World Rainforest Movement

Palm Oil’s Toxic Legacy in Sayaxché, Guatemala – by FoE

Posted on Sep 15, 2016

Saul Paau, a Q’eqchi’ Mayan community leader, describes the environmental and social devastation wrought by the palm oil industry in...

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Press Release of the Latin American Network against Monoculture Tree Plantations, in solidarity with the peoples of Nueva Concepción, Escuintla in their struggle for the liberation of the Madre Vieja River

Posted on Feb 16, 2016

On February 9th and 11th, 2016, over 200 residents of Nueva Concepción, Escuintla, Guatemala, held an action that was historic for their...

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Ecocidio en el río La Pasión, Guatemala

Posted on Jun 12, 2015

Only available in Spanish. Comunicado internacional.  Ante los hechos ocurridos  en el río La Pasión, en Sayaxché, Petén, Guatemala...

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Guatemala: neighborhood action against dams that deprive communities of water

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

Communities of the middle and lower basins of Madre Vieja River on the Pacific side of Guatemala are being deprived of water because of...

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Guatemala: Grassroots organizations criticise palm oil roundtable consultation  

Posted on Feb 23, 2015

Several grassroots organizations in Guatemala released a statement criticizing the public consultation process of the corporate social...

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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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Monocultivos de árboles en América Latina: situación laboral y destrucción de economías locales

Posted on Aug 29, 2014

Only available in Spanish By the WRM and RECOMA Download as pdf here Las empresas que promueven plantaciones en gran escala de monocultivos...

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Guatemala: The silent advance of industrial rubber tree plantations

Posted on Sep 11, 2013

  Hevea brasilensis, known as the Pará rubber tree or, most commonly, the rubber tree, is native to South America. It is the member...

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Guatemala: Isla Chicales – public lands should be managed by communities

Posted on Jul 30, 2013

The community of Isla Chicales, located in the municipality of Nueva Concepción in the department of Escuintla, is made up of 140 families...

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Guatemala: Oil palm plantations cause new displacement of rural communities

Posted on May 30, 2013

Industrial monoculture oil palm plantations have expanded significantly in Guatemala in recent years. One of the areas that has seen the...

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Opposition to mining in Guatemala leads to repression and death

Posted on Apr 30, 2013

On March 17, several indigenous community leaders from the village of Montaña de Santa María Xalapán, located in southeastern Guatemala...

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River in Guatemala “grabbed” by oil palm and sugar cane plantation owners

Posted on Apr 30, 2013

In Champerico, Guatemala, the Bolas River had completely disappeared, after it was diverted and dammed to provide water for oil palm and...

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Posted on Oct 25, 2012

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Iron mining threatens Guatemalan mangroves

Posted on Jun 6, 2011

Government authorities in Guatemala continue to promote metal mining, despite the widespread opposition of local communities and indigenous...

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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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Guatemala: Oil palm and sugar cane monoculture plantations hurt local communities on the Coyolate River

Posted on Dec 30, 2010

The Pacific watershed of Guatemala comprises 17 river basins. Most of the rivers in this region have a relatively short length of around...

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Guatemala: minería de hierro amenaza manglares del Pacífico

Posted on Jul 29, 2010

Si vemos un mapa de la cobertura forestal de la república de Guatemala, podremos observar que a lo largo de la línea costera del...

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Guatemala: Don’t sell forests, water and the future for oil!

Posted on May 30, 2010

Guatemala is facing the possibility of an extension of contract 2-85 that is threatening to expand and increase the oil frontier in one of...

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Meso-America: Communities issue statement on protected areas

Posted on Apr 29, 2010

The concept of protected areas, born in the United States in the nineteenth century as an idea of conservation by establishing “national...

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Guatemala: sugarcane’s bitter consequences

Posted on Jun 29, 2009

In our country, one of the crops that has caused the most negative impacts from its start to the present day is sugarcane. The sugarcane...

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Guatemala: Social and environmental impacts of oil palm plantations

Posted on May 30, 2009

In comparison, Guatemala is a relatively small country but it is very rich in biodiversity. The country is located in the Meso-American*...

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