World Rainforest Movement

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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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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“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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Destructive biofuels and wood-based biomass out of next Renewable Energy Directive say 120 organisations to EU renewables consultation

Posted on Feb 11, 2016

Press Release.  10th February 2016 – 120 civil society organisations and networks from across the globe have published a declaration...

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Jail term for villagers opposing Bolloré/Socfin’s palm oil plantations in Sierra Leone as trial of French journalists starts in Paris

Posted on Feb 10, 2016

10 February 2016 | Press release – A day before the start of yet another trial brought on the Bolloré Group against French...

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Declaration: Large-scale bioenergy must be excluded from the renewable energy definition

Posted on Nov 20, 2015

  We, the signatories of this declaration, are calling on the European Union (EU) to exclude bioenergy from its next Renewable Energy...

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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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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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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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Furthering mining in Africa in a Summit held at the centre of mining finance

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

Members of African and UK civil society and communities sent a letter to the “Mining on Top Africa: London Summit” – a decisive...

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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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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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“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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Women fighting against extractive industries

Posted on Dec 21, 2014

During the UN climate negotiations in Lima, the World March of Women expressed its active solidarity with Máxima Acuña, who is facing...

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How the industrial food system contributes to the climate crisis

Posted on Dec 21, 2014

The non-profit organization GRAIN has released an educational pamphlet that clearly demonstrates the fundamental role of the industrial...

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Environmental and Social Justice Photography contest

Posted on Dec 21, 2014

The Critical Information Collective is launching a new annual environmental and social justice photography competition, which will be open...

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An alternative to “alternatives”

Posted on Dec 21, 2014

There’s an old joke in the US about a public prosecutor who starts to build a case against the Mafia in her city. One day she...

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Challenges for the struggles of women rooted in their territories: A decolonial perspective

Posted on Dec 21, 2014

When corporations, government agencies and sometimes NGOs plan and implement projects for oil and gas extraction, hydroelectric power...

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The complex debate about alternatives

Posted on Dec 20, 2014

This last World Rainforest Movement bulletin of the year 2014 focuses on an issue that is somehow present in all of the local struggles...

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Gendering Peasant Movements, Gendering Food Sovereignty

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

A problem peasant women face is invisibility in the feminist and women’s movements. A second problem is the weakness with which the food...

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Why are women fighting against extractivism and climate change?

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

It is obvious that capitalism feeds on and is sustained by the exploitation of workers, women, indigenous peoples and nature. And, while...

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Organization and mobilization against the corporate takeover of the climate summit convened by Ban Ki-moon in New York City

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

More than 330 international organizations, social movements and networks are publicly denouncing the corporate takeover of the climate...

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Grassroots organizations in France alert the participants of the International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Safety and Nutrition organized by FAO

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

Confédération Paysanne, the French chapter of La Vía Campesina, Friends of the Earth France, and others, reaffirm that peasant...

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Tree factories: An overview of the impacts and interests behind GE trees

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

Genetic engineering allows scientists to modify trees by inserting genetic material from another tree of the same species, from another...

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Beware the bioeconomy

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

    Just a few years ago forestry giant Weyerhauser, a US-based logging company, began running a series of intriguing adverts in...

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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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Spain – WRM information sheet on GE tree research

Posted on Sep 17, 2014

WRM information sheets on GE tree research First posted:  August 2014 Forest tree species being manipulated:hybrid aspen (populus)Aim...

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Poland – WRM information sheet on GE tree research

Posted on Sep 17, 2014

WRM information sheets on GE tree research First posted: August 2014 Forest tree species being manipulated:Hybrid aspen (populus)Aim...

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Russia: How to combine forest conservation and a traditional use of nature?

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

The Russian Federation, located in Eastern Europe and Northern Asia, is the world’s largest country in terms of area. Part of this...

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The roots of a forest

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

In March 2014, more than 100 organizations from all over the world requested through an open letter that the Food and Agriculture...

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Deforestation, REDD and Takamanda National Park in Cameroon – a Case Study

Posted on Aug 5, 2014

By FPP. While focusing in particular on the German financing of rainforest protection in Cameroon, this report also covers the broader...

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Carbon versus food

Posted on Jun 10, 2014

A case study of the “Fair Forest Carbon compensation” project of French company Pur Projet, in the region of San Martin, Peru,...

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Stora Enso´s propaganda campaign in Laos

Posted on Jun 10, 2014

Since the Laos government adopted, in 1990, the World Bank´s Tropical Forestry Action Plan, it started with support from International...

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Support the Jogbahn Clan in Liberia: Tell Equatorial Palm Oil NO means NO!

Posted on May 13, 2014

Dear friends, our friends from Liberia are requesting our support. The Jogbahn Clan in Liberia is fighting to keep their home....

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New investigative and critical website on French transnational corporations – Multinationals Observatory

Posted on Mar 7, 2014

Online resources and in-depth investigations on the social, ecological and political impact of French transnational corporations. See...

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The Austrian company Andritz received the blame and shame award “Eyesore of the year 2013” for its involvement in disastrous mega-projects

Posted on Mar 7, 2014

The “eyesore of the year” award is given by the Network Social Responsibility (NeSoVe) – a network of NGOs and workers’...

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Sued for protesting against Wilmar’s refined destruction

Posted on Dec 23, 2013

Eight activists of Robin Wood, a grassroots group in Germany, were sued in October 2013 for taking part in a peaceful demonstration to...

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Public Meeting: A Burning Issue – biomass and its impacts on forests and communities

Posted on Oct 9, 2013

Tuesday, 29th October 2013 at 7pm. Speakers from Brazil and the US will present first-hand experience of the impacts of the UK’s biomass...

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United Kingdom

Posted on Oct 4, 2013

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France

Posted on Oct 4, 2013

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Ireland

Posted on Oct 4, 2013

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Russia

Posted on Oct 4, 2013

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Denmark

Posted on Oct 4, 2013

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The RSPO challenged in Honduras and Germany

Posted on Sep 11, 2013

  Millions of hectares of industrial oil palm plantations have been expanding in many countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America...

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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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World Summit on Sustainable Forest (-destruction)

Posted on Dec 30, 2012

“World Summit on Sustainable Forest (-destruction)”, a satirical blog on the summit that will be held on March 5th-6th 2013 in...

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Indonesia: Farmers protest against eviction caused by Debt Nature Swap (DNS)

Posted on Oct 30, 2012

About 40 farmers of a La Via Campesina member organization (Serikat Petani Indonesia) from Jambi province protested in front of the Germany...

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The Netherlands

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

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Belgium

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

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Finland

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

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Germany

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

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Iceland

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

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Norway

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

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Spain

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

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Sweden

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

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Europe

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

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Portugal: Petition to protest the “eucalyptization” of the country

Posted on Oct 23, 2012

  This past September 21, to mark the International Day Against Monoculture Tree Plantations, the Portuguese environmental...

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Beauty and the Beast – Norway’s investments in rainforest protection and rainforest destruction

Posted on Aug 30, 2012

This new report published by Rainforest Foundation Norway and Friends of the Earth Norway documents the political incoherence of the...

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Campaign against palm oil giant FELDA

Posted on Jul 30, 2012

Rainforest Rescue has started a campaign to demand Deutsche Bank to dissociate itself from the Malaysian palm oil giant FELDA Global...

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European Union: Take the metals and run

Posted on Jun 30, 2011

Faced with rising prices for raw materials and the hoarding of minerals by certain emerging economies, Europe is sharpening its claws. And,...

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Saca el metal y corre. Los países emergentes, la Unión Europea y las materias primas no energéticas del Sur global

Posted on Jun 16, 2011

Only available in Spanish  – By Guadalupe Rodríguez, Salva la Selva. El acceso y abastecimiento de materias primas no energéticas,...

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Short animation – Let’s define forests by their true meaning

Posted on Feb 16, 2011

Also available in: Afrikaans, Aymara, Catala, Chinese, Dutch, Finish, German, Bosnian, Italian, Maori, Mapuche, Maya Kaqchikel, Maya...

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French economic group Bolloré attempts to intimidate journalists who expose abusive practices on its plantations in Cameroon

Posted on Jun 29, 2010

Targeting the media This past May 6, journalist Benoît Collombat and two Radio France Inter directors were convicted of defamation in a...

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Statement on Tree Plantations from participants at recent Forest Movement Europe meeting

Posted on Jul 30, 2009

The Forest Movement Europe (FME) is an informal network of more than 45 NGOs from12 European countries. It is a loose movement with no...

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Russia – WRM information sheet on GE tree research

Posted on Jul 8, 2009

 WRM information sheets on GE tree research Little is known about GE tree research in Russia and even less about field trials. However, a...

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Field trial of genetically modified trees: Belgian government’s contribution to International Day for Biological Diversity

Posted on May 30, 2009

On May 6th, Minister of Science and Innovation of Flanders (Belgium) Patricia Ceyssens planted a tree. Nothing strange in that of course....

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Plantations, poverty and power: Europe’s role in the expansion of the pulp industry in the South

Posted on Jan 30, 2009

Before the current global economic meltdown, the pulp industry had ambitious expansion plans. Although the industry was closing mills in...

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Plantations, poverty and power: Europe’s role in the expansion of the pulp industry in the South

Posted on Dec 18, 2008

By Chris Lang The area of industrial tree plantations is expanding in the global South. Vast areas of monocultures have been established to...

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Belgium – WRM information sheet on GE tree research

Posted on Aug 1, 2008

 WRM information sheets on GE tree research First posted: 1 August 2008 Updated: 15 August 2008, based on information from (1) Updated:...

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Denmark – WRM information sheet on GE tree research

Posted on Aug 1, 2008

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

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Finland – WRM information sheet on GE tree research

Posted on Aug 1, 2008

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

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France – WRM information sheet on GE tree research

Posted on Aug 1, 2008

 WRM information sheets on GE tree research First posted: 1 August 2008 Updated: 15 August 2008, based on information from (1) Last...

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Germany – WRM information sheet on GE tree research

Posted on Aug 1, 2008

 WRM information sheets on GE tree research First posted: 1 August 2008 Updated: 21 August 2008 Updated: 23 January 2009 Last Update:...

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Sweden – WRM information sheet on GE tree research

Posted on Aug 1, 2008

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

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United Kingdom – WRM information sheet on GE tree research

Posted on Aug 1, 2008

 WRM information sheets on GE tree research First posted: 1 August 2008 Updated: 14 August 2008, based on information from (1) Last...

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Oil Palm. From Cosmetics to Biodiesel, Colonization Lives On

Posted on Sep 22, 2006

Selection of articles published in the monthly electronic bulletin of the World Rainforest Movement, addressing the impacts of the oil palm...

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Organizations from eight countries demand the FSC to withdraw its “green label” to several plantation companies

Posted on Sep 1, 2006

Press Release – September 1, 2006 Organizations from eight different countries are requesting the Forest Stewardship Council –a...

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Spain: From the galician ecologist movement to the FSC

Posted on Sep 1, 2006

In Galicia, we have been suffering for many years the consequences of the dreadful influence of the company ENCE in our natural environment...

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Ireland: Letter for the de-certification of Coillte

Posted on Sep 1, 2006

We the undersigned wish to register our concern over the certification of tree plantations in our country by the FSC, which has granted a...

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Status of Implementation of Forest-Related Clauses in the CBD: An Independent Review & Recommendations for Action

Posted on Mar 18, 2002

Commissioned by the Global Forest Coalition This report is based on 21 country case studies, including Australia, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada,...

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Briefing on Finnish Consultancy Firm Jaakko Poyry

Posted on May 22, 1999

By Larry Lohmann Forest degradation is associated with the activities of loggers, timber consumers, paper companies, and multilateral...

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