World Rainforest Movement

12 Replies to 12 Lies about Oil Palm monocultures plantations – new layout

Posted on Sep 26, 2016

This report aims at strengthening the struggles of all those who are opposing large-scale oil palm plantations in the global South. After...

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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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Two bright shining lies teaming up: Certification roundtables and REDD+

Posted on Nov 9, 2015

    Certification has been described as the brightest of bright shining lies of the sustainability movement. And in recent...

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FSC: Certifying accumulation markets

Posted on May 6, 2015

  For a long time, WRM, along with other organizations and social movements, has denounced the certification of projects that are...

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Brazil: The countless problems surrounding the Suzano corporation  

Posted on Feb 23, 2015

In late 2013, the international organization Biofuelwatch, in conjunction with WRM and the Brazilian NGO CEPEDES, published a case study...

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Guatemala: Grassroots organizations criticise palm oil roundtable consultation  

Posted on Feb 23, 2015

Several grassroots organizations in Guatemala released a statement criticizing the public consultation process of the corporate social...

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Chile: Discredited FSC label continues to legitimize industrial tree plantations  

Posted on Feb 23, 2015

The companies Forestal Mininco y Forestal Arauco account for the vast majority of tree plantation activities in Chile, with almost two...

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Brazil: Federal Prosecutor’s Office upholds injunction barring BNDES financing for Fibria Celulose, a company certified by the FSC

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

The Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office (Ministério Público Federal or MPF) of Brazil has ruled to suspend financing from the...

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Two-years research into business links of the NGO WWF in all corners of the world uncover the true face of the panda

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

The Silence of the Pandas became a German bestseller in 2012. A series of injunctions and court cases launched by WWF delayed publication...

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Forests Plunder: discourse of ‘sustainability’ hides destruction caused by logging

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

  Industrial logging – the large-scale removal of trees – in tropical forests is a significant cause of forest loss. The...

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‘Sustainable Forest Management’: the ‘change’ that keeps destroying

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

  This year, 2014, seems to have reached a new ‘record’ of international declarations in which the signatories commit to...

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Will FSC dissociate from Suzano?

Posted on Jul 4, 2014

FSC Watch . In July 2010, Suzano Pulp and Paper bought the biotechnology company FuturaGene, which for the past 8 years has been carrying...

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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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Indonesia – How RSPO addressed concerns raised against First Resources, one of its members

Posted on May 7, 2014

A short video “Manufacturing Consent”, (4) shows how PT Borneo representatives came to the Muara Tae village on 18 August 2011, asking...

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Liberia – RSPO’s inability to address root causes of the conflict related to Sime Darby’s operations

Posted on May 7, 2014

One would expect that RSPO members also uphold RSPO principles and criteria when they expand their operations on the African continent,...

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Nigeria – RSPO legal opinion ignores core of the complaint against Wilmar International subsidiary Biase Plantation Limited

Posted on May 7, 2014

The government of Cross River State, Nigeria has given the go-ahead for development of large scale oil palm plantations, including on...

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FSC consultation and complaints procedures: the case of Veracel Celulose in Brazil

Posted on Sep 29, 2013

For many years WRM has been denouncing the FSC certification of monoculture tree plantations. The scale of these monocultures is one of...

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The RSPO challenged in Honduras and Germany

Posted on Sep 11, 2013

  Millions of hectares of industrial oil palm plantations have been expanding in many countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America...

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Indonesia: RSPO fails to take action against a company bulldozing ancestral forests and perpetrating human rights abuses

Posted on Dec 30, 2012

The certifying body Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has failed to act against a company looking for RSPO’s seal which has...

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Brazil: Documentary film exposes FSC plantations as “Sustainable on Paper” only

Posted on Oct 30, 2012

  “Sustainable on Paper”, a documentary film by journalists An-Katrien Lecluyse and Leopold Broers released in Belgium in 2011,...

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Certification

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

The trend of voluntary certification is a FAO-supported phenomenon that came up in the 1990s, presented by corporations and governments as...

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Unilever’s greenwash with RSPO

Posted on Sep 30, 2012

Baby food scandals in Africa, tropical forest destruction for candy bars: There are companies like Nestle that attract scandals like light...

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Chile: Serious impacts of FSC certified tree plantation company

Posted on Sep 30, 2012

The results of a research study carried out in different region, in 2010, by the Association of Forest Engineers for Native Forests were...

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Open letter denouncing the FSC certification of Fibria Aracruz Celulose S.A.

Posted on Sep 21, 2012

Civil society organizations are denouncing the FSC certification of Fibria Celulose SA monoculture tree plantations by IMAFLORA, a...

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An overview of industrial tree plantations in the global South: conflicts, trends, and resistance struggles.

Posted on Jun 11, 2012

After many years of supporting local struggles and disseminating information from different countries on tree monocultures and its impacts,...

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Uganda: New Forests Company – FSC legitimizes the eviction of thousands of people from their land and the sale of carbon credits

Posted on Oct 30, 2011

Oxfam International recently released an eye-opening report on the activities of UK-based New Forests Company (NFC) in Uganda. The company...

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FSC and Veracel Celulose: Certification that is neither reliable nor independent

Posted on Feb 28, 2011

In 2007, FSC certifying body SGS began the certification process for Veracel Celulose in Bahia, Brazil, in accordance with the FSC’s...

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Certification is definitely not the right path to follow

Posted on Feb 28, 2011

For many years now, WRM has stressed that it is unacceptable to certify large-scale industrial monoculture tree plantations. The main...

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Brazil: The case of Plantar – the FSC at the service of the sale of carbon credits

Posted on Feb 28, 2011

Companies that promote large-scale monoculture tree plantations do not seek the FSC label solely to increase the value of their final...

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Chile: Monoculture tree plantations on Mapuche territory, certified by the FSC?

Posted on Feb 28, 2011

Since 1974, industrial monoculture tree plantations have spread throughout Chile, and are particularly concentrated in the regions of...

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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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RSPO: The “greening” of the dark palm oil business

Posted on Mar 11, 2010

Over the past few decades, oil palm plantations have rapidly spread throughout Asia, Africa and Latin America, where millions of hectares...

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Myth No. 8: Certification ensures that plantations are socially beneficial and environmentally sustainable

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

In the area of tree plantations, the FSC has become the main body responsible for granting a certificate to plantations assessed as...

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FSC’s greenwashing of tree monocultures: Evidence provided by the Brazilian Pulp and Paper Industry itself

Posted on Aug 30, 2009

For over a decade, the World Rainforest Movement has been denouncing that -by certifying large scale tree plantations- the FSC is...

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Brazil: FSC greenwashing of eucalyptus plantations is strongly questioned and a warning made vis-à-vis their advance in Piaui

Posted on Jul 30, 2009

One year ago, Judson Barros, Coordinator of the Piaui Environmental Network stated that “the south of Piaui has been destroyed, its...

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The FSC is greenwashing monoculture tree plantations – Evidence provided by the Brazilian Pulp and Paper Industry itself

Posted on Jul 17, 2009

For over a decade, the World Rainforest Movement has been denouncing that -by certifying large scale tree plantations- the FSC is...

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FSC: Increasingly alone in the path of tree plantation certification

Posted on Apr 29, 2009

Up to last year, the Forest Stewardship Council had certified 8.6 million hectares of industrial tree plantations despite ample evidence...

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Brazil: Veracel plantations, certified land seizure

Posted on Feb 27, 2009

In 1991, the Veracel Celulose company, then known as Verazcruz Florestal, first arrived in the extreme south region of the state of...

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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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Open Letter to the FSC members

Posted on Nov 1, 2008

The undersigned wish to urge members of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) to urgently resolve the serious problem of FSC certification...

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FSC General Assembly – Why FSC should not certify plantations

Posted on Nov 1, 2008

November 3-7, 2008  – Cape Town, South Africa The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) will be holding its general assembly on November...

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International Declaration Against the ‘Greenwashing’ of Palm Oil by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil

Posted on Oct 29, 2008

In defence of Human Rights, Food Sovereignty, Biodiversity and Climate Justice Ironically, on 16 October 2008, World Food and Food...

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Declaration of Social Organizations and Communities Regarding the Intentions of the First Latin American Meeting of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil

Posted on Oct 29, 2008

Agrofuels have been presented as the solution to the climate crisis and as a “clean” alternative to fossil fuels. But in...

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FSC certification of tree plantations needs to be stopped

Posted on Oct 15, 2008

Plantations are monocultures, created from seemingly endless rows of identical trees. They suck the water out of nearby streams and ponds...

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The Round Table on Ir-Responsible Soy

Posted on Apr 30, 2008

Certifying Soy Expansion, GM Soy and Agrofuels ASEED Europe, Base Investigaciones Sociales, Corporate Europe Observatory, Grupo de...

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Coalition calls on NGOs to withdraw support to Responsible Soy Roundtable

Posted on Apr 17, 2008

Press Release – 17 April 2008, International Day of Peasant’s Struggle.  Asunción, Paraguay One week before the third meeting...

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FSC at a crossroad: Veracel timber certification would be yet another disaster for FSC

Posted on Sep 17, 2007

Press Release – September 17 – 2007 The wood-pulp producing company Veracel has applied for FSC certification of its tree...

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Veracel’s FSC Certification

Posted on Aug 7, 2007

Veracel – which belongs to the Swedish-Finnish company Stora Enso and the Norwegian-Brazilian company Aracruz Celulose – is...

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Swaziland: The myth of sustainable timber plantations

Posted on Mar 22, 2007

By Wally Menne and Ricardo Carrere Although Swaziland is not a very well known country, many foresters not only know about its existence...

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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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Open Letter to FSC, Aracruz Celulose and Imaflora/Smartwood

Posted on Jun 8, 2006

By the Alert Against The Green Desert Movement/Brazil The harshness of capital against life but Aracruz Celulose lost the...

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Greenwash: Critical analysis of FSC certification of industrial tree monocultures in Uruguay

Posted on Apr 25, 2006

By Ricardo Carrere The aim of this report is to provide documented information and analysis to all those who are currently struggling...

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Documento para o Grupo Internacional de Revisão dos Princípios e Critérios do FSC para plantações de árvores

Posted on Apr 14, 2006

Only available in Portuguese – Introdução O FSC-Brasil tomou a iniciativa para organizar um encontro em Belo Horizonte no dia 18 de...

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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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Certification of tree plantations by SGS and SmartWood. A history of controversial certifications

Posted on Mar 14, 2006

By Ricardo Carrere – This study provides general background information on two of the main companies involved in the certification of...

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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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Certifying the Uncertifiable. FSC Certification of Tree Plantations in Thailand and Brazil

Posted on Aug 8, 2003

By the World Rainforest Movement Concern over the spread of tree monocultures and their certification is at the centre of this book....

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Ten replies to ten lies

Posted on Aug 9, 1999

By Ricardo Carrere, WRM Planting trees can be very good, but it can also be very bad. It all depends what you’re planting them for, the...

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WRM comments on FSC’s principle 10 on plantations

Posted on Dec 12, 1997

It is important to begin by highlighting the fact that to receive FSC certification, a plantation company needs to comply with all...

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