World Rainforest Movement

“Industrial Tree Plantations Invading Eastern and Southern Africa”

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

This briefing, compiled by the World Rainforest Movement (WRM) and the Timberwatch Coalition (TW), is now also available in Swahili. It...

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Large Hydropower Dams Are Not the Answer: Time to Rethink Africa’s Energy Infrastructure

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

The Programme of Infrastructure Development for Africa (PIDA) was adopted in 2012 with the aim of connecting the continent’s energy, transport, water and communication infrastructure. But what kind of infrastructure does “Africa” really need and who is getting more access with such initiative? This article looks into the hydropower dams proposed for PIDA

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Industrial tree plantations in eastern and southern Africa

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

This article gives an overview on the industrial tree plantation expansion threat in eastern and southern African countries, its external drivers, as well as the challenges this expansion presents to affected communities struggling to defend their land and livelihoods.

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Violence, appropriation and resistance: Eastern and southern Africa

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

In order to better understand peoples’ struggles across the southern and eastern regions of Africa, reflecting on its history is crucial. This editorial highlights some parts of this history. And this, of course, is just the tip of the iceberg.

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Mashamba makubwa ya miti kwa ajili ya viwanda yanavyovamia Mashariki na Kusini mwa Afrika

Posted on Oct 9, 2017

Taarifa hii ya pamoja kati ya Timberwatch Coalition na World Rainforest Movement inalenga katika mambo mbalimbali ya ndani na nje...

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“The big conservation lie: The untold story of wildlife conservation in Kenya”

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

 That is the title of a book co-authored by Mordecai Ogada and John Mbaria. “In many parts of Africa, conservation goes along with...

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Kenya: International Finance Corporation throws lifeline to REDD+ project and provides greenwashing for the largest mining company in the world

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

BHP Billiton is the world’s largest mining and petroleum company running mines in 13 countries. Its main offices are in Melbourne,...

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Industrial Tree Plantations Invading Eastern and Southern Africa

Posted on Oct 5, 2016

New briefing: “Industrial Tree Plantations Invading Eastern and Southern Africa” In the context of emerging global trends in...

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The Racist Colonial Roots of Western Forest Conservation: A look into a REDD project in Kenya

Posted on May 9, 2016

It would be both ahistorical and apolitical to not firmly locate the roots of the western concepts of nature conservation to the colonial...

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African Amazons fight destruction of forests

Posted on Mar 10, 2015

In recent decades, the sustainable management of natural resources and the conservation of biological diversity have become a major...

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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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Your support in needed! The Sengwer people in Kenya is being forcibly evicted from its territory

Posted on Feb 25, 2014

Dear friends, your support in needed! The Sengwer people – an indigenous hunter-gatherer community in the Cherangany hills in Kenya- is...

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Forced Relocation of Sengwer People proves urgency of canceling REDD

Posted on Feb 25, 2014

February 25, 2014 Download here the full letter in pdf format with the final list of sign-ons  We, the No REDD in Africa Network (NRAN)...

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Kenya: Appeal against forced eviction from Embobut Forest

Posted on Feb 5, 2014

Some 6000-7000 indigenous people and other communities in Embobut Forest in the Cherangany Hills of the ElgeyoMarakwet County, in Kenya,...

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Recognising Sacred Natural Sites and Territories in Kenya: An Analysis of how the Kenyan Constitution, National and International Laws can Support the Recognition of Sacred Natural Sites and their Community Governance Systems

Posted on Dec 14, 2012

New report: “Recognising Sacred Natural Sites and Territories in Kenya: An Analysis of how the Kenyan Constitution, National and...

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Posted on Oct 25, 2012

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Kenya: Laureate Maathai advises discouraging plantation of Eucalyptus

Posted on May 5, 2011

When Kenyan Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai launched in 1977 the Green Belt Movement – promoting  the planting of indigenous trees...

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Kenya: The Forest Service to the rescue of eucalyptus

Posted on May 30, 2010

Concerns have been raised in Kenya about the high water consumption of eucalyptus trees, which in 2009 led the country’s Environment...

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Kenya: Ogiek’s rights violated by climate change and by measures to stop it

Posted on Dec 30, 2009

The Mau Complex – the largest forest of Kenya – has been the ancestral home of the Ogiek Community. Although extremely important in...

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Mounting pressure against eucalyptus in Kenya, described as the “water guzzler”

Posted on Oct 30, 2009

Something extremely interesting is currently happening in Kenya. On the one hand, the country’s Environment Minister, John Michuki, has...

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Kenya: Projected sugar cane plantations may wipe out invaluable Tana River Delta

Posted on Aug 30, 2009

The Tana River Delta is one of the most important wetlands in Africa and among the largest and most important freshwater wetland systems of...

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Kenyan Indigenous Group Faces October 1 Court Date

Posted on Sep 7, 2002

On October 1, an indigenous group living in Kenya’s Mau Forest is scheduled to have its case heard in the country’s High Court....

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Kenya: Forest degradation and the way ahead for conservation efforts

Posted on May 14, 2002

Environmental degradation seems to have taken a sad toll in Kenya. As many as 12 people were killed in a landslide at Kanyakine, Meru...

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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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Kenya: Forest destruction for the benefit of government cronies

Posted on Feb 20, 2002

Kenya’s ecosystems are on the edge, unable to continue providing water, plant materials and other basic human needs to its burgeoning...

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Kenya: Is the government serious about forest biodiversity conservation?

Posted on Nov 27, 2001

During the meeting of the Subsidiary Body (SBSTTA) of the Convention of Biological Diversity held in Montreal, Canada from November 12 to...

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Kenya: Pollution and deforestation caused by Pan African Paper Mills

Posted on Apr 13, 2001

The large-scale monoculture pulpwood plantation model being implemented in the South not only results in negative social and environmental...

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Kenya: Who favours and who destroys forest biodiversity?

Posted on Mar 13, 2001

Governments should be directly responsible for the conservation of the natural and cultural heritage of their respective countries and...

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Kenya: International campaign for the Ogiek

Posted on Feb 13, 2001

The Ogiek people of Kenya constitute an ethnic minority community, which has lived basically from hunting and honey-gathering since time...

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Kenya: Resistance to the Sondu Miriu Dam project

Posted on Jan 13, 2001

The Sondu Miriu River is one of the six major rivers in the Lake Victoria basin, which drains 3,470 square kilometres in the western part...

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Kenya: Local peoples’ land rights ignored

Posted on Nov 16, 2000

Even though indigenous peoples and rural communities are the ones directly bearing the brunt of the destruction of rainforests by...

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Kenya: Mangroves threatened by Canadian mining company

Posted on Sep 17, 2000

The Kenyan coast is estimated to hold more than 10% of the world’s unexplored deposits of titanium, a metal used in the pigment...

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Kenya: the future of the Ogiek and their forests

Posted on Apr 18, 2000

The Ogiek people of Kenya -a minority forest-dwelling community currently composed of some 20,000 people- who have lived from time...

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Kenya: Ogiek people’s fight to protect their forest

Posted on Jul 24, 1999

The Ogiek people are a hunter-gatherer people, famed as harvesters of honey, which they consume themselves and exchange with their...

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Kenya: violence against forest activists

Posted on Mar 25, 1999

Last January Prof. Wangari Maathai, one of the most inspiring ecofeminists and pro-democracy advocates in all of Africa, and other Kenyan...

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