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FERONIA in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Harassment, violence and oppression

Posted on Sep 21, 2017

Oil palm plantations managed by the Canadian-based agribusiness company FERONIA Inc have been opposed by local residents ever since they...

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Republic of Congo: “ATAMA Plantations is today a source of discontent for local communities and the entire nation”

Posted on Sep 21, 2017

Photo: OCDH In 2013, Wah Seong Berhad, a Malaysian company with no prior experience on palm oil, announced its decision to invest US 744...

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Ibi Bateke tree planting project in DRC: Sold as the success it never was

Posted on Feb 6, 2017

Advertised as “ground-breaking” and the first CDM (1) project in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Ibi Bateke tree...

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Kam puni ya ku towa mawese ka tika DRC ikiungwa mkono na misaada ya maendeleo inakabiliwa na migogoro ya ardhi na kashfa ya fedha

Posted on Nov 4, 2016

SWAHILI. Ripoti hii iliandaliwa na umoja wa shirika za kiraia za DRC na Ulaya. Ni muendelezo wa ripoti ya mwezi wa Juni mwaka 2015 ambayo...

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New report: Land conflicts and shady finances plague DR Congo palm oil company backed by development funds

Posted on Nov 3, 2016

2 November 2016. European and US development funds are bankrolling palm oil company Feronia Inc despite land and labour conflicts at its...

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Entwicklungsbankkunde in der Kritik Landrechtskonflikte und undurchsichtige Finanztransaktionen bei kongolesischer Palmölfirma

Posted on Nov 3, 2016

GERMAN. Der Bericht wurde von einer Gruppe von Nicht-Regierungs-Organisationen aus der DR Kongo und Europa erarbeitet. Er vervollständigt...

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Société moko ya mbila na RDC ézali kosungana na lisungi ya tombwa ekutani na ba mikaatano ya mabele mpe ya misolo

Posted on Nov 3, 2016

LINGALA. Lapolo oyo esalemi na lisanga ya balobeli (société Civile) ya RDC mpe baye ba Europe. Ekomami na bolandaka lapolo mwa sanza ya...

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Land conflicts and shady finances plague DR Congo palm oil company backed by development funds

Posted on Nov 3, 2016

This report was produced by a coalition of civil society organisations in the DRC and Europe. It builds on a June 2015 report that brought...

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Under the radar: A brief summary of the situation of environmental defenders in Central Africa

Posted on Jul 15, 2016

This report aims to draw attention to violations and threats that environmental justice defenders in Central Africa are facing,...

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West African women defend traditional palm oil

Posted on Jul 15, 2016

A video produced by GRAIN shows how rural women in West Africa are working to protect traditional palm oil production in the face of the...

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DRC: Communities mobilise to free themselves from a hundred years of colonial oil palm plantations

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

Oil palms are native to the forests of Central and West Africa and inseparable from the region’s peoples and their cultures. Communities...

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Infrastructure, development and natural resources in Africa: A few examples from Cameroon

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

(*) In a world characterized by sluggish economic growth, Africa is often presented as the continent of the future, with average growth of...

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Protected Areas in the Congo Basin: Failing both people and biodiversity

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

(1) The creation of “protected areas” throughout the world is mainly based on a philosophy that originated in the United States (US)...

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Land grabbing: Tactics used by European actors abroad

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

(1) Current land grabbing practices include the capture of control of relatively vast tracts of land through a variety of mechanisms. In...

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The Congo Basin: in the Sights of Capital

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

The Congo Basin in Central Africa contains the second largest forest in the world. Its extensive territory is shared by six countries: the...

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The WWF in DRC: Conservation without people

Posted on May 9, 2016

A short film from the Rainforest Foundation UK about forest communities affected by the Tumba Lediima Reserve in the Democratic Republic...

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Congo Basin Rainforest Project: Communities leery of “Conservation Revolution”

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

. The Mai N’dombe REDD project in the Democratic Republic of Congo features regularly in promotional material on REDD+. The...

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Democratic Republic of Congo: “We need justice to be made”

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

Interview with Jean-François Mombia on oil palm plantations Could you tell us what is the RIAO-RDC (Information and Support Network for...

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Community-based Forest Management in the Congo Basin

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

A report from the Rainforest Foundation UK, shows how attempts of community based forest management in the Congo Basin thus far have not...

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Large-scale logging in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

A video from the NGO Global Witness, who visited many communities in DRC directly impacted by the logging industry, shows the reality of...

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Mineral extraction in the province of Nord-Kivu, DRC: present situation and analysis of environmental questions

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

    Reseau CREF (Network for Conservation and Rehabilitation of Forest Ecosystems) is a platform of organizations working on...

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Development of the extractive sector and impacts on communities and biodiversity in the countries of the Congo Basin

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

The countries of the Congo Basin are known for their extraordinary wealth of biodiversity and cultural diversity of their peoples. And...

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Agro-colonialism in the Congo – European and US development finance is bankrolling a new round of colonialism in the DRC

Posted on Jun 2, 2015

The report is authored by GRAIN and RIAO-RDC in collaboration with Fundación Mundubat, War on Want, Association Française...

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Several development finance institutions are funding Feronia Inc., an agribusiness company accused of land grabbing and human rights abuses in DRC

Posted on Jun 2, 2015

For immediate release Réseau d’information et d’appui aux ONG nationales (RIAO-RDC) | GRAIN Media release 2 June...

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DRC: handing lands for industrial oil palm plantations, REDD and foreign investors

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has the largest continuous rainforest area in Africa, which is one of the largest in the world....

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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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“A chance for change in the Congolese forests,” a video produced by the NGO FERN

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

This video shows the struggle of communities that depend on the forests in the Republic of Congo, and that of their defenders, to reduce...

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The expansion of industrial oil palm plantations in Africa: A call for greater solidarity and action 

Posted on May 7, 2014

In late 2013, a group of representatives of African, Indonesian and international NGOs met with members of La Via Campesina and the...

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Oil Palm in Africa. Voices from the communities

Posted on Sep 13, 2013

Industrial oil palm plantations are rapidly expanding, not only in Liberia. In many African countries expansion projects are happening and...

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Oil Palm in Africa – Interactive Map

Posted on Aug 30, 2013

We have produced an interactive map that sumarizes some of the information gathered in the  publication “Oil palm in Africa: past,...

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Oil palm in Africa: past, present and future scenarios – 2013 update

Posted on Aug 30, 2013

Original version by Ricardo Carrere – updated by the WRM in 2013. Oil palm is a traditional native crop for West and Central African...

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Congo Basin: Report on expansion of oil palm plantations

Posted on May 30, 2013

In February 2013, the Rainforest Foundation UK launched a new report on plans for expansion of large scale oil palm plantations in the...

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Congo DR

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

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Africa: Social movements building resistance

Posted on Aug 30, 2012

Members of farmers’ organizations, women’s movements and civil society organizations from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Swaziland,...

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Democratic Republic of Congo. Conservation International REDD pilot project: a different kind of Disney production

Posted on Nov 10, 2011

By Belmond Tchoumba This report is based on the fi ndings of research conducted by WRM on the REDD pilot project being undertaken by...

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The Conservation International REDD pilot project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – a very different kind of Walt Disney production

Posted on Aug 30, 2011

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Conservation International (CI) is promoting a REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and...

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Sold Down the River – The Need to Control Transnational Forestry Corporations: A European Case Study

Posted on Apr 17, 2011

By Forests Monitor, 2001 Sold Down the River – The Need to Control Transnational Forestry Corporations: A European Case...

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DRC: INGA dams for big business

Posted on Mar 8, 2011

Along the Congo River in the Democratic Republic of the Congo the Inga hydropower scheme has developed a series of hydroelectric dams, two...

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REDD in the Congo Basin

Posted on Dec 11, 2010

The forest of the Congo Basin expands over an area of continuous tropical rainforest cover only second to that of the Amazon forest. The...

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Uganda: The Batwa issue declaration calling for their rights to be recognized

Posted on Apr 29, 2009

The Batwa (often described as “pygmies”) are widely regarded as the original forest-dwelling inhabitants of the Equatorial forest in...

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Congo, D.R: Inga dams mean big business for corporations and no benefit for local communities

Posted on Jan 30, 2009

The Inga hydroelectric scheme (Inga 1, Inga 2, Inga 3 and Grand Inga) is located 140 miles southwest of capital city Kinshasa. It lies on...

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Oil palm and rubber plantations in Western and Central Africa: An Overview

Posted on Dec 15, 2008

Oil palm and rubber plantations are very similar in many respects, but there is something that clearly differentiates them: oil palm is a...

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Congo, DR: Doing away with forests, people and climate through logging

Posted on Nov 25, 2008

DRC’s rainforest –the world’s second largest– is disappearing through logging. According to a report from The Guardian (1),...

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Democratic Republic of the Congo: The search for consensus on the Itombwe forests

Posted on Aug 28, 2008

The Itombwe Massif lies northwest of Lake Tanganyika (28º02′-29º04′ E, 2º41’ 3º52′ S), stretching over a vast area of 1,600...

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Democratic Republic of the Congo: Deforestation of protected areas for mining operations in the province of Katanga – The case of the Basse Kando Reserve

Posted on Aug 28, 2008

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has the second largest tropical rainforest in the world, second only to the Amazon rainforest in...

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Congo, D.R: The oil palm invasion has started

Posted on Feb 2, 2008

Born to independence in 1960, the Democratic Republic of Congo has lived since then amid fighting. Its former colonial ruler Belgium, as...

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Congo, Democratic Republic: The looting war

Posted on Jan 3, 2008

Front-page articles in mainstream newspapers and magazines have pictured Congo’s crisis along the “preconceived notion of the...

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