World Rainforest Movement

FERONIA in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Harassment, violence and oppression

Posted on Sep 21, 2017

Oil palm plantations managed by the Canadian-based agribusiness company FERONIA Inc have been opposed by local residents ever since they...

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Eucalyptus and silent poisons: The expansion of plantations in the southernmost part of Bahia, Brazil

Posted on Sep 21, 2017

Photo: CEPEDES The process of territorial transformation in the southernmost part of Bahia is closely intertwined with agriculture in...

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SOCFIN’s plantations in Africa: many places of violence and destruction

Posted on Sep 21, 2017

Photo: SOCFIN In 2016, the multinational agro-industrial SOCFIN Group – controlled by the Belgian Fabri family (50.2 per cent of the...

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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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Industrial teak tree plantations in Ecuador: occupying and destroying fertile lands and water sources

Posted on Sep 21, 2017

Photo: Acción Ecológica Teak is a native tree from Southeast Asia, and it played an important role in colonialism in that region....

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Republic of Congo: “ATAMA Plantations is today a source of discontent for local communities and the entire nation”

Posted on Sep 21, 2017

Photo: OCDH In 2013, Wah Seong Berhad, a Malaysian company with no prior experience on palm oil, announced its decision to invest US 744...

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Argentina: New law promotes tree plantations in Cordoba Province

Posted on Sep 21, 2017

Photo: Ecos Córdoba. Located in the central region of Argentina, Cordoba is one of the five largest provinces in the country. Between...

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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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The European Investment Bank: Africa’s discreet mining financier

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

The Ambatovy mine, a massive operation of eight billion US-dollars (in today’s value), is designed to extract nickel and cobalt from...

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“The New Colonialism: Britain’s scramble for Africa’s energy and mineral resources”

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

This report from the organization “War on Want” reveals the degree to which British companies control Africa’s key mineral resources,...

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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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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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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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Oilwatch: New Frontiers of Energy Extraction in Latin America  

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

Focused on what are called “extreme energies,” an Oilwatch report brings together ten articles that discuss and challenge...

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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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India: Odisha government must not ignore forest rights claims on POSCO project site  

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

The Odisha government gave more than 800 hectares of land to the South Korean steel giant POSCO for building a power plant, jeopardizing...

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Agua Zarca in Honduras: The Banks’ Trap  

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

Since 2013, the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) has demanded the withdrawal of the banks—FMO...

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Call for action: Help activists stop large-scale logging of Europe’s last lowlands forest    

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

After years of efforts to limit the scale of logging and increase the amount of protected areas in the Białowieża Forest, Poland, the...

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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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Crisis and oil depletion in Venezuela: Mega-mining and new frontiers of extraction

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

Venezuela is well known for being one of the main oil exporters in the world, and now also because of the major crisis it is currently...

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Chile: Rebuilding productive resistance after the forest fires

Posted on Jul 7, 2017

At the beginning of 2017, the south central region of Chile suffered a wave of fires that lasted for several weeks and affected around...

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Water and Pulp: The North’s Thirst and the South’s Resistance

Posted on May 15, 2017

About fifty years ago, Aracruz Celulose, now called Fibria, replaced original Atlantic Forest with the first fast-growing eucalyptus...

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Manufactured demand: The policy drivers behind the relentless growth of palm oil

Posted on May 15, 2017

In Indonesia, the world’s biggest palm oil producer, oil palm plantations expanded ten-fold between 1985 and 2005/06, to 6.4 million...

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Meat & markets: pushing industrial meat everywhere

Posted on May 15, 2017

Meat consumption is soaring in many places of the world. If current trends continue global meat consumption will grow a further 76 per...

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Laundering illegal timber: How tropical wood stolen through land grab makes its way to the furniture store

Posted on May 15, 2017

In 2013, with 3.1 million cubic meters of tropical wood exported, primarily to China, Papua New Guinea (PNG) became in recent years the...

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“Green” oil palm plantations are a scam: The case of OLAM

Posted on May 15, 2017

How do major oil palm companies manage to get their palm oil sold as a “green”, “sustainable” and “climate-friendly” product...

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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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Petición de cancelación al modelo extractivo minero en Panamá

Posted on Apr 20, 2017

Firma esta petición 1. Transcurrida más de una década, a partir de las impositivas medidas neoliberales en nuestro país, las...

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Video by Save our River, Save our Life on the threats of gold mining to the Tanintharyi River in Myanmar

Posted on Apr 6, 2017

“Water is life. If we don’t protect the Tanintharyi River, the lives and livelihood of local villagers who depend on the river...

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Report: Grow-ing disaster: the Fortune 500 goes farming

Posted on Apr 6, 2017

The world’s largest agribusiness corporations are rolling out a public-private partnership programme to take control of food and...

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Report: Signing Away Sovereignty: How Investment Agreements Threaten Regulation of the Mining Industry in the Philippines

Posted on Apr 6, 2017

In the last decade, the Philippines has bet heavily on the mining industry, with 47 large-scale mines in operation and growing evidence of...

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French Guyana: The French government is quietly promoting the industrialization of gold mining in French Guyana

Posted on Apr 6, 2017

If the project goes ahead, the Montagne d’Or project, scheduled to start mining in 2018, would become the largest gold mine on French...

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Indonesia: Protests on Java against forest destruction by the expanding cement industry

Posted on Apr 4, 2017

In Indonesia, resistance against the cement production complex of the Indonesian company Semen Indonesia which willl destroy the Kendeng...

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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 Conflicts in Thailand: State vs. People

Posted on Apr 4, 2017

  Thailand’s modern forest politics has had many phases. In the 19th century, the British began logging the country for teak....

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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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Fighting the Curse of Concessions in Cambodia

Posted on Apr 4, 2017

  The Pheapimex group is well known in Cambodia and abroad for large-scale investment deals that permit it unconstrained access to...

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Malaysia: Indigenous groups from around the globe discuss anti-dam struggles

Posted on Apr 3, 2017

  In December 2015, indigenous peoples in Sarawak, Malaysia, celebrated a major victory: the state government announced a moratorium and,...

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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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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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Madagascar: Citizens’ protests put Soamahamanina mining project on hold

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

Five villagers arbitrarily arrested in September 2016 during protests against a Jiuxing Mines gold mining project located 70km west of the...

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Oilwatch’s Call for a De-petroleum-ized Habitat

Posted on Oct 26, 2016

The General Assembly of Oilwatch, which is celebrating its 20 years of existence, and met in Quito in the framework of the Social Forum...

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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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India: Support forest dependent communities against plantations expansion!

Posted on Sep 20, 2016

WRM together with the All India Forum of Forest Movements, and the Campaign for Survival and Dignity are mobilizing against the CAF Act...

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India: The Parliament violates forest people’s rights and promotes further plantations

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

The Indian Parliament approved this July a passage from the Compensatory Afforestation Fund, better known as CAMPA Bill, which seeks to...

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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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Protect Liberia’s unique forest heritage!

Posted on Jul 15, 2016

Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL), a palm oil company, holds hundreds of thousands hectares of land as an agricultural concession. GVL is now...

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Agribusiness, a step towards increased food dependency in Africa

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

The village of Yalifombo, on the banks of the Congo River in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), was an essentially agricultural...

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Infrastructure, development and natural resources in Africa: A few examples from Cameroon

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

(*) In a world characterized by sluggish economic growth, Africa is often presented as the continent of the future, with average growth of...

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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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Rio Tinto in Madagascar: A mine destroying the unique biodiversity of the littoral zone of Fort Dauphin

Posted on Jun 21, 2016

Representatives from the world’s most notorious mining companies are meeting at the ‘Responsible Extractives Summit’ in...

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New report: Rio Tinto’s biodiversity offset in Madagascar

Posted on Apr 14, 2016

On the occasion of the Rio Tinto AGM on 14 April 2016 in London, Re:Common and the World Rainforest Movement, in collaboration with...

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Agrarian reform in reverse in Asia: new laws grab land from farmers

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

A report by the NGO GRAIN shows how governments throughout Asia are quietly enacting a host of legislative changes that eliminate the few...

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“New forests for Africa”:  A nice slogan for promoting industrial tree plantations?

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

  A conference called “Forests for the Future: New Forests for Africa” has taken place on March 16 and 17 in Ghana (1). A...

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Forests to the highest bidder in Nigeria: how REDD proves unable to stop deforestation

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

The rainforests of Cross River State, southeast of Nigeria, have been recognised for many years as being globally important for their...

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India: annulling rights to allow mining

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

On 8 January 2016, the Government of Chhattisgarh (GoC), India, passed an order cancelling the rights of the villagers of Ghatbara over a...

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Please take action: Stop the destruction of the Ekuri people’s ancestral rainforest in Nigeria

Posted on Feb 29, 2016

Dear friends, We need your urgent support. The Ekuri People’s ancestral land in Nigeria is under threat. The people of Ekuri live in...

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Press Release of the Latin American Network against Monoculture Tree Plantations, in solidarity with the peoples of Nueva Concepción, Escuintla in their struggle for the liberation of the Madre Vieja River

Posted on Feb 16, 2016

On February 9th and 11th, 2016, over 200 residents of Nueva Concepción, Escuintla, Guatemala, held an action that was historic for their...

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Destructive biofuels and wood-based biomass out of next Renewable Energy Directive say 120 organisations to EU renewables consultation

Posted on Feb 11, 2016

Press Release.  10th February 2016 – 120 civil society organisations and networks from across the globe have published a declaration...

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From the loss of fish to climate change: A look into the recent dam movement in the Mekong Region  

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

“The dams built on the Mekong mainstream and other rivers in the region have resulted in severe changes in the Mekong’s ecosystems,...

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Brazil: The monoculture eucalyptus company, Veracel Celulosa, is trying to evict indigenous Pataxó from their land

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

The Pataxós of Nueva Esperanza village—in the municipality of Itamarajú in the southern tip of Bahía state—are under threat of...

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Forest fires in Indonesia: Why is the media looking away?

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

An article from “The Guardian” highlights how despite fire raging across over 5,000 km in Indonesia, the media “dominated by...

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Keep fossil fuels in the ground: a declaration for the health of Mother Earth

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

A declaration to be launched during the UN climate negotiations aims to draw attention to the need to keep fossil fuels in the ground and...

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Brazil: a mining-induced ecological and social disaster – How much longer?

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

On November 5th, one of the largest environmental disasters in the history of Brazil occurred.  Two dams operated by mining company...

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Corridors of Resistance: Stopping oil and gas pipelines

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The Unist’ot’en camp in North-Western British Colombia, Canada, has since 2011 been maintaining a check-point to control access through...

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India: Appeal to the government and the UN on indigenous forest communities’ rights

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The Indian government is producing many proposals to make more profit from the country’s forests. These include wider application of...

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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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Malaysia: Indigenous groups from around the globe adopt anti-dam declaration

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

Indigenous peoples fighting the construction of dams in many parts of the world stand in solidarity with the second year anniversary of...

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Banking on biodiversity in Sabah, Malaysia

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The trade in biodiversity credits has been positioned as a solution to the problem of biodiversity loss (especially orang-utan habitat) in...

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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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Declaration: Large-scale bioenergy must be excluded from the renewable energy definition

Posted on Nov 20, 2015

  We, the signatories of this declaration, are calling on the European Union (EU) to exclude bioenergy from its next Renewable Energy...

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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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Together, we can cool the planet!

Posted on Nov 10, 2015

A new video by La Vía Campesina and GRAIN is part of a campaign to highlight the key role of the industrialized food system to the climate...

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Civil Society says NO to “Climate Smart Agriculture”

Posted on Nov 10, 2015

An international statement signed by over 250 organizations and movements from around the world expresses deep concerns about the growing...

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Corporate smart agriculture

Posted on Nov 9, 2015

  As the UN climate negotiations in December approach, there’s only one major intergovernmental initiative on climate and...

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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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Trade deals, agribusiness and the climate crisis

Posted on Nov 9, 2015

  The climate talks in Paris in December this year are viewed as a last chance for the world’s governments to commit to binding...

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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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International petition to save the malagasy farmers and local communities against new threats to their lands

Posted on Oct 16, 2015

The platform SIF and Collective TANY call on the Malagasy public opinion and all citizens worldwide to sign a petition to urge the...

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Let’s save malagasy farmers against new threats to their lands

Posted on Oct 16, 2015

  Ladies and gentlemen, The Platform of the Actors on Land – SIF – and the Collective for the Defense of Malagasy Lands – TANY...

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Moratorium on the Baram Dam in Sarawak, Malaysia, approved!

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

After two years of blocking all work on the proposed Baram Dam in Sarawak, Malaysia, the indigenous peoples have scored a major victory:...

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Brazil: Rising profits do not prevent layoffs: Fibria Celulosa in Mato Grosso do Sul

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

On August 25, 2015, employees of the Fibria Company in Tres Lagunas, Mato Grosso do Sul, made public the recent layoffs made by the company...

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Save the Mekong Rivers!

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

 Rivers Coalition in Cambodia (RCC) together with national and international organizations, insist to immediately stop all activities...

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Forests under siege: Liberia may intensify forest destruction

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

“The world’s forests remain under threat from illegal logging… Illegal logging perpetuates corruption, undermines livelihoods, fuels...

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West Papua Oil Palm Atlas: The companies behind the plantation explosion

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

During the last few decades, Indonesia’s oil palm industry has been growing rapidly, but with the vast majority of this expansion on the...

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Brazil– mining company VALE promoting oil palm in Pará: Impacts of the “green economy”

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

In the 19th century, the region around Belém, capital of the Amazon State of Pará, Brazil, witnessed the so-called...

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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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Mekong governments: Listen to the people! – Statement to sign-on

Posted on Oct 1, 2015

Dear friends, Local communities in the Mekong region in Southeast Asia, who depend on the Mekong river and numerous other rivers and lakes...

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Indonesia’s Forest Law criminalizes Indigenous and local communities

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

Hundreds of people are detained in Indonesia for having claimed their rights on their land, forests and other resources while resisting...

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