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Sign the petition! African women demand that oil palm companies give back their land and stop the violence

Posted on Jan 17, 2018

Support African women! Sign the petition included on this article by filling the form enclosed below. Organized women who live around...

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Sengwer people cry for help in the Embobut Forest, Kenya

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

The Sengwer are indigenous people who live in the Embobut forest in the Cherangani Hills in Kenya. Since British colonial rule, the Sengwer...

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African Biodiversity Network: “Matters of Principle: Guiding our way through challenging times”

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

The latest issue of the African biodiversity Network (ABN) Newsletter highlights the processes that participants of the 2017 Biennial...

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Southern African women organising against the violence of extractivism

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

The extractivist paradigm in Southern Africa threatens the lives and livelihoods of peasant communities, in particular women and girls: From the Tete Province in Mozambique, where women confront water scarcity and pollution to Zimbabwe’s Marange community, where militarised and often sexualised violence haunts women’s daily lives.

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Food sovereignty in Zimbabwe: Mopane trees and local livelihoods

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

Over the past few years, the mopane worm population – found in isolated patches of dense forests in the driest parts of Zimbabwe, like in the Mazwi village – has been diminishing, threatening local livelihoods and food sovereignty.

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Petition: Stop all forms of abuse against women in large monoculture tree plantations

Posted on Dec 19, 2017

On occasion of September 21st, International day of Struggle against Tree Plantations, women from several countries from West and Central...

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Why is it important to reflect about ‘rights’?

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

Rights – land and territorial rights, human rights, women rights, peoples’ rights, rights of nature, etc.- have long played a role...

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What are rights? Some lessons from struggle

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

In August 1838, a young man called Frederick Bailey escaped from slavery in Baltimore on the east coast of the United States (US). Less...

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Honduras and the Consultation Law: A trap that seeks to advance capitalism onto indigenous territories

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

Since ILO Convention 169 was ratified in 1995, indigenous peoples in Honduras have demanded the creation of a consultation mechanism to...

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Reflections on climate change, the rights of Indigenous Peoples and the right of Free, Prior and Informed Consent

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

Western colonialists and imperialists have for centuries pillaged and taken the lands, territories and natural resources of Indigenous...

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Brazil and land rights: A historical struggle that continues and intensifies

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

Interview to Roberto Liebgott, coordinator of “Regional Sul do Conselho Indigenista Missionário” – CIMI (The South Regional from the...

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Traditional land “rights” in West and Central Africa

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

In West and Central Africa, the many radically different ways in time and space of how people relate to and manage land reflects the many...

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The right to common

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

Enclosures have appropriately been called a revolution of the rich against the poor. (1) Commons are not just a “third way” beyond...

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What does rights of rivers mean?

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

In July 2017, on the banks of mighty River Narmada in central India, the sight of people performing rituals on the river bank, fishermen in...

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The Rights of Nature: A balance, 10 years after its constitutional recognition in Ecuador

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

Is it really possible to shift the dominant, colonial, Western paradigm—which sees nature and spaces as resources to be exploited,...

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Brazil: Land occupation wins award for producing food free of agrochemicals while restoring the forest

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

Since 2003, the camp that bears the name of environmentalist, José Lutzenberger, has reconciled the production of foods free of...

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“The struggle for land is essentially feminist”

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

An interview with University of Ghana professor, Dzodzi Tsikata, makes it clear how “anyone who declares himself/herself to be a...

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The sin of being a woman and ecologist in Latin America

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

The current wave of murders directly aimed at environmental and feminist activists demands a reflection that includes a gender perspective....

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Petition: Stop all forms of abuse against women in large monoculture tree plantations

Posted on Oct 25, 2017

On occasion of September 21st, International day of Struggle against Tree Plantations, women from several countries from West and Central...

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Police block peaceful action by women affected by SOCFIN oil palm plantation in Sierra Leone

Posted on Sep 26, 2017

MALOA, SILNORF, WRM, Bread for All and GRAIN | 25 September 2017 On September 21, 2017 about 150 to 200 women were stopped by police on...

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Petition: Stop all forms of abuse against women in large monoculture tree plantations

Posted on Sep 25, 2017

On occasion of September 21st, International day of Struggle against Tree Plantations, women from several countries from West and Central...

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Women say, “We want our lands back!”

Posted on Sep 25, 2017

Large-scale monoculture plantations “rob women of everything they have as they take the agricultural lands and forests that women depend...

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Port Loko Declaration: Women say “We want our lands back!”

Posted on Aug 28, 2017

Click here to download this declaration in English   Women and the expansion of industrial oil palm plantations   We, leaders of...

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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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Harassed by palm oil company, villagers in Thailand defend land

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

In November 2012, two women were found dead at the edge of a palm oil plantation. The death were understood as a clear warning to the Klong...

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“The big conservation lie: The untold story of wildlife conservation in Kenya”

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

 That is the title of a book co-authored by Mordecai Ogada and John Mbaria. “In many parts of Africa, conservation goes along with...

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Destroy here and destroy there: The double exploitation of biodiversity offsets

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

This issue of the WRM bulletin is focused on one of the key strategies that (mainly extractive) industries use to expand within the...

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Brazil, Mining and Biodiversity: From environmental degraders to environmental services providers: When the line between destroying and conserving is merely rhetorical

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

The parliamentary coup that brought Michel Temer’s illegitimate government to power, was not what set in motion one of the central...

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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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Gabon: Plans to market carbon, biodiversity, ecosystems and community “capital”

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

In 2014, the Gabonese government passed a new “Sustainable Development” Law, which authorizes companies to compensate for the...

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Colombia: Environmental Offsets, Legitimizing Extraction

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

Colombia is one of the first Latin American countries to set up and implement specific rules and regulations on biodiversity offsets. In...

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Madagascar: The “offsetting non-sense”

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

“It is an absurdity, as well as an injustice that they take away our forest claiming that they want to protect it, while in reality...

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What goes behind the idea of biodiversity offsetting: The case of Nam Ngiep Dam in Lao PDR

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

The governments of Cambodia, Laos and Thailand are planning eleven large-scale hydropower dams on the Mekong River’s mainstream. If...

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An umbrella for non-compliance: “Air Quality Offsets” in South Africa

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

How air quality offsets were set in place Air quality offsets in South Africa are part of a push back against gains made in air quality...

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Kenya: International Finance Corporation throws lifeline to REDD+ project and provides greenwashing for the largest mining company in the world

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

BHP Billiton is the world’s largest mining and petroleum company running mines in 13 countries. Its main offices are in Melbourne,...

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Environmental offsets in Panama: A strategy that opens up protected areas to mining

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

Minera Panamá (MPSA), owned by Canadian company First Quantum, has a concession to conduct open-pit copper mining in the Donoso District,...

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Ecology, Economics, Cultures of the Mekong Basin: From Keng Kood Koo to Pha Chan in A Changing Course      

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

Launched by the Thai organization TERRA, this publication records the story of Mekong riparian communities from 25 sub-districts in 7...

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Defending Indigenous Peoples in Voluntary Isolation in Brazil and Peru

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

In support of indigenous organizations in Peru, the Indigenous Missionary Council of Brazil (CIMI) expresses great concern for and stands...

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Women in the anti-mining struggle in El Salvador: “We are that swarm of bees”

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

In March 2017 the people of El Salvador won a huge victory. The Metal Mining Ban ruled absolute prohibition on mining exploration,...

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The Philippines: Defending the defenders, defending their rights

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

Juvy Capion was an indigenous B’laan mother of three, and a staunch defender of their ancestral domain in South Cotabato, Philippines,...

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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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Amazonian and Andean women in the VIII Pan-Amazonian Forum

Posted on Jul 7, 2017

How to make the sustainability of life the center of debate The VIII Pan-Amazonian Forum, held from April 28th to May 1st, 2017 in...

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The Daily Struggle of Kichwa Women in Sarayaku, Ecuador

Posted on May 15, 2017

Foto: Esteffany Bravo S. It is almost lunchtime and Rita does not have firewood left for cooking. Equipped with an axe and a large basket,...

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The Ngäbe and Buglé Resistance: Keeping extractive industries out of their territories

Posted on May 15, 2017

With a history plagued by outrage and territorial imposition since colonization, the indigenous Ngäbe-Buglé peoples of western Panama...

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Food Production and Consumption: Resistance against domination

Posted on May 15, 2017

To begin to discuss in depth the production and consumption of food, especially in a country like Brazil, it is necessary to recall and...

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Women and Traditional Oil Palm: A Struggle for Life

Posted on May 15, 2017

Marie Crescence Ngobo coordinates the Sustainable Development Actors Network in Cameroon (RADD, by its French acronym). RADD works with...

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Meeting report: What is happening to our forests?

Posted on Apr 6, 2017

 From 21-25 November 2016, about 50 people, involved in struggles to defend the territories, forests and livelihoods of forest-dependent...

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Report: Why & How Ecological Farming?! Training Workshop in HEPA Eco-Farming School, Vietnam

Posted on Apr 6, 2017

The report describes how farming systems rooted in the cultures, customary laws and place-bound experience of peasant farming gathered over...

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Myanmar: New policy promoting indigenous rights under threat

Posted on Apr 4, 2017

The last couple of years have been a period of significant change in Myanmar, most significantly represented by the victory of the NLD...

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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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Indonesia: Proposed laws threaten to reinstate corporate control over agrodiversity

Posted on Apr 4, 2017

  In 2012, the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Indonesia annulled key Articles of a 1992 Law on Plant Cultivation Systems. These...

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Report: From Global Enclosure to Self Enclosure: Ten Years After

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

Report: From Global Enclosure to Self Enclosure: Ten Years After – A Critique of the CBD and the “Bonn Guidelines” on...

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Ecuador: Conflict generated between Tagaeri-Taromenane indigenous peoples in isolation and an indigenous Woarani community

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

The Ecuadorian Amazon is experiencing many incidents of economic, political and socio-cultural conflict. These are mainly related to the...

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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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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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The Brazilian Biodiversity Law: Progress or Threat?

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

On May 20th 2015, then Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff, approved Law 13.123/2015, which was published as the new Brazilian Legal...

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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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Defending the body-earth territory: an alternative for social movements in resistance (1)

Posted on Oct 20, 2016

The Rancho Grande municipality in northern Nicaragua is facing installation of an open-pit gold mine by Canadian company B2Gold. With over...

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“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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Loss, Healing and Struggle

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

Ten years ago, the Indian writer Kiran Desai published a novel called The Inheritance of Loss, about the long-lived wounds and suffering...

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From “solastalgia” to “alegremia”

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

In 2003, Australian philosopher Glen Albrecht (1) coined the term “solastalgia” to define the combination of psychological disorders...

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Stories, identity and struggles: How local communities live with and talk about Mekong’s landscape

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

Different words, different sides When asked what this picture is about, you are likely to answer, “An atomic bomb” in English. Most...

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Endogenous knowledge, an effective weapon to combat land grabs in Africa

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

“This small family, the father, the mother and their two children, enters the sacred forest in order to find solutions to the illnesses...

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The Quechua-lamas vision of medicinal plants: a lesson from the high-altitude forests of Peru (1)

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

Modern people usually refer to medicinal plants as resources at the service of humans. This way of referring to them does not seem to be...

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“To enjoy full health, we want to make a difference”: A woman’s voice from the forests of Brazil

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

Francisca Maria is 36 years old, mother of 3 children, married for 17 years. She is also a leader in the community of São Raimundo. São...

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Nutrition from forests: forest communities and healthy lives

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

Despite the harmful consequences of the export-oriented and polluting model of the agribusiness industry for local communities, workers...

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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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West African women defend traditional palm oil

Posted on Jul 15, 2016

A video produced by GRAIN shows how rural women in West Africa are working to protect traditional palm oil production in the face of the...

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Women and Property in Cameroon: Laws and Reality

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

The agricultural force on the continent In Cameroon as in many African countries, women daily endure practices that could be considered...

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Colombia: Women as Seeds of Mobilization and Resistance

Posted on May 9, 2016

If they touch our blood, they touch the earth If they touch the earth, they touch our blood Motto of the Women of the Xinka Peoples...

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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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The new legal framework on biodiversity and the commodification of nature in Brazil

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

The December 2015 Raíces newsletter focuses on the problems arising around approval and regulation of the Legal Framework on Biodiversity,...

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But, where is the water?

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

On the 21st of March, International Day of the Forests, the FAO has launched another nice video. This year the video is about forests and...

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Resisting Militarism – World March of Women | 8th March, 2016

Posted on Mar 9, 2016

Dear sisters, friends, activists and fellow fighters, In recent days, the world has been getting ready to celebrate the 8thof March,...

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Justice for Berta Cáceres and COPINH

Posted on Mar 5, 2016

Berta Cáceres, coordinator of the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), was murdered on March 2,...

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“The Mauzes”: defending territories and life

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

Since joining Indonesia officially in 1969, Papua had only seven oil palm companies until 2005. In 2014, the number jumped to 21 companies,...

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Peasant Agroecology for Food Sovereignty and Mother Earth, experiences of La Via Campesina

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The collective efforts of various organizations from Africa, America, Europe and Asia have resulted in the study booklet: “Peasant...

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Appeal to India and UN on indigenous forest communities’ rights

Posted on Nov 15, 2015

To: – President of India, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee – Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi – Minister of Tribal Affairs...

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Palawan: Stop blaming indigenous peoples’ farming practices for deforestation – look at boom crops, oil palm plantations and mining!

Posted on Nov 10, 2015

Traditional upland farming implemented through swidden (‘slash-and-burn’) technology (kaingin) in The Philippines is demonized and...

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Seed laws that criminalize farmers: resistance

Posted on Nov 10, 2015

Peasant seeds – the pillar of food production – are under attack everywhere. Under corporate pressure, laws in many countries...

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Brazil: Quilombola communities’ planting method preserves vegetation and soil nutrients

Posted on Nov 10, 2015

In the middle of the biggest continuous area of Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, southwest of Sao Paulo, researchers of the University of Sao...

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Community Forest Management: elements for its defense and strengthening

Posted on Nov 10, 2015

The publication recently launched by the Mexican organization Otros Mundos Chiapas is an effort to share many elements and experiences of...

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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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The Farce of “Smart Forestry”. The Cases of Green Resources in Mozambique and Suzano in Brazil

Posted on Nov 9, 2015

  “Nobody eats eucalyptus.”  With this statement farmers expressed their outrage when the company Aracruz Celulose...

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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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How REDD+ projects undermine peasant farming and real solutions to climate change

Posted on Oct 29, 2015

A new joint publication by GRAIN and the World Rainforest Movement (WRM) looks at the dangers for peasant communities from one of the main...

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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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Stop privatizing India’s Forests!

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

A Press Release by All India Forum of Forest Movements (AIFFM) denounces the Government of India allowing “forest concessions” to...

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Africa: Where palm oil is still a source of life

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

These days, with so many companies jumping into the oil palm plantations business and with more and more extensive areas of forests...

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Community-based Forest Management in the Congo Basin

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

A report from the Rainforest Foundation UK, shows how attempts of community based forest management in the Congo Basin thus far have not...

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Deforestation funds more plantations: The new Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill in India

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

Giving away India’s forests On August 13, 2015, Prakash Javadekar, India’s Minister of the Environment, informed the Upper House of...

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Discovering the secrets of Benin’s forests to improve nutrition

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

Although growing international recognition of forests’ role on food sovereignty for forest-dependant populations, large amounts of...

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UnderMining Agriculture: How the Extractive Industries Threaten our Food Systems

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

A recent report from the GAIA Foundation and allies exposes how the world’s food production and millions of small farmers and...

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What future for the world’s forests?

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

The new issue of the “World Rivers Review”, a magazine from the NGO International Rivers, includes reports about worldwide violations...

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Water: stream of life and knowledge

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

  There is a crucial difference when one refers to water as a living element rather than as a “resource”. The Western point of...

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Untold stories of water theft and pollution

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

Behind many appealing products in the supermarkets of major urban centers in the world, there are countless silenced stories. Behind the...

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International Forum on Agroecology brings common understanding

Posted on May 6, 2015

More than 200 people took part in the Forum, held in Nyéléni, Mali, from February 23 to 27, to develop joint strategies to promote...

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Defending and promoting the right to Food Sovereignty around the world

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

The latest Nyéléni newsletter edition shows articles on how peoples across the world are fighting to secure and defend their rights to...

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International Day of the Forests – March 21st, 2015

Posted on Mar 17, 2015

Dear friends, WRM is pleased to announce the release of three new materials that we would like to share with you on March 21, designated by...

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