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Karnataka state government in India bans planting eucalypt and acacia trees due to impact on ground water levels

Posted on Sep 25, 2017

Large-scale planting of eucalyptus and acacia trees under a World Bank-aided project in India not only squeezed the rich underground water...

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The Green Invasion: Promoting Plantations in India

Posted on Sep 21, 2017

Photo: Swarup Saha Forests? Or Plantations? According to data presented by the Forest Survey of India (FSI) in their biennial State of...

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Harassed by palm oil company, villagers in Thailand defend land

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

In November 2012, two women were found dead at the edge of a palm oil plantation. The death were understood as a clear warning to the Klong...

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Biodiversity offsetting and biodiversity corridors in Asia: Nature destruction and protection acting in tandem

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

This year, 2017, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) celebrates its 50th anniversary. Since the Bank was founded, it has invested more than...

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What goes behind the idea of biodiversity offsetting: The case of Nam Ngiep Dam in Lao PDR

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

The governments of Cambodia, Laos and Thailand are planning eleven large-scale hydropower dams on the Mekong River’s mainstream. If...

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50 years later: a review of the Asian Development Bank’s impacts in the region

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) marks 50 years as the second largest source of development finance in the Asia-Pacific region, just after...

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Ecology, Economics, Cultures of the Mekong Basin: From Keng Kood Koo to Pha Chan in A Changing Course      

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

Launched by the Thai organization TERRA, this publication records the story of Mekong riparian communities from 25 sub-districts in 7...

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India: Odisha government must not ignore forest rights claims on POSCO project site  

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

The Odisha government gave more than 800 hectares of land to the South Korean steel giant POSCO for building a power plant, jeopardizing...

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Philippines: Women call to stop the bombings in Marawi and to revoke Martial Law in Mindanao  

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

Women leaders from several national, regional and international organizations  called for truth about what’s happening in Marawi and...

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The Philippines: Defending the defenders, defending their rights

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

Juvy Capion was an indigenous B’laan mother of three, and a staunch defender of their ancestral domain in South Cotabato, Philippines,...

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Laundering illegal timber: How tropical wood stolen through land grab makes its way to the furniture store

Posted on May 15, 2017

In 2013, with 3.1 million cubic meters of tropical wood exported, primarily to China, Papua New Guinea (PNG) became in recent years the...

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Meeting report: What is happening to our forests?

Posted on Apr 6, 2017

 From 21-25 November 2016, about 50 people, involved in struggles to defend the territories, forests and livelihoods of forest-dependent...

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Video by Save our River, Save our Life on the threats of gold mining to the Tanintharyi River in Myanmar

Posted on Apr 6, 2017

“Water is life. If we don’t protect the Tanintharyi River, the lives and livelihood of local villagers who depend on the river...

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Report: Why & How Ecological Farming?! Training Workshop in HEPA Eco-Farming School, Vietnam

Posted on Apr 6, 2017

The report describes how farming systems rooted in the cultures, customary laws and place-bound experience of peasant farming gathered over...

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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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Interview: “Sustainable palm oil from industrial oil palm production does not exist”

Posted on Apr 6, 2017

SwissInfo in conversation with Kartini Samon from GRAIN on the impacts of industrial oil palm production on communities and on the role of...

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Report: Signing Away Sovereignty: How Investment Agreements Threaten Regulation of the Mining Industry in the Philippines

Posted on Apr 6, 2017

In the last decade, the Philippines has bet heavily on the mining industry, with 47 large-scale mines in operation and growing evidence of...

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India: BBC investigation reveals deadly toll of shoot-to-kill policy in tiger reserves

Posted on Apr 6, 2017

Across the world, indigenous peoples face arrests, harassment, torture and death in the name of nature conservation. The Kaziranga National...

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Malaysia: Stop recognising plantations as forests, FAO is told

Posted on Apr 6, 2017

On 21 March 2017, Malaysian NGOs The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) joined worldwide action...

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Indonesia: Protests on Java against forest destruction by the expanding cement industry

Posted on Apr 4, 2017

In Indonesia, resistance against the cement production complex of the Indonesian company Semen Indonesia which willl destroy the Kendeng...

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Large-scale investments and climate conservation initiatives destroy forests and people’s territories

Posted on Apr 4, 2017

Asia’s rapid economic growth and industrialisation are coming at an extremely high price for local communities, their environments and...

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Forest Conflicts in Thailand: State vs. People

Posted on Apr 4, 2017

  Thailand’s modern forest politics has had many phases. In the 19th century, the British began logging the country for teak....

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Myanmar: New policy promoting indigenous rights under threat

Posted on Apr 4, 2017

The last couple of years have been a period of significant change in Myanmar, most significantly represented by the victory of the NLD...

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Forest in India’s North East

Posted on Apr 4, 2017

  The region typically known as “India’s North East” or also referred to as just “North East” is linked tenuously with...

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Indonesia: Proposed laws threaten to reinstate corporate control over agrodiversity

Posted on Apr 4, 2017

  In 2012, the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Indonesia annulled key Articles of a 1992 Law on Plant Cultivation Systems. These...

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Fighting the Curse of Concessions in Cambodia

Posted on Apr 4, 2017

  The Pheapimex group is well known in Cambodia and abroad for large-scale investment deals that permit it unconstrained access to...

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Malaysia: Indigenous groups from around the globe discuss anti-dam struggles

Posted on Apr 3, 2017

  In December 2015, indigenous peoples in Sarawak, Malaysia, celebrated a major victory: the state government announced a moratorium and,...

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Southeast Asia: Strengthening resistance beyond boundaries

Posted on Mar 31, 2017

This is the third regional bulletin of the World Rainforest Movement in the past 10 months. The first regional issue (WRM Bulletin 224)...

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The Poetic and Haunting Death of Patmi of Mt. Kendeng, Java, Indonesia

Posted on Mar 28, 2017

An obituary. By Hendro Sangkoyo (1) Patmi, 48, met her Maker very early morning on last Tuesday, the 21st of March 2017, during the short...

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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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WRM Bulletin – Nomor 229 – Februari / Maret 2017

Posted on Feb 1, 2017

Asia Tenggara: menghubungkan rakyat melawan investasi dan inisiatif konservasi skala-besar WRM Bulletin 229_Bahasa...

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จดหมายข่าว (WRM) – ฉบับที่ 229 – กุมภาพันธ์ / มีนาคม 2560

Posted on Feb 1, 2017

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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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India: Support forest dependent communities against plantations expansion!

Posted on Sep 20, 2016

WRM together with the All India Forum of Forest Movements, and the Campaign for Survival and Dignity are mobilizing against the CAF Act...

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“When murder and abuse become systemic”: violence and impunity across Asia

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

The recently released Newsletter from Focus on the Global South draws attention to the alarming escalation of violence against...

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India: The Parliament violates forest people’s rights and promotes further plantations

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

The Indian Parliament approved this July a passage from the Compensatory Afforestation Fund, better known as CAMPA Bill, which seeks to...

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Stories, identity and struggles: How local communities live with and talk about Mekong’s landscape

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

Different words, different sides When asked what this picture is about, you are likely to answer, “An atomic bomb” in English. Most...

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Update on POSCO’s harassments in Odisha India

Posted on May 9, 2016

Despite India’s National Green Tribunal statement on early April affirming that POSCO’s Environmental Clearance is valid only up to...

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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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Agrarian reform in reverse in Asia: new laws grab land from farmers

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

A report by the NGO GRAIN shows how governments throughout Asia are quietly enacting a host of legislative changes that eliminate the few...

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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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India: annulling rights to allow mining

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

On 8 January 2016, the Government of Chhattisgarh (GoC), India, passed an order cancelling the rights of the villagers of Ghatbara over a...

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“The Mauzes”: defending territories and life

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

Since joining Indonesia officially in 1969, Papua had only seven oil palm companies until 2005. In 2014, the number jumped to 21 companies,...

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From the loss of fish to climate change: A look into the recent dam movement in the Mekong Region  

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

“The dams built on the Mekong mainstream and other rivers in the region have resulted in severe changes in the Mekong’s ecosystems,...

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Forest fires in Indonesia: Why is the media looking away?

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

An article from “The Guardian” highlights how despite fire raging across over 5,000 km in Indonesia, the media “dominated by...

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Mausam Magazine from India: voices for climate justice

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The India Climate Justice Collective has released the fifth issue of the “Mausam” magazine. This time the focus is on India’s...

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Philippines: Resisting Land Grabbing and Corporate Oil Palm Plantations

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

In early November, a gathering of peasants and indigenous peoples from Mindanao, Bohol and Palawan, denounced the government’s plan to...

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India: Appeal to the government and the UN on indigenous forest communities’ rights

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The Indian government is producing many proposals to make more profit from the country’s forests. These include wider application of...

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Burning Season In Indonesia What have industrial plantations and the Indonesian State done to the islands’ forests?

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The Scale of Disaster The forest and land burning madness is going rampant again in Indonesia. Up to November 16, the Global Fire Emission...

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Malaysia: Indigenous groups from around the globe adopt anti-dam declaration

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

Indigenous peoples fighting the construction of dams in many parts of the world stand in solidarity with the second year anniversary of...

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Banking on biodiversity in Sabah, Malaysia

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The trade in biodiversity credits has been positioned as a solution to the problem of biodiversity loss (especially orang-utan habitat) in...

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Appeal to India and UN on indigenous forest communities’ rights

Posted on Nov 15, 2015

To: – President of India, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee – Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi – Minister of Tribal Affairs...

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Palawan: Stop blaming indigenous peoples’ farming practices for deforestation – look at boom crops, oil palm plantations and mining!

Posted on Nov 10, 2015

Traditional upland farming implemented through swidden (‘slash-and-burn’) technology (kaingin) in The Philippines is demonized and...

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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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Malaysia: Human trafficking and workers’ abuse in palm oil plantations

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

Malaysian palm oil industry, which produces 40 per cent of the world’s palm oil supply, is growing but, according to labourers and...

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Gender impact of oil palm plantations among indigenous peoples in Sarawak

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

An article from the recently launched book “Gender and Land Tenure in the context of Disaster in Asia”, examines the impact of changing...

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Moratorium on the Baram Dam in Sarawak, Malaysia, approved!

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

After two years of blocking all work on the proposed Baram Dam in Sarawak, Malaysia, the indigenous peoples have scored a major victory:...

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Stop privatizing India’s Forests!

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

A Press Release by All India Forum of Forest Movements (AIFFM) denounces the Government of India allowing “forest concessions” to...

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Brazil: Rising profits do not prevent layoffs: Fibria Celulosa in Mato Grosso do Sul

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

On August 25, 2015, employees of the Fibria Company in Tres Lagunas, Mato Grosso do Sul, made public the recent layoffs made by the company...

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Save the Mekong Rivers!

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

 Rivers Coalition in Cambodia (RCC) together with national and international organizations, insist to immediately stop all activities...

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West Papua Oil Palm Atlas: The companies behind the plantation explosion

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

During the last few decades, Indonesia’s oil palm industry has been growing rapidly, but with the vast majority of this expansion on the...

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Financialized capital and palm oil corporations

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

The surging global demand for palm oil has produced windfall profits for the industry and turned oil palm plantations into hot targets 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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Mekong governments: Listen to the people! – Statement to sign-on

Posted on Oct 1, 2015

Dear friends, Local communities in the Mekong region in Southeast Asia, who depend on the Mekong river and numerous other rivers and lakes...

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Timber business over Cambodia’s “protected” forests

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

Ancient forests are being lost at an “unprecedented” rate from protected lands in Cambodia, according to a new report from 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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Cambodia: Steps to Victory

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

  After several years of struggle, rural communities in the province of Oddar Meanchey, Cambodia, are seeing signs of victory. Three...

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Deforestation funds more plantations: The new Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill in India

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

Giving away India’s forests On August 13, 2015, Prakash Javadekar, India’s Minister of the Environment, informed the Upper House of...

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Movement update of resistance against POSCO in Odisha, India

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

The protests against the establishment of POSCO’s steel plant in the Jagatsinghpur district of Odisha, India, are determined to continue...

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Broken Promises in Malaysia: Displaced by Dams

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

The construction of three mega dams in Malaysia has displaced tens of thousands of people and forced them into resettlement areas. A...

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Why are we in jail? A women’s fight against injustice and domination in India

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

. It was 6am. Me and other women comrades had to get ready for a rally and meeting at 10am to oppose the new Land Acquisition Ordinance...

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Stop police brutality, harassment and arrests of oustees of Kanhar Dam Project

Posted on Jul 21, 2015

Aklu Chero, a tribal leader protesting the construction of the dam, was shot at by the police on April 15. (Vipin Kumar/ HT Photos) Since...

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India: Slavery and child labour in granite quarries

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

India is the second largest exporter of granite, much of which ends up on the European market. The main buyers of granite are the...

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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 activity kills Indonesia’s peasants and fisher people

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

During the last 10 years, the Indonesian government has issued many mining licenses with the argument of increasing the country’s...

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Indonesian Groups Rally Online to Demand Justice for Slain Environmentalist

Posted on Jun 15, 2015

Global Voices online, 12 June 2015.  Friends of Jopi Peranginangin, an Indonesian environmentalist who was stabbed and killed in a bar...

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Defending the right to water in Korea

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

Water justice movements in Asia gathered in Daegu, Korea, for the Alternative Forum “Water for all” on April 13-14 in a common struggle...

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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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Lives matter most: plantation companies’ abuse on local populations

Posted on May 6, 2015

The opinion article from the Jakarta Post by Abetnego Tarigan, of the Indonesian NGO Walhi, and Iwan Nurdin, of the Agrarian Reform...

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New issue of the Mausam newsletter from India: talking climate in public space

Posted on May 6, 2015

The India Climate Justice collective has published the third issue of the Mausam magazine aiming to facilitate constructive and creative...

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Territories being seized in Cambodia: protecting corporate profits

Posted on May 6, 2015

  Violent, systematic grabbing of peasants and indigenous peoples’ territories in Cambodia is resulting in a threefold increase in...

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Intensification of land grabbing and more concentration of land ownership in the era of “green capitalism”: News from Indonesia

Posted on May 6, 2015

  On April 17, farmers around the world celebrated the Day of Peasant Struggle, in tribute to the 19 peasants of the Landless Workers...

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China and Malaysia: furthering plantations and GE Trees

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

Much of the research into genetic engineering (GE) of trees focuses on following plantation industries’ wishes, which are most...

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

Posted on Mar 20, 2015

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

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Learning from India’s Chipko movement: fighting for feminism and for the environment

Posted on Mar 10, 2015

March 8 is not just a day to celebrate and give visibility to women’s struggles, it is also a day to remember and appreciate the...

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Greed and Resistance in Sarawak’s Rainforest

Posted on Mar 6, 2015

The recently released book “Money Logging” documents the local politics, international complicity and dedicated resistance in the...

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Washing out Diversity: The impacts of oil palm plantations in Palawan, Philippines

Posted on Mar 6, 2015

Oil palm plantations in Palawan, as elsewhere in the Philippines, are portrayed as a key solution to lower greenhouse gas emissions and as...

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URGENT CALL: A farmer and environmental defenders activist murdered by Security Force of PT. WKS, a subsidiary of Asia Pulp and Paper – Sinar Mas Group

Posted on Mar 4, 2015

JAMBI-INDONESIA: A farmer and environmental defenders activist murdered by Security Force of PT. WKS (Wirakarya Sakti), a subsidiary of...

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Stop All Mekong Basin Dams!

Posted on Feb 23, 2015

On September 2014, fishing communities’ networks from Cambodia and Thailand met with great solidarity and commitment to share and voice...

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“Pulping” the Local-Food

Posted on Feb 23, 2015

One of Indonesia’s pulp and paper giants, Asia Pulp&Paper (APP), is planning to build a new pulp mill to supply not only pulp to...

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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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Mekong Commons Internet site

Posted on Dec 21, 2014

This site examines the questions surrounding the Mekong Region’s ‘development’, and tries to identify new ones, giving particular...

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