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The ‘sins’ of the REDD+ approach

Posted on Aug 30, 2011

The world has been caught in a severe climate crisis as a result of the dramatic increase of antrophogenic (namely, caused by human beings)...

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The Conservation International REDD pilot project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – a very different kind of Walt Disney production

Posted on Aug 30, 2011

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Conservation International (CI) is promoting a REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and...

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REDD+: Can it be “fixed”?

Posted on Aug 30, 2011

Over the last five or six years, forests have once again earned a prominent place on the international agenda. But this renewed emphasis...

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Mining for REDD in Indonesia

Posted on Jun 6, 2011

In 2009, Rio Tinto, one of the world biggest mining companies, explained how it hoped that it could use REDD, “as an economic tool to...

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REDD-Monitor’s round-up: Watching REDD unravel

Posted on May 5, 2011

After almost five month’s of dithering, Indonesia’s two-year forest moratorium started this month. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono...

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Mexico: REDD+ in Chiapas finances disease, death and intercommunity conflicts

Posted on Apr 30, 2011

In Mexico, deforestation is advancing at a rapid rate alongside various megaprojects: the expansion of industrial monoculture plantations...

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Amador Hernandez, Chiapas: Starved of Medical Services for REDD – VIDEO

Posted on Mar 26, 2011

Short documentary video by Global Justice Ecology Project In March, 2011, Global Justice Ecology Project traveled to the village of Amador...

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The world is watching as the Indonesia-Norway REDD deal stalls

Posted on Feb 28, 2011

Indonesia is a crucial country for REDD. It has one of the fastest rates of deforestation in the world. And, as a direct result of this...

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REDD: An introduction

Posted on Feb 25, 2011

 By REDD Monitor REDD, or reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, is one of the most controversial issues in the...

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NO REDD – A reader

Posted on Dec 20, 2010

NO REDD – A READER is  a collection of articles written by REDD Monitor, Global Justice, Ecology Project, Censat Agua Viva, Amazon...

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The Cancun agreement on REDD: Four questions and four answers

Posted on Dec 18, 2010

By Chris Lang In Cancun, after two weeks of tense UN climate meetings, negotiators came up with a firm agreement. They decided...

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REDD in the Congo Basin

Posted on Dec 11, 2010

The forest of the Congo Basin expands over an area of continuous tropical rainforest cover only second to that of the Amazon forest. The...

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Is REDD the New Green? Indigenous Groups Resist Carbon Market-Based Forestry Scheme to Offset Emissions

Posted on Dec 10, 2010

A controversial proposal to protect forests worldwide is on the table at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Cancún. Reducing Emissions...

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Position on Women and REDD – Women and organizations at COP 16 of the CCC

Posted on Dec 9, 2010

Cancun, December 9, 2010 If you would like to sign the position as an individual or on behalf of an organization or network, please send an...

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The Top 10: What’s wrong with REDD?

Posted on Dec 3, 2010

By Chris Lang – If you’re looking for a list of what’s wrong with REDD, then look no further. The Climate Justice Research...

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Brazil: Follow-up on the Juma REDD project in the Amazon

Posted on Jul 29, 2010

On 15 July we received a message from the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS) expressing that “the article ‘Brazil: Juma REDD test...

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Cameroon: Baka, Bagyeli and Bakola distrust REDD

Posted on Jul 29, 2010

Most Baka, Bagyeli and Bakola, recognised as “people of the forest,” still rely on hunting and gathering to secure their livelihoods,...

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Brazil: Juma REDD test case in the Amazon

Posted on Jun 29, 2010

At present, the initiative for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) is rather a collection of proposals and...

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Indonesia: REDD project – many threats, no solution

Posted on Apr 29, 2010

Last month, a new Australian-Indonesian Forest Carbon Partnership was announced under the scheme of the International Forest Carbon...

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Global Sign-On Campaign against REDD

Posted on Apr 29, 2010

Criticism of the ineffective and unjust solutions to climate change which under carbon compensation and trading pretend to continue...

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REDD: Breathing new life into the scam of carbon trading

Posted on Feb 27, 2010

Reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) is based on a simple idea: Making forests worth more alive than dead....

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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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Indonesia: Plantations, human rights and REDD

Posted on Dec 30, 2009

Before the plantations came, villagers in Teluk Kabung in Riau province in Sumatra, grew coconuts. A few years ago, thousands of hectares...

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“REDD Not Fixable Nor Reformable – Don’t Greenwash REDD” – UNFCCC, COP15: Indigenous Delegates at Climate Conference

Posted on Dec 10, 2009

By Rebecca Sommer At the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Indigenous participants are increasingly concerned about REDD. REDD...

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Myth No. 14: Including plantations in the climate-related mechanism REDD (Reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) will help address climate change

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

This lie has its roots in the failure of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to differentiate between forests and...

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Ecuador: Statement by the indigenous peoples against forest/REDD CO2lonialism

Posted on Aug 30, 2009

The inclusion of forests on the carbon market in its REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing...

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Destroying with one hand, taking with the other: Biomass, REDD and forests

Posted on Aug 30, 2009

Forests are big news these days. Preventing deforestation will help us address climate change (at least if the carbon stored in the forests...

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Groups unite to challenge the definition of forests under UNFCCC/REDD

Posted on Dec 11, 2008

For Immediate Release 11 December 2008 Poznan, Poland (UN Climate Conference)–Global Forest Coalition, The Wilderness Society, World...

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The hottest REDD issues: Rights, Equity, Development, Deforestation and Governance by Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities

Posted on Dec 10, 2008

Prepared by the Task Force on Communities and REDD of the Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy of IUCN in collaboration...

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GenderCC Contribution to the UNFCCC on REDD

Posted on Dec 6, 2008

Poznan, December 6. GenderCC, a worldwide network whose main objective is to integrate gender justice in climate change policy at local,...

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From REDD to HEDD

Posted on Nov 17, 2008

WRM contribution to the Convention on Climate Change  Forests, everyone knows, are good for the climate – which makes it all the more...

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FERN Reports and Briefings on REDD

Posted on Nov 3, 2008

From Green Ideals to REDD money. A brief history of schemes to save  forests for their carbon. November 2008, 6 pages. A short overview of...

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NGO / IPO Declaration on REDD – Protecting the world’s forests needs more than just money

Posted on Dec 10, 2007

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP 13 Bali, Indonesia, December 2007 Governments meeting in Bali, Indonesia for the...

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‘Reduced Emissions From Deforestation’ (REDD): Can Carbon Trading Save Our Ecosystems?

Posted on Jul 18, 2007

At the Climate Change Convention’s COP13 in Bali this year the working group on reducing tropical deforestation is due to report...

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Community View from UNFF: Interview with Freddy Molina, ACICAFOC

Posted on May 3, 2004

Freddy Molina is a board member of the Asociacion Coordinadora Indigena y Campesina de Agroforesteria Comunitaria Centroamericana...

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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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Motion of rejection and solidarity with local leaders facing threats in Acre – Brazil

Posted on Aug 4, 2017

Press Release   More than 80 organizations and individuals from all over the world sent today the letter enclosed below to relevant...

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Report on Transparency in the Carbon Market in Pará, Brazil    

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

Artigo 19 launches its report “I came here to understand: What is carbon? Access to information and the green economy in...

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Dercy Teles on the popular movement of rubber tappers in Brazil

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

Dercy Teles of Carvalho was the first female president of a Brazilian Rural Workers’ Union, in the town of Xapuri, Acre in 1981....

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Xapuri Declaration, May 28, 2017

Posted on Jun 14, 2017

We, forest dwellers, rubber tappers, Apurinã, Huni Kui, Jaminawa, Manchineri and Shawadawa indigenous people, members of supportive...

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Position at WRM

Posted on Apr 19, 2017

Job description Background The World Rainforest Movement (WRM) is an international initiative set up in 1986 by activists from different...

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Large-scale investments and climate conservation initiatives destroy forests and people’s territories

Posted on Apr 4, 2017

Asia’s rapid economic growth and industrialisation are coming at an extremely high price for local communities, their environments and...

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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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International Statement: Our Land is Worth More Than Carbon

Posted on Feb 8, 2017

The Paris Agreement enshrined the principle of compensation in dealing with the climate crisis. This means that emissions actually do not...

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The Paris Agreement Undermines the Global Campaign to Leave Oil in the Soil

Posted on Feb 7, 2017

Almost 20 years ago, in the Japanese city of Kyoto, the Oilwatch network along with over 200 other organizations launched the pioneering...

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The Paris Agreement: International Endorsement for Tree Plantation Companies to Start a New Cycle of Expansion

Posted on Feb 7, 2017

Many communities in countries in the Global South are fighting invasion of their lands by large-scale tree plantations. WRM has learned a...

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Main initiatives to expand tree plantations in Latin America, Africa and Asia

Posted on Feb 7, 2017

Years before governments adopted the Paris Agreement, international initiatives promising millions of hectares of reforestation and forest...

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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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Ibi Bateke tree planting project in DRC: Sold as the success it never was

Posted on Feb 6, 2017

Advertised as “ground-breaking” and the first CDM (1) project in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Ibi Bateke tree...

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The Paris Agreement on Climate Change: Promoting tree plantations and reducing forests to tradable carbon stores

Posted on Feb 6, 2017

The 22nd annual UN climate meeting has come and gone in 2016, with governments celebrating the ratification of the Paris Agreement on...

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Bulletin Issue 228 – January 2017

Posted on Jan 30, 2017

UN Paris Agreement on Climate Change: Promoting tree plantations and opening UN carbon market to REDD+

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From Biodiversity Offsets to Ecosystem Engineering: New Threats to Communities and Territories

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

At a meeting in a wixárika community in Jalisco, México, with organizations and villagers from other areas, the language we used to...

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Peoples’ traditional knowledge embedded in their territory versus “traditional knowledge” in the UN Convention on Biological Diversity

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

Interview with Blanca Chancoso, Kichwa member of the Otavalo peoples and vicepresident of ECUARUNARI – the Kichwa Confederation of...

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Financial Mechanisms in the CBD: Opening the Doors to More Privatization of Biodiversity

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

The CBD is a forum where organizations and movements can bring our positions and try to get them reflected in official documents. We do...

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The CBD’s interpretation of “biodiversity” opens the door to new forms of biopiracy

Posted on Dec 7, 2016

Compared with the struggle to stop the destruction of forests, the resistance of forest-dependent communities against governments...

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“Middle America”: Peoples resisting a colonial past that persists through imposition and violence

Posted on Oct 20, 2016

When we think of the countries ranging from southern Mexico to Panama, we tend to speak of Central America. That is, in our imaginary, we...

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International declaration denounces ICAO offset plan

Posted on Sep 29, 2016

September 29, 2016 Aviation is one of the industries with the fastest growing emissions: Their own industry association expects emissions...

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How does the FAO Forest definition harm people and forests? An open letter to the FAO

Posted on Sep 21, 2016

This open letter, calling on the FAO to revise its forest definition, will be sent to the FAO next March 21 when the International day of...

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Cherishing community wisdom to strengthen the struggle for land and forest

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

When a forest area is replaced by a eucalyptus monoculture, a dam or a mining project, the destruction is evident and in plain sight....

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Emerging without submerging: the challenge of international policies on the environment in Central Africa

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

Central Africa is flooded with regional and international initiatives to manage its natural resources. In this forest region par...

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Protected Areas in the Congo Basin: Failing both people and biodiversity

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

(1) The creation of “protected areas” throughout the world is mainly based on a philosophy that originated in the United States (US)...

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Land grabbing: Tactics used by European actors abroad

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

(1) Current land grabbing practices include the capture of control of relatively vast tracts of land through a variety of mechanisms. In...

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The Congo Basin: in the Sights of Capital

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

The Congo Basin in Central Africa contains the second largest forest in the world. Its extensive territory is shared by six countries: the...

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Civil Society Resistance Against Aviation Grows – 38 Organizations Call for Real Solutions Against Climate Change

Posted on Jun 17, 2016

The aviation sector is the world’s fastest growing greenhouse gas emittor and one of the most polluting sectors. Nevertheless, no real...

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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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“Nigger” and “Nature”: Expanding the Concept of Environmental Racism

Posted on May 9, 2016

“Environmental racism” is a concept it’s hard to imagine environmentalism ever having done without. It names a reality that...

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“For a change of paradigm”: Interview with Tom Goldtooth from the Indigenous Environmental Network

Posted on May 9, 2016

What is the Indigenous Environmental Network? The Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) was born in 1990 in North America of hope,...

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Out of the Grid: Resistance to Capitalist Mapping

Posted on May 9, 2016

For many, mapping is an unsuspicious technique that helps us orient ourselves in the world. What is often overlooked is that it matters a...

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“Non-human Nature”: an invention that seeks to break societies rooted in forests

Posted on May 9, 2016

Have you ever wondered what the word “nature” means? The colonial roots of this concept and its current dominant use refer to...

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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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Aviation industry’s offset plans distracts from urgent need to reduce emissions, say environmental NGOs

Posted on Apr 4, 2016

4th April, Brussels – As member countries of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the United Nations’ specialised...

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We Denounce and Resist the Green Economy’s Impacts on Women and Forests

Posted on Mar 30, 2016

Declaration by the World Rainforest Movement (WRM), March 2016 To Berta Cáceres and the Lenca People, the struggle continues! In March,...

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Aviation industry plan to offset emissions is serious distraction from need to reduce emissions from the sector

Posted on Mar 23, 2016

International Civil Society Statement.  This statement is open for sign-ons until the 1st April from organisations. It will be released...

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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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The “Green Economy”: giving immunity to criminals

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

“The goal is to transform environmental legislation into tradeable instruments” Pedro Moura, founder of Ecosecurities, a carbon...

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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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Corporate peace and the Green Economy in Colombia

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

The current situation in Colombia can be understood as a historic opportunity to try to overcome decades of armed, social and political...

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Destructive companies “creating more biodiversity”?

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

As we have already argued in previous bulletins, it is absurd to accept the idea that companies can freely destroy an area—for example...

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WRM materials in Swahili and Lingala

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

The report “12 Replies to 12 Lies about Oil Palm monocultures plantations”, which aims at strengthening the struggles of all those who...

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Congo Basin Rainforest Project: Communities leery of “Conservation Revolution”

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

. The Mai N’dombe REDD project in the Democratic Republic of Congo features regularly in promotional material on REDD+. The...

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Carbon Offsets and Trading: A logic that violates Indigenous and human rights

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

For the majority of people in the Global North, little attention was given to the details of the recently signed agreement during the UN...

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What “rights” are defended in the Paris Agreement and in the plans with false solutions to the climate crisis?

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

There are many analyses of the Paris Agreement and the reasons why it is a disaster for the climate. One critique is that it does not...

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Burning Season In Indonesia What have industrial plantations and the Indonesian State done to the islands’ forests?

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The Scale of Disaster The forest and land burning madness is going rampant again in Indonesia. Up to November 16, the Global Fire Emission...

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Brazil: Forest Carbon Demonstration Project in the Tapajós-Arapiuns Extractive Reserve

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The carbon credit market, a mechanism of the so-called “green economy”, has been under debate in Brazil for about a decade,...

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The contradictions behind the “Zero Deforestation” pledge

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The UN climate negotiations in Paris will again put a lot of emphasis on forests, which are seen as mere carbon stores. One of the most...

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WRM Statement: The climate and forest crises cannot be solved with number games and false solutions

Posted on Nov 30, 2015

  After more than twenty UN climate conferences, the negotiations are still focused on figures and numbers, as if the climate crisis...

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COP 21 of the Climate Change Convention – Paris 2015

Posted on Nov 24, 2015

The 21st Conference of Parties of the Convention about the issue of Climate Changes will take place in Paris, France, between 30 November...

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Public Statement of the WRM to the California Air Resources Board

Posted on Nov 16, 2015

Subject: The proposal of the California government to include REDD+ offset credits from the state of Acre, Brazil, and from other states...

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Leave fossil fuels in the ground! A call for an “Annex 0” group, supported up by the Shuar Nationality of Pastaza in Ecuador

Posted on Nov 10, 2015

The Oilwatch network has issued an international call for creating an “Annex 0” group at the UN climate negotiations. This would mean a...

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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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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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Forest peoples and territories: Rights Violations in Acre, Brazil

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

In 2013, the Rapporteur on human rights to the environment (RDHMA, for its Portuguese acronym), from the DhESCA Platform, conducted a...

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Industrial oil palm plantations: A model that violates forest-dependent peoples and their territories

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

To mark the International Day of the Struggle against Monoculture Tree Plantations on September 21, WRM, together with organizations and...

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International Declaration 21 September 2015

Posted on Sep 19, 2015

International Day of Struggle against Tree Monocultures Among all of the main monoculture tree plantations for industrial use such as...

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Cambodia: Steps to Victory

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

  After several years of struggle, rural communities in the province of Oddar Meanchey, Cambodia, are seeing signs of victory. Three...

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The Mundukuru peoples in Brazil: forestry concessions imposed on indigenous lands

Posted on Sep 15, 2015

  In the history of the peoples who have been living in the Amazon since before the arrival of European colonizers, the invasion of...

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About the bulletin

Posted on Aug 24, 2015

    The World Rainforest Movement (WRM) bulletin has been published monthly since 1997 and is currently distributed in four...

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Biodiversity offsets facilitate continuation of business-as-usual destruction by mining companies

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

For well over a decade, mining corporations like Newmont and Rio Tinto have been participating in voluntary biodiversity offset (1)...

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Maputo Declaration of African Civil Society on Climate Justice

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

        Climate justice advocates and community and movements’ representatives met in Maputo, Mozambique from 21-23...

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