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Women landowners in Central Bougainville block the Panguna Mine pact

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

Women protesters led a blockade against the Panguna copper mine to prevent the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoA) between the...

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Laundering illegal timber: How tropical wood stolen through land grab makes its way to the furniture store

Posted on May 15, 2017

In 2013, with 3.1 million cubic meters of tropical wood exported, primarily to China, Papua New Guinea (PNG) became in recent years the...

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Will the Paris Agreement Save Forests?

Posted on Feb 7, 2017

In December 2015, the Paris Agreement was celebrated with great fanfare. This agreement, part of the United Nations Framework Convention...

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Trade deals threaten peasant farmer’s stewardship of seed biodiversity

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

Skilful selection and nurturing of the seeds best suited to a particular location are at the heart of peasant farming and agroforestry...

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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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Environmental regulation in the Green Economy: Changed to facilitate destruction

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

  In 2011, the State of Biodiversity Markets report, published by the pro-markets group Forest Trends, identified 45 biodiversity...

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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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Why the RSPO facilitates land grabs for palm oil

Posted on Nov 9, 2015

**This article is based on a conversation between Winnie Overbeek, the international coordinator of the World Rainforest Movement, and...

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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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West Papua Oil Palm Atlas: The companies behind the plantation explosion

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

During the last few decades, Indonesia’s oil palm industry has been growing rapidly, but with the vast majority of this expansion on the...

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Relaunching destruction in Papua: monoculture agriculture project threatens indigenous lands and livelihoods

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

. For the last five years, the people of Merauke Regency, in Indonesia’s southern Papua province, have been resisting a...

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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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A grandmother standing up to mining and logging companies in the Solomon Islands

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

When mining and logging companies come to villages asking for resource rights, how can communities make an informed decision without truly...

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Papua-Wide meeting calls for 10 year Moratorium on Plantation and Forestry Industries

Posted on Feb 24, 2015

Representatives of indigenous communities, environmentalists and human rights defenders from all over West Papua met in Jayapura (4th-7th...

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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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The great REDD gamble. Time to ditch risky REDD for community-based approaches that are effective, ethical and equitable.

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

A Friends of the Earth report looks at specific case studies which demonstrate that REDD projects can facilitate rather than prevent the...

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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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What is the biggest REDD+ contradiction?

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

  For almost ten years, a group of banks, corporations, governments and NGOs have been attempting to show the world that REDD+ is a...

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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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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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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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Accelerating deforestation: Financialization as a driver of infrastructure projects

Posted on Jul 4, 2014

Infrastructure projects, such as the building of highways, railways, ports and airports, installations for the extraction of oil, gas and...

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Victory over Malaysian land grabbers in Papua New Guinea

Posted on Jun 10, 2014

The people of Collingwood Bay in Papua New Guinea have won back their land from Malaysian loggers and oil palm companies after a hard...

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RSPO: fake promises promoting further oil palm plantations expansion

Posted on May 7, 2014

Industrial oil palm plantations have been expanding in many countries in the global South, increasingly in Africa and Latin America,...

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International campaign to define forests for their true meaning

Posted on Apr 5, 2014

La Via Campesina, Friends of the Earth International, Focus on the Global South, the World Rainforest Movement and more than than 120...

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There you go! – short film from Survival International

Posted on Mar 7, 2014

Around the world ‘development’ is robbing tribal people of their land, self-sufficiency and pride and leaving them with nothing....

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Say no to corporate power grab: Reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Posted on Dec 23, 2013

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a highly secretive and expansive free trade agreement between the United States and twelve Pacific...

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Aotearoa / New Zealand

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

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Australia

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

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Fiji

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

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Hawaii

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

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Papua New Guinea

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

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Samoa

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

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Solomon Islands

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

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Tonga

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

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Oceania

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

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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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Papua New Guinea: Indigenous peoples lose their rights to investors

Posted on Jun 29, 2010

We are witnessing a global process of agribusiness expansion and land grabbing in the South. Through lease, concession, even purchase,...

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Papua New Guinea: Women in Oil Palm Association become empowered

Posted on Mar 30, 2010

In late 2008, WRM and Friends of the Earth Papua New Guinea/CELCOR  jointly organised a workshop with local women in Papua New Guinea. The...

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Australia: Concern over plantations swept under the carpet by environmental movement

Posted on May 30, 2009

Australia like all colonial countries was founded upon the theft of indigenous peoples land. However in Australia, the authorities took the...

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Women raise their voices in three continents

Posted on Mar 30, 2009

Vast areas of land where diverse and rich ecosystems predominate are being replaced with large scale tree plantations in the South. These...

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Papua New Guinea: Women against further expansion of oil palm

Posted on Mar 30, 2009

Oil palm production is increasing in Papua New Guinea, a country where 97% of the land is communally owned and most of its 5 million...

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Video: Women raise their voices against tree plantations

Posted on Mar 30, 2009

If after reading the above articles you (as a woman within an organization, as a member of a women’s movement, as an activist on human...

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Women raise their voices against tree plantations. Testimonies from Brazil, Nigeria and Papua New Guinea

Posted on Mar 11, 2009

By the World Rainforest Movement and Forest and Biodiversity Program of Friends of the Earth International Screenplay: Flavio...

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Papua New Guinea: World Bank promoting oil palm and pushing people into poverty

Posted on Jan 30, 2009

The “Small Holder Agriculture Development Project” (SADP) is a World Bank loan recently granted to the PNG Government. The SADP...

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Australia – WRM information sheet on GE tree research

Posted on Aug 17, 2008

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

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New Zealand – 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 Updated 7 August 2009 Last update  August...

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Australia/Tasmania: Deal favours Gunns’ pulp mill project despite popular opposition

Posted on May 27, 2008

On the first days of this month the Tasmanian people got to know of a deal that had been struck four months before between their government...

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Aotearoa/New Zealand: Scion’s GE trees cut down!

Posted on Jan 3, 2008

Since 2003, New Zealand’s Scion has been carrying out a field trial planting of genetically engineered (GE) Radiata pine and Norway...

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Australia: The many subsidies enjoyed by Gunns in Tasmania

Posted on Nov 8, 2007

A short while ago on the international tourist scale, Tasmania was voted the second most beautiful location to visit in the world. It has...

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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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Indigenous Peoples. Their forests, struggles and rights

Posted on Dec 18, 2005

By the World Rainforest Movement This book gathers articles published in the monthly electronic bulletin of the World Rainforest Movement...

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ADB and Smallholders Agriculture Projects in Papua New Guinea

Posted on Jun 22, 2003

Briefing Paper prepared by Lee Tan, Australian Conservation Foundation/Friends of the Earth Australia “We, the landowners are developing...

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Australia: Tasmanian farms which fed people replaced by farms which feed woodchip mills

Posted on Nov 7, 2002

Preolenna, in NW Tasmania, has dramatically changed from what it used to be just five years ago (see WRM bulletin 36). Under the Federal...

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Papua New Guinea: Forests saved against logging and oil palm plantation

Posted on Nov 7, 2002

Landowners of Maisin and Wanigela customary lands, in the Collingwood Bay area of Oro Province, have something to celebrate. In May 2002,...

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Eco-forestry: A Ray of Hope in Solomon Islands

Posted on Oct 7, 2002

Solomon Islands in the western Pacific have been ravaged by nearly three years of civil conflict. The economy is in tatters, the main city...

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Aotearoa: Underlying Causes of Deforestation analysed at Indigenous Peoples Workshop

Posted on Sep 12, 2002

The weekend of the 21st and 22nd of September PIPEC (Pacific Indigenous People’s Environment Coalition) held a workshop on the Underlying...

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Australia: Tree plantations grabbing thriving forests

Posted on Jul 12, 2002

Today I went for a walk in the Tarkine. I was fortunate to sit under a wedge tailed eagle as it circled around me. Its nest must have been...

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Papua New Guinea: The logging industry’s empty promises of job generation

Posted on Jul 12, 2002

There should be more literature on the broken promises of the logging industry. When those companies arrive in a country, they try to...

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Aotearoa/New Zealand: Carter Holt Harvey the worst transnational corporation

Posted on May 14, 2002

In April, the fifth edition of the Roger Award took place. This prize is given to the worst transnational corporation operating in...

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Aotearoa/New Zealand: Meeting the CBD obligations and the need for a definition of what is not a forest

Posted on Apr 15, 2002

In all of the debate over what is (or is not) a forest, the issue of an individual country’s commitment to the Convention on Biological...

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Papua New Guinea: Diminishing forests, increasing suffering

Posted on Apr 15, 2002

Papua New Guinea, widely recognised as a country with a great diversity of forests, is now facing the depletion of its forest resources. An...

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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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Australia: Joint Submission against tree plantation scheme in Tasmania

Posted on Feb 20, 2002

Residents of the Waratah-Wynyard Municipality, a tree plantation-devastated community and environment in Tasmania, have issued a Joint...

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Papua New Guinea: Guns, drugs and logging in a disappearing paradise

Posted on Feb 20, 2002

Ninety seven percent of the land area of Papua New Guinea still is customary land owned by the people, who voluntarily give 3% to the...

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Papua New Guinea: The power of mining corporations

Posted on Jan 21, 2002

Mining operations in Papua New Guinea (PNG) are part of the IMF backed policy which opens the country to foreign investments for the...

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Papua New Guinea: World Bank-funded Forestry and Conservation project without the people

Posted on Dec 21, 2001

It is well known that the World Bank has been a major force in the destruction of the rainforests of the world by financing destructive...

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Australian carbon sinks: good for investors, bad for the environment

Posted on Sep 11, 2001

The compromise agreement reached last July in Bonn on greenhouse gas emissions includes a renegotiated and broadened definition of sinks...

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Solomon Islands: The alternative to large scale operations

Posted on Sep 11, 2001

A new report on the social impacts of development on Solomon Islands’ communities has found village-based enterprises strengthen family...

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Papua New Guinea: The impacts of British-promoted oil palm monocultures

Posted on Aug 11, 2001

CDC Capital Partners is a major actor in Papua New Guinea’s oil palm plantations. A former UK foreign aid programme, it later became a...

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Papua New Guinea: The World Bank once again in the forest

Posted on Jul 12, 2001

Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) rainforests are of global significance, comprising one of the last major tropical rainforest wildernesses in...

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Papua New Guinea: Incentives to oil palm plantations

Posted on Jun 12, 2001

Papua New Guinea (PNG) possesses one of the planet’s largest remaining tropical rainforest. At least seventy-five percent of its...

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Papua New Guinea: God help its forests against these “custodians”!

Posted on May 12, 2001

The Australian SBS Television Dateline programme has produced a documentary concerning fraud, incompetence, corruption and human rights...

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Tonga: The underlying causes of forest loss

Posted on Apr 12, 2001

The Kingdom of Tonga is located in the central south-west portion of the Pacific Ocean. Its territory comprises more than 175 islands, with...

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Papua New Guinea: Two opposite approaches to forest use

Posted on Mar 13, 2001

The state of Papua New Guinea (PNG) comprises the eastern part of the island of New Guinea and a series of smaller islands in the Bismarck...

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Papua New Guinea: Social and environmental destruction by logging

Posted on Feb 13, 2001

What follows are extracts from the findings of an environmental and social impact assessment of logging operations in the west coast of...

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Papua New Guinea: NGOs call for reform of forest industry

Posted on Dec 13, 2000

A coalition of non-government organisations is calling on the Government to make some fundamental changes in the forest industry. They are...

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Solomon Islands: A sustainable alternative to unsustainable logging

Posted on Dec 13, 2000

The Solomon Islands have been devastated by Australian and Asian logging companies; which have swept through the country’s forests,...

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Australia: Woodchipping old growth forests for “renewable energy”

Posted on Nov 16, 2000

In 1997 the Australian federal government issued a regulation for Tasmanian forests, abolishing export woodchip quotas. Consequently North...

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Aotearoa/New Zealand: Logging company’s dirty tricks revealed

Posted on Nov 16, 2000

The recent publication in the USA of a book, detailing a conspiracy between government, industry, and various public relations firms to...

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Aotearoa/New Zealand: Opposition to genetically engineered trees

Posted on Oct 16, 2000

While genetic engineering applied to food production is provoking concern among consumers and citizens and many scientists express their...

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Fiji: A coup d’etat sparked off by a mahogany plantation

Posted on Sep 16, 2000

It is already a well-known fact that large scale tree monocultures result in a large number of social and environmental impacts. However,...

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Hawaii: Are eucalyptus the only possible crop in Hamakua?

Posted on Sep 16, 2000

Friends of Hamakua is gravely concerned over a proposed plywood/veneer plant and about the State Forest Hamakua Management Plan, which...

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Oceania: A matter of survival

Posted on Aug 17, 2000

Giant AUSTRALIA is a major actor in the geopolitics of Oceania. With its particular situation in the Southern hemisphere but being a...

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Australia: Plantations, plantations and still more plantations…

Posted on Jul 17, 2000

Vast areas of the southern island of Tasmania in Australia are being planted with tree monocultures as “carbon sinks” and...

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