World Rainforest Movement

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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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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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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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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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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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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The “State of the World’s Rivers” website from the NGO International Rivers, illustrates the alarming situation of the Mekong River Basin.

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

By selecting the ‘Mekong River Basin’ from the left panel where it says 2River Basins in Focus’, detailed information will appear...

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Women’s roles, rights and responsibility in natural resources: Some reflections from Mekong Region

Posted on Apr 5, 2014

In Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar it remains common until today that the wife will be the one who ‘owns’ the land of...

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Letter demanding the immediate cancellation of the Don Sahong Dam

Posted on Nov 1, 2013

Letter sent by the Save the Mekong Coalition, to the Mekong countries Prime Ministers demanding the immediate cancellation of the Don...

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Agribusiness large-scale land acquisitions and human rights in Southeast Asia

Posted on Sep 11, 2013

Agribusiness large-scale land acquisitions and human rights in Southeast Asia – Updates from Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines,...

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Burma/Myanmar: Letter of Global Solidarity against land grabs

Posted on Oct 30, 2012

The “Second Commercial Farm Asia”, a fair that brings together corporate investors and governments from Myanmar and other...

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Posted on Oct 25, 2012

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Burma: Farmers fight plantation company threatening protected forests and tiger reserve in Hugawng Valley

Posted on Oct 31, 2010

In defiance against Burma’s ruling military junta, farmers in the northern state of Kachin are fighting against a plantation company from...

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Bangladesh: Campaign for full implementation of the CHT Peace Accord to help the Jumma peoples regain control over their forests, lands, and destiny

Posted on Jan 30, 2010

The Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) in southeastern Bangladesh bordering Burma is one of the last remaining forested regions in the country,...

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Burma: The looming social and environmental disaster of the Tasang dam

Posted on Aug 30, 2009

Keng Kham is a community located along the Pang River, that flows down from the mountain and into the Salween River in southern Shan State...

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Mekong Citizens to Hand 15,000 Signature “Save the Mekong” Petition to Thai PM

Posted on Jun 29, 2009

PRESS RELEASE. In a bold outpouring of public concern for Southeast Asia’s Mekong River, more than 15,000 people from within the...

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Save the Mekong, a coalition to keep the river alive

Posted on Apr 29, 2009

The Mekong River is one of the world’s major rivers and flows along 4,350 km (2,703 miles) draining an area of 795,000 km2. (1) As Aviva...

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Plantations in the mekong region: overview

Posted on Dec 15, 2008

Eucalyptus, oil palm, rubber and jatropha monoculture plantations are expanding onto local communities’ lands and forests in the Mekong...

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Burma: The military’s forced labour jatropha campaign

Posted on Dec 15, 2008

In December 2005, Burma’s Senior General Than Shwe ordered the start of a nation-wide campaign to plant Jatropha curcas for biodiesel...

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Mono-crop trees find more room over the borders in the Mekong region

Posted on Dec 15, 2008

The inter-meshing of the six economies in the Mekong Basin since the 1990s has been fostered under the Greater Mekong Sub-region economic...

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Burma: Generals go berserk on biofuels

Posted on May 27, 2008

Biofuels – bio-diesel oil extracted from plants to replace high cost fossil fuels – have become controversial as the biofuel...

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Burma: Cyclone proved the failure of “development” based on mangrove destruction

Posted on May 27, 2008

In the first weekend of May, a cyclone ravaged Burma. Cyclone Nagris hit the Irrawaddy delta with winds reaching 190km/h. However, most...

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Burma: Dams in the Irrawaddy River Basin to displace thousands of people in rural areas

Posted on Mar 2, 2008

In a country already suffering severe economic hardship and repression under its military rulers, thousands of people mainly in rural areas...

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Burma: New roads pave the way for massive logging

Posted on Jan 21, 2002

A project is in progress to build a number of roads in Kachin State in return for huge logging concessions. While improving and expanding...

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Burma: Forced labour in oil palm plantations

Posted on Jun 12, 2001

On 13 June this year, Amnesty International released a report on Burma titled “Myanmar. Ethnic minorities: targets of...

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Burma: Human rights abuses linked to foreign investment in “development”

Posted on Oct 16, 2000

Foreign investment in mining, gas exploitation and dam megaprojects –identified with “development”– in fact...

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Burma: Gas, dictatorship and multinationals at Yadana

Posted on Jul 17, 2000

Gas and oil exploitation constitute a cause of forest destruction and human rights abuses in many countries and particularly in Burma. The...

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