March 2016, Planet Earth Berta Cáceres,...

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Urgent Action: We urge immediate protection for Gustavo Castro, injured during the assassination of Berta Cáceres

Posted on Mar 4, 2016

Embassy of Honduras in Mexico. Mexican Consulate in Honduras. Inter American Commission on Human Rights. Sign-on here Early this morning,...

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In response to the assassination of our sister in in struggle: Bertha Cáceres – Statement and call to action from La Via Campesina

Posted on Mar 3, 2016

The international peasant movement La Via Campesina denounces to the national and international public that on this day, 3 March 2016 in...

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Press Release of the Latin American Network against Monoculture Tree Plantations, in solidarity with the peoples of Nueva Concepción, Escuintla in their struggle for the liberation of the Madre Vieja River

Posted on Feb 16, 2016

On February 9th and 11th, 2016, over 200 residents of Nueva Concepción, Escuintla, Guatemala, held an action that was historic for their...

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Bribris: a people never conquered who are standing up to REDD

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

Continuous cycles of rebellion and resistance have characterized the history of a people living in the Costa Rican South Caribbean. Every...

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Brazil: The monoculture eucalyptus company, Veracel Celulosa, is trying to evict indigenous Pataxó from their land

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

The Pataxós of Nueva Esperanza village—in the municipality of Itamarajú in the southern tip of Bahía state—are under threat of...

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Brazil: a mining-induced ecological and social disaster – How much longer?

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

On November 5th, one of the largest environmental disasters in the history of Brazil occurred.  Two dams operated by mining company...

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Corridors of Resistance: Stopping oil and gas pipelines

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The Unist’ot’en camp in North-Western British Colombia, Canada, has since 2011 been maintaining a check-point to control access through...

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Brazil: Forest Carbon Demonstration Project in the Tapajós-Arapiuns Extractive Reserve

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The carbon credit market, a mechanism of the so-called “green economy”, has been under debate in Brazil for about a decade,...

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Public Statement of the WRM to the California Air Resources Board

Posted on Nov 16, 2015

Subject: The proposal of the California government to include REDD+ offset credits from the state of Acre, Brazil, and from other states...

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Brazil: Quilombola communities’ planting method preserves vegetation and soil nutrients

Posted on Nov 10, 2015

In the middle of the biggest continuous area of Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, southwest of Sao Paulo, researchers of the University of Sao...

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Community Forest Management: elements for its defense and strengthening

Posted on Nov 10, 2015

The publication recently launched by the Mexican organization Otros Mundos Chiapas is an effort to share many elements and experiences of...

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Leave fossil fuels in the ground! A call for an “Annex 0” group, supported up by the Shuar Nationality of Pastaza in Ecuador

Posted on Nov 10, 2015

The Oilwatch network has issued an international call for creating an “Annex 0” group at the UN climate negotiations. This would mean a...

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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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Honduras: palm plantations and violence under the auspices of the World Bank

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

An article in the newspaper “El País” shows the intense violence experienced by the people of the valley of Bajo Aguán, in...

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Forest peoples and territories: Rights Violations in Acre, Brazil

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

In 2013, the Rapporteur on human rights to the environment (RDHMA, for its Portuguese acronym), from the DhESCA Platform, conducted a...

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Brazil: Stop eucalyptus monoculture plantations!

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

On September 21, about 300 indigenous peoples occupied the Nedila property in the municipality of Prado Bahia, Brazil, where the Suzano...

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Brazil– mining company VALE promoting oil palm in Pará: Impacts of the “green economy”

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

In the 19th century, the region around Belém, capital of the Amazon State of Pará, Brazil, witnessed the so-called...

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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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Indonesia’s Forest Law criminalizes Indigenous and local communities

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

Hundreds of people are detained in Indonesia for having claimed their rights on their land, forests and other resources while resisting...

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Women in logging campsites: muted abuse

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

An investigation focused on the river port of Pucallpa, Ucayali, in the Peruvian Amazon, reveals that women serving in the bars around the...

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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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The Mundukuru peoples in Brazil: forestry concessions imposed on indigenous lands

Posted on Sep 15, 2015

  In the history of the peoples who have been living in the Amazon since before the arrival of European colonizers, the invasion of...

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Genetically engineered eucalyptus trees approved in Brazil. How long before we see GE tree monocultures in REDD?

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

Last April, the commercial use of GE eucalyptus trees was approved in Brazil, despite the strong local resistance and evidence of GE...

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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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Honduras’ Garifuna communities resist eviction and theft of land

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

Along the Atlantic coast of Honduras, Afro-Caribbean Garifuna communities are being threatened and forced from their land by proposals for...

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Living on the run: devastation of the Ayoreos’ lives and land at the hands of livestock farmers

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

Indigenous Ayoreo protesting against inaction of the Government on illegal deforestation. © GAT Paraguay is currently the location of a...

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Voices of Resistance: Women fighting for life

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

The “Weaving Resistances” project, from the Organization “Democracy and Global Transformation Program” in Peru, shares...

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What are cars made of? From the Brazilian Amazon to the German automakers

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

A recently released documentary exposing the world’s largest iron ore mining project shows the life of the communities impacted by...

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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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Testimony of unsustainability: The experience of the International Articulation of those affected by Vale

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

Currently, the mining sector is one of the main engines of the world´s economic system. In several countries, expropriation cases from...

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Ecocidio en el río La Pasión, Guatemala

Posted on Jun 12, 2015

Only available in Spanish. Comunicado internacional.  Ante los hechos ocurridos  en el río La Pasión, en Sayaxché, Petén, Guatemala...

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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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New publication warns against the impacts of agrotoxics on health

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

People may be exposed to excessive levels of agrotoxics at work and through food, soil, water or air. Through the pollution of groundwater,...

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Brazil: Three indigenous leaders and forest defenders were murdered

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

Three indigenous leaders were ambushed by gunmen hired by loggers and landowners, as reported by the Indigenous Missionary Council (CIMI)....

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Guatemala: neighborhood action against dams that deprive communities of water

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

Communities of the middle and lower basins of Madre Vieja River on the Pacific side of Guatemala are being deprived of water because of...

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Financialisation of water: what is it all about?

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

In the past few years, mechanisms aimed to transform fundamental natural components of commons (biodiversity, land, water, forests and...

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Stop the corporate fire in Chile! Forest fires and their causes

Posted on May 6, 2015

Forest fires in the south of Chile have been very aggressive this year, affecting thousands of hectares of forests from three protected...

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Honduras: 2015 Goldman Prize awarded to Berta Caceres

Posted on May 6, 2015

In a country with growing socioeconomic inequality and human rights violations, Berta Cáceres played a key role in the struggle of the...

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Brazil – Profiting more from doing the same: The financialization of Fibria’s eucalyptus monocultures

Posted on May 6, 2015

A piece of news circulating in Brazil in 2013 appeared odd at first glance: Fibria, one of the world’s largest producers of pulp...

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Brazil approves commercial use of the first GM eucalyptus tree

Posted on May 6, 2015

  As expected and despite the strong national and international opposition, on April 9, the Brazilian National Technical Commission...

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Women peasants preventing GM trees release in Brazil!

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

In the morning of 5 March 2015, 1,000 women from the Landless Rural Workers Movement in Brazil (MST) occupied the area of field trials...

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US Greenlights First GE Tree for commercialization

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

In an unprecedented and alarming move, the United States Department of Agriculture has given GE tree company ArborGen permission to pursue...

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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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“Transgenics are not welcome”. Interview with André Hl Dallagnol of the Brazilian NGO Terra de Direitos (Land of Rights)

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

  FuturaGene, a subsidiary of Suzano Papel e Celulose, one of Brazil’s largest pulp and paper producers, has requested to 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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Transgenic trees in Chile: Urgent need to modify DNA of policies, not plants

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

  Transgenic forestry in Chile is shrouded in mystery, secretiveness and corporate lobbies. While state agencies deny that transgenic...

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GMO Trees Approved in Brazil: Common Sense & Precaution Ignored

Posted on Apr 9, 2015

  Decision made in violation of national law and international protocols Montevideo, UY and New York, NY (9 April 2015)–The...

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Petition: Brazilian Gov’t Must Reject Genetically Engineered Eucalyptus Trees

Posted on Mar 30, 2015

  By The Campaign to STOP GE Trees. Sign below to insist CTNBio not approve GMO Trees! On Thursday 5 March, the Brazilian Biosafety...

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No a la liberación del eucalipto transgénico en Brasil

Posted on Mar 30, 2015

Only available in Spanish. Por Alianza Biodiversidad y Red por una América Latina Libre de Transgénicos. Las mujeres del Movimiento de...

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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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Voices from the Second Congress of the National Association of Rural and Indigenous Women of Chile (ANAMURI)

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

Radio Mundo Real produced a special program on caring for Nature, highlighting the voices of women from different Latin American...

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Struggles for territory and Living Well in Colombia: Resistance by Afro-Colombian women

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

An article by Charo Rojas, Marilyn Machado, Patricia Botero and Arturo Escobar charts the cumulative processes that have infringed the...

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Máxima’s story: a peasant woman confronts a powerful mining company in Peru

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

Máxima Acuña, a mother of four in the northern Andes of Peru who was never able to learn to read or write, won a lawsuit against the...

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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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The resistance struggle of indigenous women in defence of life

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

Throughout history, indigenous women have been committed to the struggles of their peoples and communities, although often their...

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Josefina and the Water Springs against Pine Plantations in Ecuador’s Páramos

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

Twenty years ago, a Dutch company paid communities to establish pine tree plantations in the high mountains of Ecuador. The aim was for...

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Women defend mountain lagoons and promote “Living Well”

Posted on Mar 10, 2015

Conga: Lagoons versus mines “I had never been to the lagoons before the marches began and we had to go and defend them. The Elders said...

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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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Planting poverty: The forestry business in Chile

Posted on Mar 6, 2015

This documentary produced by “Periódico Resumen” addresses the origins and consequences of the expansion of the tree plantation...

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Actions Globally Call on Brazil to Reject GMO Trees

Posted on Mar 4, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York (4 March 2015) – Organizations on four continents took action yesterday at Brazilian consulates and...

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URGENT: GE Eucalyptus to be approved in Brazil

Posted on Feb 27, 2015

Dear friends, As many of you will remember, last year we organized – together with various partner organizations in Brazil – a...

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“This Land is for All of We”: A Rama community in Bangkukuk, Nicaragua, speaks out about the Grand Canal Project

Posted on Feb 23, 2015

For centuries, the Rama people have lived on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua. In June of 2013, the Nicaraguan government signed an...

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Ecuador: Chevron-Texaco to pay for the devastation it caused in the Amazon

Posted on Feb 23, 2015

The Union for Those Affected by Texaco Operations (UDAPT) has been fighting for more than 20 years to force Chevron-Texaco to pay for the...

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Brazil: The countless problems surrounding the Suzano corporation  

Posted on Feb 23, 2015

In late 2013, the international organization Biofuelwatch, in conjunction with WRM and the Brazilian NGO CEPEDES, published a case study...

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Guatemala: Grassroots organizations criticise palm oil roundtable consultation  

Posted on Feb 23, 2015

Several grassroots organizations in Guatemala released a statement criticizing the public consultation process of the corporate social...

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Chile: Discredited FSC label continues to legitimize industrial tree plantations  

Posted on Feb 23, 2015

The companies Forestal Mininco y Forestal Arauco account for the vast majority of tree plantation activities in Chile, with almost two...

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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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