World Rainforest Movement

“Sacred Sites are living places”: the voices of Custodians in Africa

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

The short film “Sacred Voices”, supported by the African Biodiversity Network and the Gaia Foundation, shares the messages of eight...

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A blueprint for environmental racism

Posted on May 9, 2016

In 1969, at the age of 3 my parents were forced to move from the home in which I was born, in a neighbourhood of people of all colours,...

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Forestry Community Forum: Community mobilisation in plantation forestry

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The Forestry Community Forum is an organisation of dwellers and labour tenants residing in plantation forestry / worker villages in the...

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The Durban Declaration against REDD

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

The Global Coalition Against REDD in alliance with the No REDD in Africa Network (NRAN) and supported by many international organizations...

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Plantations are not forests!

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

In September 2015, the UN Organization for Food and Agriculture (FAO) will held the World Forestry Congress in Durban, South Africa, on the...

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Organizations protest against the XIV FAO World Forestry Congress

Posted on Sep 9, 2015

On the occasion of the XIV World Forestry Congress, organized by the FAO in Durban, South Africa, between 7 and 11 September, we, members...

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10th September 2015 is the Global Day of Action against Fake Forests

Posted on Aug 17, 2015

Dear all In Durban we will march to protest the expansion of industrial tree plantations that destroy ecosystems and biodiversity, steal...

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World Forestry Congress in Africa 2015: More tree monocultures or more forest conservation for Africa?

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

  In September this year, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is organizing the XIV World Forestry...

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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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EU support for wood-based ‘bioenergy’ fuels forest destruction and land-grabbing

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

    Back in 2009, the European Union agreed on a 20% renewable energy target by 2020. Most of the target is expected to be met...

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South Africa – Celebrate the International Day of Struggle against Monoculture Tree Plantations!

Posted on Sep 19, 2014

By Geasphere, South Africa Since 2004,21st September is a special day used to raise awareness about the impacts of large-scale timber...

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South Africa: Pulp Industry expansion – land-grabbing disguised as community development

Posted on Sep 11, 2013

  During the Apartheid era many South Africans were deprived of their traditional land through laws that led to their displacement...

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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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South Africa

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

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South Africa: How Green is my Power?

Posted on Sep 30, 2012

Sappi Limited, South African producer of pulp and paper, plans the construction of a biomass combustion plant at Ngodwana Mill, Mpumalanga....

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Africa: Social movements building resistance

Posted on Aug 30, 2012

Members of farmers’ organizations, women’s movements and civil society organizations from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Swaziland,...

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Industrial monoculture tree plantations in South Africa: The culture of traditional healers versus the culture of consumption

Posted on Jan 30, 2012

In the reports about the effects of industrial tree plantations of eucalyptus, pine or oil palm on peoples’ lives, negative impacts...

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False solutions to climate change enabling land grabbing in Africa

Posted on Nov 30, 2011

Next week an international farmers’ conference will take place in Mali to stop land grabbing. Organized by La Via Campesina, it is...

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South Africa: The killing of Baboon in FSC-certified timber plantations

Posted on Feb 28, 2011

GeaSphere is an environmental pressure group working towards a more sustainable model of living based on lower impact agriculture practices...

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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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South Africa: Research shows conclusive results on the impacts of tree plantations on water

Posted on Dec 30, 2010

At a time when water resources are becoming scarce and ever more threatened by global warming and climate change, a research carried out in...

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South Africa: Thirsty alien trees in a water scarce country

Posted on Apr 29, 2010

GeaSphere and EcoDoc have just launched a report by Liane Greeff of EcoDoc Africa, “Thirsty alien trees, no water left and climate...

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South Africa: Threatened grasslands

Posted on Jan 30, 2010

Natural forests aren’t the only landscapes being taken over by timber plantations. South Africa’s biologically diverse native...

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New video online on timber plantations in Southern Africa

Posted on May 30, 2009

The Southern African organization GeaSphere has produced the online video “Earth Matters” which can be viewed (in two parts)...

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Timber Plantations in Southern Africa

Posted on Dec 15, 2008

Timber plantations in southern Africa are concentrated in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Swaziland, but they are also expanding in Mozambique....

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South Africa: Letter for the de-certification of FSC certified plantations in South Africa

Posted on Sep 1, 2007

We the undersigned wish to register our concern over the certification of tree plantations by the FSC, which has granted a green label to...

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Organizations from eight countries demand the FSC to withdraw its “green label” to several plantation companies

Posted on Sep 1, 2006

Press Release – September 1, 2006 Organizations from eight different countries are requesting the Forest Stewardship Council –a...

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Memoria de una gira de campo. Evaluación de la certificación FSC a plantaciones en KwaZuluNatal – Sudáfrica

Posted on Apr 5, 2006

Only in available in Spanish – Por Javier Baltodano – Grupo de Trabajo en la Revisión de las Políticas de Certificación a...

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A Study of the Social and Economic Impacts of Industrial Tree Plantations in the KwaZulu – Natal Province of South Africa

Posted on Dec 25, 2005

By John Blessing Karumbidza In the industrial tree-growing sector the primary initiative has entailed two particular strategies. One has...

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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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