World Rainforest Movement

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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Brazil: Federal Prosecutor’s Office upholds injunction barring BNDES financing for Fibria Celulose, a company certified by the FSC

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

The Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office (Ministério Público Federal or MPF) of Brazil has ruled to suspend financing from the...

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World Cup carbon emissions ‘offset’ by hydroelectric dams in the Amazon?

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

An article by Brazilian organizations FASE Amazonía, Grupo Carta de Belém and Fórum de la Amazonía Oriental, published by the newspaper...

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Brazil: Large landholders, the main cause of deforestation in the Amazon

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

A study conducted by the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) of Sweden reveals that deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon, which had...

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Jornal Porantim – CIMI Bulletin Special Edition on Financialization of Nature

Posted on Dec 8, 2014

Only available in Portuguese. A financeirização da natureza significa o aprofundamento radical do capitalismo e, ao mesmo tempo,...

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The green economy, forest peoples and territories: rights violations in the state of Acre

Posted on Dec 8, 2014

Fact-finding and advocacy mission preliminary report, by Cristiane Faustino y Fabrina Furtado Download the preliminary report as pdf...

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REDD: A Collection of Conflicts, Contradictions and Lies

Posted on Dec 3, 2014

REDD: A Collection of Conflicts, Contradictions and Lies presents summaries of reports from 24 REDD projects or programmes with a common...

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Anglo-American in Brazil: another case of public hearings legitimizing destructive corporate projects

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

  Increasingly in many countries, the instrument of ‘public hearings’ further serves to legitimatise corporate projects with...

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Brazil: The struggle of the tupinamba indigenous people to protect their territory and the conservation of forests

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

  For over 500 years, the indigenous tupinambá people have been massacred and expelled from their territory in the southern part of...

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Fordern Sie Aufklärung der Gewalt gegen CIMI, eine der wichtigsten Unterstützergruppen von Indigenen Völkern in Acre, Brasilien. Acre ist Empfänger von ‘REDD Early Movers’ Geldern

Posted on Oct 17, 2014

    Herrn Minister Gerd Müller  Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ)...

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Appeal to denounce violence against CIMI, the indigenous peoples’ support group in Acre, Brazil. Acre is the primary recipient of REDD Early Movers funding

Posted on Oct 17, 2014

Also available in DeutchMinister Dr. Gerd Müller  Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ)...

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Carta À Secretaria de Segurança Pública do estado do Acre

Posted on Sep 30, 2014

Only available in Portuguese. Download the full letter as pdf Montevideo, 30 de setembro de 2014 À Secretaria de Segurança Pública do...

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Brazil: organizations issued a letter opposing commercial use of transgenic eucalyptus by Suzano, but could only do so after the public hearing

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

On September 4 a public hearing in Brasilia considered the application of FuturaGene, owned by the Suzano pulp and paper company, to grow...

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Stop GE Trees campaign urged FSC to keep GE trees out!

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

The WRM has for a long time denounced how the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) wrongly certified millions of hectares of monoculture tree...

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EU support for wood-based ‘bioenergy’ fuels forest destruction and land-grabbing

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

    Back in 2009, the European Union agreed on a 20% renewable energy target by 2020. Most of the target is expected to be met...

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Plants designed for deconstruction? The use of wood cellulose for fuels

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

  Globally, many people rely on wood as fuel for cooking and heating, but increasingly, commercial and industrial interests are also...

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Open Letter to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) from the Campaign to STOP Genetically Engineered Trees

Posted on Sep 7, 2014

The Campaign to STOP Genetically Engineered Trees (CSGET) Urges FSC to Disassociate from Suzano/FuturaGene In the next few days, Brazil’s...

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The forests not seen on picture post-cards: looking beyond the tropical belt

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

When it comes to ‘tropical forests,’ most studies, campaigns and policies focus on those located along the equator: the Amazon...

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Coastal forests threatened by tourism

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

The tropical and subtropical coasts of Latin America, in Mexico, Brazil and most Central American and Caribbean countries, have been...

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Groups globally mobilize to stop commercial release of genetically engineered eucalyptus trees in Brazil and US

Posted on Aug 20, 2014

For Immediate Release, 20 August 2014 New York – Two unprecedented applications are pending that, if approved, would allow the...

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Amazon: Territorial disputes and conflicts

Posted on Jul 4, 2014

“They consider us the periphery of the periphery” Before entering into a discussion of the profound changes taking place in...

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Will FSC dissociate from Suzano?

Posted on Jul 4, 2014

FSC Watch . In July 2010, Suzano Pulp and Paper bought the biotechnology company FuturaGene, which for the past 8 years has been carrying...

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Movement of People Affected by Dams in Brazil denounces violations, proposes solutions

Posted on Jun 10, 2014

The Movement of People Affected by Dams (MAB) in the Madeira River region, made up by hundreds of rural and urban workers, farmers,...

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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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Campaign to STOP GE Trees – Sign On to Support the call by Brazilian and Latin American groups to reject G.E. eucalyptus trees

Posted on Jun 2, 2014

(Sign on before 15 June!) Dear friends, FuturaGene, a biotechnology firm owned by Brazilian pulp and paper company Suzano, has requested...

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Open letter delivered to the Brazilian National Technical Biosafety Commission (CTNBio)

Posted on May 30, 2014

To: Brazilian National Technical Biosafety Commission (CTNBio) We, the undersigned, have been informed that FuturaGene, a biotechnology...

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Brazil – Discourse of “innovation” contrasts with a reality of life in conditions akin to slavery for workers employed by one of Agropalma´s suppliers

Posted on May 7, 2014

Agropalma started its activities in 1982 and according to its website, has since grown to become “the main producer of palm oil in Latin...

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Changes in family life: Observations on eucalyptus and women in Mato Grosso do Sul

Posted on Apr 5, 2014

“It is the rural women’s movements that have been at the forefront of massive public actions aimed at fighting back against the big...

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Brazil: Sexual exploitation of women and mega-dam construction in the Amazon

Posted on Apr 5, 2014

Although they have succeeded in occupying greater space in society, women continue to suffer oppression, exploitation and violence. In...

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Protestors denounce pact to transform rural region of Brazil into a “eucalyptus desert”

Posted on Apr 5, 2014

On March 8, 2014, peasant farmers from organizations including the MPA, MST, MMC, Quilombolas, the Union of Rural Workers of Mucuri and...

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Support the struggle of the Tupinambá in Bahia, Brazil for the demarcation of their lands and against militarization!

Posted on Mar 7, 2014

Once again we are calling for your support for the legitimate struggle of the Tupinambá indigenous people of the state of Bahia,...

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Brazil: Purchase of land held under false title as part of land grabbing for the expansion of pulp plantations

Posted on Dec 23, 2013

The violence and plunder initially carried out by a gang of outlaws and thugs continued in the 1990s with the arrival of the forestry...

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Brazil: Voices of local communities in Acre denounce violations in Community-based Sustainable Forest Management

Posted on Dec 23, 2013

Photo: Lúcia Ortiz In the business world, “sustainability” promises, among other things, that economic activity does not violate the...

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Observations on a private REDD project in the state of Acre, Brasil

Posted on Nov 27, 2013

Study conducted by the Centro de Memória das Lutas e Movimentos Sociais da Amazônia. Document published in “Leyes, políticas y...

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The Monte Pascoal‐Pau Brasil ecological corridor carbon, community and biodiversity initiative: another carbon offset failure

Posted on Nov 17, 2013

by Jutta Kill, World Rainforest Movement. Document published in “Leyes, políticas y economía verde al servicio del despojo de los...

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REDD+ and the Underlying Causes of Deforestation and forest Degradation

Posted on Nov 13, 2013

The Global Forest Coalition launched a new report on ‘REDD+ and the Underlying Causes of Deforestation and forest Degradation’...

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Eucalyptus Plantations for Energy: A Case Study of Suzano’s plantations for wood pellet exports in the Baixo Parnaíba region, Maranhão, Brazil

Posted on Nov 7, 2013

Also available in Portuguese. This is the first documented case of a land-grab in Brazil for biomass destined for power stations in the UK....

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Brazil: Community management of the forests and Cerrado in defence of territories and food sovereignty

Posted on Oct 31, 2013

Since the colonial era, the history of land tenure in Brazil has been marked by the expulsion of indigenous,quilombola (1) and peasant...

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Indigenous peoples throughout Brazil fighting for their rights, including their right to food sovereignty

Posted on Oct 31, 2013

During the first week of October, indigenous peoples staged protests throughout the country, including the capital, Brasilia, against the...

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Open letter from WRM and other organizations to the Brazilian government regarding the critical situation of indigenous peoples in the state of Acre

Posted on Oct 31, 2013

After a field visit to an indigenous village in the state of Acre, together with Friends of the Earth Brazil and the Brazilian Network on...

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Moção pública de apoio à demarcação das terras indígenas no Acre

Posted on Oct 30, 2013

Only available in Portuguese. -Ao  Ministério da Justiça Exmo. Sr. José Eduardo Cardoso, Ministro da Justiça – À Diretoria de...

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Brazil: Isolated indigenous peoples continue to face threats

Posted on Oct 2, 2013

Photo: Gleyson Miranda, 2010 – FUNAI files, source: Pueblos Indígenas en aislamiento voluntario y contacto inicial, IWGIA – IPES –...

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FSC consultation and complaints procedures: the case of Veracel Celulose in Brazil

Posted on Sep 29, 2013

For many years WRM has been denouncing the FSC certification of monoculture tree plantations. The scale of these monocultures is one of...

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Povos Indígenas Isolados e de Recente Contato no Brasil – Políticas, direitos e problemáticas

Posted on Sep 25, 2013

Only available in Portuguese. By Antenor Vaz. Este documento foi elaborado a partir de uma solicitação do Comitê Indígena...

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Your support is needed: two actions being carried out by local communities

Posted on Sep 21, 2013

Throughout the month of September we will continue celebrating resistance to the advance of large-scale industrial tree plantations. This...

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Letter to the National Institute for Colonization and Agrarian Reform and the Colonization and Land Institute of the State of Maranhão (Brazil) to demand the recognition and land tenure regularization of traditionally occupied territories

Posted on Sep 20, 2013

This action is being undertaken by our friends in Brazil, in the Bajo Parnaíbo region of the state of Maranhão. They have asked for our...

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Día Nacional do Cerrado – Actividad en Brasil

Posted on Sep 11, 2013

Only available in Portuguese –  11 de setembro – Dia Nacional do Cerrado. Movimento Geraizeiro apresenta suas reivindicações aos...

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Brazil: Industrial eucalyptus plantations in southwest Bahia – conflicts and confrontations

Posted on Sep 11, 2013

  The Brazilian countryside, since the time of colonization, has always been the target of capitalist appropriation, driven by the...

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Brazil: State government incentives for the expansion of industrial tree plantations in the state of Rio de Janeiro

Posted on Sep 11, 2013

  The government of the state of Rio de Janeiro has adopted various initiatives since 2001 to promote the expansion of large-scale...

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Brazil: The double role of Norway in conserving and destroying the Amazon

Posted on Aug 20, 2013

Norway is a major donor of the Amazon Fund, the Brazilian Development Bank’s fund that receives donations from governments, multilateral...

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Brazil: The struggle to defend our fishing territory

Posted on Jul 30, 2013

Brazil’s coasts are seriously threatened by a range of large-scale projects. The privatization of waterbodies, concessions over public...

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Brazil – WRM information sheet on GE tree research

Posted on Jul 17, 2013

 WRM information sheets on GE tree research First posted: 1 August 2008 Last update: August 2014 Tree species being...

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Brazil: Threat of monoculture eucalyptus plantation expansion in the Northeast

Posted on May 30, 2013

The Araripe Plateau, as an elevated region, plays a key role in maintaining the local microclimate and in the region’s water cycle. It...

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Unifying the struggle for the Amazon in Brazil

Posted on May 30, 2013

On May 2, some 200 indigenous peoples, riverine communities and fishermen joined in a historic moment of unity and struggle for the Amazon...

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Solidarity with the community of Cumbe, Ceará, Brazil against their criminalization

Posted on May 30, 2013

Communities and International Redmanglar member organizations expressed their solidarity with the people and community of Cumbe, Ceará,...

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REDD – Brazil: Open letter from Acre challenges legitimacy of REDD+ “consultation” in California

Posted on Apr 30, 2013

Organizations and individuals in the state of Acre and other states in Brazil sent an open letter this month to the governor of California...

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BRICS, development and land grabbing

Posted on Apr 30, 2013

In March 2013, the presidents of the so-called BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – met in Durban, South...

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Brazilian Amazon: Military incursion in the territory of the Munduruku people for construction of mega dam

Posted on Apr 30, 2013

The Eastern Amazon Forum (FAOR) of Brazil issued a public statement in April in support of the Munduruku indigenous people, in response to...

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Brazil: Unlimited strike in Veracel

Posted on Mar 30, 2013

Since last March 18, workers of the pulp mill Veracel, a company equally the Swedish-Finnish Stora Enso and Fibria of Brazil, started an...

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Peru and Brazil: Matsés indigenous peoples against oil industry activity

Posted on Mar 30, 2013

Gathered at a fourth binational meeting, representatives of the Matsés indigenous peoples’ from Brazil and Peru expressed their...

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The Dark Side of the Green – VIDEO

Posted on Mar 30, 2013

A movie of An BACCAERT, Nico MUÑOZ and Cristiano NAVARRO (Directors) Production of Directors – 2011 32 ‘ In the south region...

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Brazil: First National Meeting of the Peasant Women’s Movement

Posted on Feb 28, 2013

Close to 3,000 members of the Peasant Women’s Movement (MMC), hailing from 23 different states, gathered on February 18-21 for the first...

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MST protests against transnationals: Mining company Vale and pulp and paper company Fibria

Posted on Jan 30, 2013

Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement (MST) has announced, “We are beginning the year 2013 with several struggles, which represent MST’s...

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Brazil: Belo Monte, an illegal and immoral hydroelectric dam project that violates numerous rights

Posted on Dec 30, 2012

In early December of this year, the Brazilian National Development Bank (BNDES) announced that it was granting a new loan of 22.5 billion...

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Brazil: Mundukuru indigenous people cancel REDD project

Posted on Dec 14, 2012

The Mundukuru indigenous community in the Brazilian Amazon state of Para decided to cancel a contract that would have allowed the Irish...

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Green Economics in Brazil: Women talk about the impact of the SPVS REDD project and a Boticário Foundation protected area

Posted on Dec 14, 2012

Testimonies of community women impacted by carbon and forest conservation projects that today are included in the so-called Green Economy.

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Brazil: Indigenous Group Blocks VALE Railway

Posted on Dec 14, 2012

The Pindaré Caru indigenous movement, composed of the Guajajara and Awá people, blocked the VALE multinational mining railway this past...

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How REDD and environmental services threaten the Lives of Forest People in Acre

Posted on Dec 14, 2012

By Sindicato dos Trabalhadores Rurais de Xapuri – Federação do Povo Huni Kui do Acre. What are the real problems of forest peoples in...

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Disputed territory: new video on the green economy versus community-based economies in southern Brazil

Posted on Dec 14, 2012

A story of the peoples of the Atlantic Forest in southern Brazil in a disputed territory where the green economy competes with community-based economies.

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