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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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Solomon Islands

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

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Tonga

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

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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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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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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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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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