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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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Mekong Commons Internet site

Posted on Dec 21, 2014

This site examines the questions surrounding the Mekong Region’s ‘development’, and tries to identify new ones, giving particular...

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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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Legal action in defence of the rights of nature of the Tangabana páramo

Posted on Dec 21, 2014

The Ecuadorian environmental defence organization YASunidos has joined with Acción Ecológica and the indigenous pastorate of Chimborazo...

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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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AlteRAtive Energies: When the only “alternative” is integral change

Posted on Dec 20, 2014

In communities on the border between Ecuador and Colombia that live under the influence of armed conflict, monoculture fruit tree...

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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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Peru: The Matsés, last shamans of the Amazon rainforest, fight back against transnational oil company

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

The Matsés indigenous people are fighting back to stop Pacific Rubiales Energy, a Canadian oil and gas company, from destroying their...

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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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Keeping Land Local: Reclaiming Governance from the Market

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

Through a series of articles, this report, from the organization Focus on the Global South, denounces how land, forests and water are being...

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Indonesia: forests are more than land

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

  Deforestation in Indonesia is not only about the loss of forest areas, it is a much more serious matter. A whole living system that...

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Sixth National Conference on Páramos and High Mountains, Water for Life!, Colombia,

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

Friends of the Earth Colombia, CENSAT Agua Viva, is making available to the public three promotional audios for the Conference on Páramos...

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Caravan for climate justice, gender and food sovereignty across Bangladesh, India and Nepal,

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

Peasant organizations and members of La Via Campesina from Bangladesh, India and Nepal invite people to join an 18-day Caravan (10-28...

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Páramos in Colombia: a short reflection on current threats and resistance action

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

Meekly the water flows from lichens and stones like a flood of feelings from the soul of the earth… (Efraín Gutiérrez...

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Peasants and Politics Virtual Special Issue

Posted on May 7, 2014

The Journal of Peasant Studies is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2013-14. Part of their series of initiatives to commemorate the...

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Brazil: Voices of local communities in Acre denounce violations in Community-based Sustainable Forest Management

Posted on Dec 23, 2013

Photo: Lúcia Ortiz In the business world, “sustainability” promises, among other things, that economic activity does not violate the...

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Food sovereignty and struggles for territories and forests

Posted on Oct 31, 2013

October 16 is World Food Sovereignty Day. At its last international conference in Indonesia, this past June, La Via Campesina placed heavy...

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Nigera: A unique example of community based forest management at the Ekuri community

Posted on Oct 31, 2013

  Introduction / Background Nigeria in West Africa is the most populous country in Africa with an estimated population of 170...

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10 things communities should know about REDD

Posted on Jan 11, 2013

The main goal of this booklet is to inform communities about the serious problems that a REDD project can cause for the people...

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Brazil: Belo Monte, an illegal and immoral hydroelectric dam project that violates numerous rights

Posted on Dec 30, 2012

In early December of this year, the Brazilian National Development Bank (BNDES) announced that it was granting a new loan of 22.5 billion...

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Via Campesina: Agroecology is the corner stone of food sovereignty

Posted on Dec 14, 2012

La Via Campesina International met in Surin, Thailand for the First Global Encounter on Agroecology and Seeds to share experience and...

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Green Economics in Brazil: Women talk about the impact of the SPVS REDD project and a Boticário Foundation protected area

Posted on Dec 14, 2012

Testimonies of community women impacted by carbon and forest conservation projects that today are included in the so-called Green Economy.

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Disputed territory: new video on the green economy versus community-based economies in southern Brazil

Posted on Dec 14, 2012

A story of the peoples of the Atlantic Forest in southern Brazil in a disputed territory where the green economy competes with community-based economies.

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Disputed Territory. The green economy versus community-based economies

Posted on Dec 11, 2012

Produced by the World Rainforest Movement Interviews: Winnie Overbeek Camera and Edition: Flavio Pazos. A story of the peoples of the...

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Indonesia: Farmers struggle against industrial oil palm and acacia plantations in defense of their land and food sovereignty

Posted on Oct 30, 2012

The struggle in Geragai District Up to 2011, a total of 18 companies had licenses over forest areas for a total of 663,809 ha distributed...

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Community-Based Forest Management

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

This is a type of management of forests that is directed by communities; it is practiced in many different ways depending on the local...

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Indonesia: Bayat Society Builds Life

Posted on Sep 30, 2012

Timber Plantation concessions are a model of forest exploitation conducted by corporations in Indonesia. More than 9 million hectares of...

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New crossroads, same actors: The green economy of the powerful, voices of resistance of women

Posted on Mar 30, 2012

Business as usual dressed up in green Humanity is moving along old paths in new clothes. The current civilization model, which is portrayed...

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Climate, human rights and forests in Thailand

Posted on Dec 30, 2011

In Thailand, indigenous communities have been and continue to be threatened to be expelled from their traditional territories as a result...

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Forests. Much more than a lot of trees

Posted on Nov 29, 2011

Produced by the World Rainforest Movement Directed by Flavio Pazos The United Nations declared 2011 as the International Year of...

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Forest definition

Posted on Nov 10, 2011

When we talk about “the definition of forest”, what is perhaps most striking is the fact that, although there are many definitions of...

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Forests with the people

Posted on Jan 30, 2011

The origin of forests Some 430 million years ago, plants and arthropods began to live on land and to evolve, adapting to their new habitat...

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Let’s define the forest by its true meaning

Posted on Jan 30, 2011

Following FAO’s criterion for the limits of tree cover for “forest” (canopy cover between 10-30%), the Kyoto Protocol defines...

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Campaign on Forest Definition

Posted on Jan 4, 2011

2011 was declared the International Year of Forests by the United Nations. In response, WRM has launched a campaign that challenges the...

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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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Brasil: Comunidades quilombolas reconvertem eucaliptales

Posted on Aug 30, 2010

A comunidade quilombola de São Domingos, tradicionalmente instalada no norte do Espírito Santo, viveu um momento histórico nos dias 26 e...

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The Common Property and the Community Forest Management in the Brazilian Amazon Forest

Posted on Jul 3, 2010

By José Heder Benatti. This paper is a preliminary legal reflection on the role of common property in the Brazilian Amazon. It suggests...

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Madagascar: Forest communities impacted by a Rio Tinto mine

Posted on Apr 29, 2010

Madagascar is the world’s fourth largest island and is usually portrayed as being one of the poorest countries in Africa, with over...

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Bangladesh: Campaign for full implementation of the CHT Peace Accord to help the Jumma peoples regain control over their forests, lands, and destiny

Posted on Jan 30, 2010

The Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) in southeastern Bangladesh bordering Burma is one of the last remaining forested regions in the country,...

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La gestión comunitaria de los bosques: entre la resistencia y las propuestas de uso sustentable

Posted on Dec 2, 2008

Only available in Spanish. Por Amigos de la Tierra, 2008 Este es un documento didáctico que ponemos a disposición de las comunidades que...

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Propriété contre possession. Les conflits éco-sociaux liés aux plantations industrielles d’arbres dans le Sud

Posted on Aug 2, 2006

Only available in French – By Julien-François Gerber. Les polémiques autour des plantations industrielles d’arbres restent peu...

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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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International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

Posted on Aug 11, 2005

By the World Rainforest Movement. August 9 has been declared as International Day of the World’s Indigenous People. On this date, the...

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The Mumbai – Porto Alegre Forest Initiative

Posted on Jan 30, 2005

Background A number of participants at the World Social Forum 2004 met in Mumbai and believing that forest issues are in essence social and...

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Community Forests. Equity, use and conservation

Posted on Jun 8, 2004

As we all know, the conservation of the world’s forests requires the adoption of a series of measures to change the current model of...

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Bridging the Gap: Communities, Forests and International Networks

Posted on Jan 16, 2004

by Marcus Colchester, Tejaswini Apte, Michel Laforge, Alois Mandondo and Neema Pathak Synthesis Report of the Project ‘Learning...

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Natural and Cultural Assets and Participatory Forest Management in West Africa

Posted on Dec 16, 2003

by Kojo Sebastian Amanor (University of Ghana),  December 2003 Natural and Cultural Assets and Participatory Forest Management in West...

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La madera, el bosque y la gente. Propuesta ecologista para producir madera respetando el bosque y las comunidades

Posted on Sep 2, 2003

Only available in Spanish – By Javier Baltodano Este documento detalla algunos de los aspectos que consideramos básicos para...

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Africa: Forests under threat

Posted on Aug 9, 2002

This book gathers a selection of articles published in the monthly electronic bulletin of the World Rainforest Movement (WRM), addressing...

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Participatory forest management in Africa. An overview of progress and issues

Posted on Mar 16, 2002

By Liz Alden Wily. Independent land tenure & community forest management adviser Participatory forest management in Africa. An overview...

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Communities and Forest Management in South Asia

Posted on Sep 3, 2000

By the international Working Group on Community Involvement in Forest Management, September 2000. A regional profile of WG-CIFM,  the...

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