World Rainforest Movement

What does rights of rivers mean?

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

In July 2017, on the banks of mighty River Narmada in central India, the sight of people performing rituals on the river bank, fishermen in...

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Karnataka state government in India bans planting eucalypt and acacia trees due to impact on ground water levels

Posted on Sep 25, 2017

Large-scale planting of eucalyptus and acacia trees under a World Bank-aided project in India not only squeezed the rich underground water...

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The Green Invasion: Promoting Plantations in India

Posted on Sep 21, 2017

Photo: Swarup Saha Forests? Or Plantations? According to data presented by the Forest Survey of India (FSI) in their biennial State of...

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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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India: Odisha government must not ignore forest rights claims on POSCO project site  

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

The Odisha government gave more than 800 hectares of land to the South Korean steel giant POSCO for building a power plant, jeopardizing...

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India: BBC investigation reveals deadly toll of shoot-to-kill policy in tiger reserves

Posted on Apr 6, 2017

Across the world, indigenous peoples face arrests, harassment, torture and death in the name of nature conservation. The Kaziranga National...

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Forest in India’s North East

Posted on Apr 4, 2017

  The region typically known as “India’s North East” or also referred to as just “North East” is linked tenuously with...

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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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India: Support forest dependent communities against plantations expansion!

Posted on Sep 20, 2016

WRM together with the All India Forum of Forest Movements, and the Campaign for Survival and Dignity are mobilizing against the CAF Act...

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India: The Parliament violates forest people’s rights and promotes further plantations

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

The Indian Parliament approved this July a passage from the Compensatory Afforestation Fund, better known as CAMPA Bill, which seeks to...

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Update on POSCO’s harassments in Odisha India

Posted on May 9, 2016

Despite India’s National Green Tribunal statement on early April affirming that POSCO’s Environmental Clearance is valid only up to...

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India: annulling rights to allow mining

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

On 8 January 2016, the Government of Chhattisgarh (GoC), India, passed an order cancelling the rights of the villagers of Ghatbara over a...

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Mausam Magazine from India: voices for climate justice

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The India Climate Justice Collective has released the fifth issue of the “Mausam” magazine. This time the focus is on India’s...

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India: Appeal to the government and the UN on indigenous forest communities’ rights

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The Indian government is producing many proposals to make more profit from the country’s forests. These include wider application of...

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Appeal to India and UN on indigenous forest communities’ rights

Posted on Nov 15, 2015

To: – President of India, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee – Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi – Minister of Tribal Affairs...

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Stop privatizing India’s Forests!

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

A Press Release by All India Forum of Forest Movements (AIFFM) denounces the Government of India allowing “forest concessions” to...

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Deforestation funds more plantations: The new Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill in India

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

Giving away India’s forests On August 13, 2015, Prakash Javadekar, India’s Minister of the Environment, informed the Upper House of...

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Movement update of resistance against POSCO in Odisha, India

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

The protests against the establishment of POSCO’s steel plant in the Jagatsinghpur district of Odisha, India, are determined to continue...

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Why are we in jail? A women’s fight against injustice and domination in India

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

. It was 6am. Me and other women comrades had to get ready for a rally and meeting at 10am to oppose the new Land Acquisition Ordinance...

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Stop police brutality, harassment and arrests of oustees of Kanhar Dam Project

Posted on Jul 21, 2015

Aklu Chero, a tribal leader protesting the construction of the dam, was shot at by the police on April 15. (Vipin Kumar/ HT Photos) Since...

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India: Slavery and child labour in granite quarries

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

India is the second largest exporter of granite, much of which ends up on the European market. The main buyers of granite are the...

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New issue of the Mausam newsletter from India: talking climate in public space

Posted on May 6, 2015

The India Climate Justice collective has published the third issue of the Mausam magazine aiming to facilitate constructive and creative...

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Learning from India’s Chipko movement: fighting for feminism and for the environment

Posted on Mar 10, 2015

March 8 is not just a day to celebrate and give visibility to women’s struggles, it is also a day to remember and appreciate the...

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Indian Forest Struggles: the quest for alternatives

Posted on Dec 20, 2014

The world over, social movements resisting the neo-liberal aggression on nature and on the various forms of common property regimes, have...

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India plans huge palm oil expansion, puts forests at risk

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

While Malaysia and Indonesia produce over 85% of the world’s palm oil, India is its largest importer. To boost palm cultivation, the...

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India: Struggles against POSCO’s steel plant in Odisha are determined to continue until company withdraws

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

  On 20th September 2014, villagers of Dhinkia made unanimous resolution in their local council not to use their forested lands for...

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India: Appeal to the government of India and to the UN on Development, Rights & Biodiversity in Forest Communities to protect indigenous rights

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

  The government of India has launched, in the name of ‘development’, several processes that remove or dilute legal protection of...

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Caravan for climate justice, gender and food sovereignty across Bangladesh, India and Nepal,

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

Peasant organizations and members of La Via Campesina from Bangladesh, India and Nepal invite people to join an 18-day Caravan (10-28...

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India: Forest struggles at the crossroads

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

One can still come across unfragmented forests and wilderness landscapes in India, some of them comprising the type of structural and...

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The Asian Development Bank’s infrastructure-led ‘growth’ in India and the Mekong region (1)

Posted on Jul 4, 2014

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is pivotal for creating demand and the conditions for widespread privatization in virtually every sector...

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First-hand testimony of Andaman tribe reveals sexual exploitation

Posted on Apr 5, 2014

First-hand testimony of Andaman tribe reveals sexual exploitation – In an audio recording obtained by Survival International, a...

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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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Andaman Islands, India: Jarawa people turned into a “tourist attraction”

Posted on Oct 2, 2013

Photo: Survival International Another major threat looming over some groups of isolated indigenous peoples is mass tourism. In some cases,...

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The Sentinelese – the world’s most isolated tribe?

Posted on Oct 2, 2013

Photo: Survival International Living on their own small island, only 72 km2, the Sentinelese are probably the most isolated tribe in the...

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India: The Uttarakhand tragedy is not natural

Posted on Jun 30, 2013

India Climate Justice, a collective of social movements, trade unions, other organizations and individuals, has issued on last June 25 a...

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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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India: Steel-making POSCO strikes again

Posted on Feb 28, 2013

On 3 February 2013, at around 4 am, twelve police platoons entered Govindpur and Nuagaon villages in Jagatsinghpur district of Orissa...

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Indian organizations declared all the Tiger Reserves in the Nilgiris Biosphere Reserves as illegal

Posted on Jan 30, 2013

Following a collaborative study conducted in the four Protected Areas: Nagarhole, Bandipur, Mudumalai and Wayanad, several social groups...

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Gathering support for Indian forest communities at the CDB

Posted on Oct 30, 2012

  In 2006, the Indian Parliament enacted the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights)...

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India: Michelin factory menaces forest of the “untouchables”

Posted on Jan 30, 2012

In the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, the French Michelin company is planning to build a huge tire plant that would impact on the...

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Mega-projects and the criminalization of struggles to defend people’s rights in India and Honduras

Posted on Dec 30, 2011

Since December is the month in which International Human Rights Day is commemorated, we feel it is urgent to highlight the cases of two...

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India: Forests and tree plantations under carbon offset schemes

Posted on Nov 30, 2011

The new abstractions created by the climate change discourse in the form of REDD and REDD+ have come to deepen the commodification of...

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India: Tribal women of Kaimur plant native trees to protest JICA-funded government tree plantation drive

Posted on Sep 30, 2011

Hundreds of trees of native species used by local communities – such as neem, lemon, sehjan, amla, jamun, mango, chironji and mahua –...

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India: Freedom after a century of struggle

Posted on Jul 30, 2011

The tribal villages of Surma and Golbojhi celebrated their liberation on the occasion of International Labour Day on May 1. The freedom...

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“Sustainable” mining: a contradiction in terms

Posted on Jun 30, 2011

One of the natural resource extraction activities that generates the most negative impacts, while also generating the most profits, is...

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India: Saving Niyamgiri from mining

Posted on Jun 6, 2011

In a state such as Orissa in which Dalit and tribal groups comprise nearly 40% of the total population, the issue of ‘access’ to land...

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India: Ravaged Landscape, Devastated People – Tales of Hydro Power CDM projects in Himachal Pradesh

Posted on Apr 30, 2011

India continues to be one of the ‘hottest’ locations for carbon ‘offset’ projects despite the global carbon market slump: as of...

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India: Women take the lead in the fight for their rights over forest

Posted on Apr 30, 2011

The non-recognition of the territorial rights of indigenous and other traditional peoples has been identified as one of the major...

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India: POSCO project approved but the struggle continues

Posted on Feb 28, 2011

On January 31, 2011, the Indian movement POSCO Pratirodh Sangram Samiti (POSCO Resistance Struggle Movement) issued a press release to...

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India: Forest protection is a matter of ecological justice

Posted on Oct 30, 2010

“The forest dependent people of India are raising their voice strongly against the loot of natural resources in the name of delivering...

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India: POSCO mining project halted by people’s opposition but forest clearance still stands

Posted on Aug 30, 2010

The Korean company POSCO arrived to India for business and entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Orissa on 22...

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Posco: Bad for India, bad for Uruguay and bad for the climate

Posted on Jun 29, 2010

As we reported in October 2009, the Korean steel company POSCO has been granted the opportunity both in India and in Uruguay to occupy...

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India: Pushing “REDD plus” at the expense of forests and forest dwellers

Posted on Jan 30, 2010

The Copenhagen Accord – the agreement reached by a group of countries at the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit and imposed on the rest...

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India – WRM information sheet on GE tree research

Posted on Nov 25, 2009

 WRM information sheets on GE tree research First posted: 25 November 2009 Last update: August 2014 Forest tree species being...

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Posco: Destroying forests in India and establishing carbon sink plantations in Uruguay

Posted on Oct 30, 2009

Uruguay and the Republic of Korea have recently signed an Agreement for Investment Promotion and Protection which, according to Uruguayan...

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India: Dehradun Declaration of forest people

Posted on Jul 30, 2009

On 10-12 June 2009, adivasis, forest workers and other forest dwellers from 16 states of India held a conference on ‘Resisting...

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India: Jatropha plantations destroy the livelihoods of poor local communities

Posted on Jun 29, 2009

The plans for the establishment of jatropha plantations aimed at the production of biodiesel are based on the alleged availability of...

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India: Lepchas arrested for opposing mega hydro project T

Posted on Apr 29, 2009

he old Lepcha tribe were isolated forest dwellers living harmoniously with nature over centuries. They were hunters and gatherers leading...

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India: A human chain to defend Niyamgiri Hill from mining

Posted on Feb 27, 2009

The Niyamgiri Hill, in Orissa, an outstanding natural beauty place rising more than one thousand meters, has some of the most pristine and...

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India: Forest dependent Vangujjars harassed by local government

Posted on Nov 25, 2008

Vangujjars, a distinct nomadic tribe with a very rich cultural heritage has been living scattered in the Indian upland forests of the...

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India: the Police and the Forest Department attack women that fight for their lands

Posted on Oct 26, 2008

In yet another incident, the tribal and dalit women of village Harna Kachar, Sonbhadra district of Uttar Pradesh, had to bear the brunt of...

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India: A Story of Non-Participatory Conservation in the Buxa Tiger Reserve

Posted on Jun 26, 2008

Buxa was one of those forests which the British foresters boasted of. Originally grassland and Sal forests in stony highlands, the area was...

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India: Illegal aluminium refinery in Tribal lands in Orissa

Posted on Jan 3, 2008

India’s new Tribal Forest Rights Act came into force in the beginning of 2008. It gives indigenous forest communities rights to...

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India: Implementation of Tribal Forest Rights Act 2006

Posted on Dec 5, 2007

India’s Minister of Tribal Affairs promised on 7.12.2007 to the Indian Parliament that the  Scheduled Tribes and Other Forest...

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Civil Society Organisations Reject World Bank Country Assistance Strategy: Severely Condemn Bank’s Propriety in Influencing Government of India’s Policy

Posted on Aug 10, 2004

PRESS RELEASE –  In a National Consultation held in Delhi on August 7, 2004, several civil society organisations in India including...

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India: The need for community control over natural resources

Posted on Nov 7, 2002

“Nature can never be managed well unless the people closest to it are involved in its management and a healthy relationship is...

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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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