World Rainforest Movement

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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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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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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The global biomass robbery

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

A new report by EJOLT, an alliance of academic and activist groups struggling for environmental justice, analyses the increasing global...

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Beware the bioeconomy

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

    Just a few years ago forestry giant Weyerhauser, a US-based logging company, began running a series of intriguing adverts in...

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EU support for wood-based ‘bioenergy’ fuels forest destruction and land-grabbing

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

    Back in 2009, the European Union agreed on a 20% renewable energy target by 2020. Most of the target is expected to be met...

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Plants designed for deconstruction? The use of wood cellulose for fuels

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

  Globally, many people rely on wood as fuel for cooking and heating, but increasingly, commercial and industrial interests are also...

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10th Anniversary of the International Day of Struggle against Monoculture Plantations

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

Dismantle the power of transnational plantation corporations! There is no “smart monoculture”: Support the People’s Climate...

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Nuevas tendencias en la expansión de los monocultivos industriales de árboles en América Latina

Posted on Sep 23, 2014

Only available in Spanish and Portuguese. Download here the full document in pdf format in Spanish or in Portuguese Documento informativo...

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Actions in Africa against dirty energy – Calabar Declaration against the expansion of oil palm monocultures

Posted on Dec 3, 2013

The No REDD in Africa Network (NRAN) initiated the “Week of Action Against False Solutions”, from October 28 to November 4. The action,...

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Eucalyptus Plantations for Energy: A Case Study of Suzano’s plantations for wood pellet exports in the Baixo Parnaíba region, Maranhão, Brazil

Posted on Nov 7, 2013

Also available in Portuguese. This is the first documented case of a land-grab in Brazil for biomass destined for power stations in the UK....

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Biomass: The Chain of Destruction

Posted on Nov 7, 2013

Biofuelwatch has released a new report, Biomass: The Chain of Destruction. It explores the global impacts of the UK’s biomass boom,...

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Public Meeting: A Burning Issue – biomass and its impacts on forests and communities

Posted on Oct 9, 2013

Tuesday, 29th October 2013 at 7pm. Speakers from Brazil and the US will present first-hand experience of the impacts of the UK’s biomass...

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Open Letter: The Committee on World Food Security must not allow itself to be captured by biofuels interest groups

Posted on Oct 8, 2013

The 40th session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), which will meet from 7th to 11th October, will be discussing...

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Open letter on EU biofuels policy

Posted on Jun 30, 2013

More than 100 organisations (including a number of coalitions representing many more groups) signed up to an Open Letter to EU decision...

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The Dark Side of the Green – VIDEO

Posted on Mar 30, 2013

A movie of An BACCAERT, Nico MUÑOZ and Cristiano NAVARRO (Directors) Production of Directors – 2011 32 ‘ In the south region...

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Tree plantations in the South to generate energy in the North: A new threat to communities and forests

Posted on Mar 9, 2013

Apparently out of concern over climate change and the urgent need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions produced by the burning of fossil...

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Land grabbing for biofuels must stop

Posted on Feb 28, 2013

“Land grabbing for biofuels must stop”, a new report from GRAIN...

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The new trend: Large-scale bioenergy production from wood biomass

Posted on Jan 30, 2013

In this issue of the WRM Bulletin we analyze the large-scale generation of energy from wood biomass. This is a new trend which,...

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Biomass and Bioenergy

Posted on Jan 30, 2013

Biomass is the oldest energy source used by humans. It is found in abundance in almost every part of the planet and today, more than two...

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Energy Plantations

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

These are large-scale tree plantations aimed at the production of timber for energy generation, for example eucalyptus for charcoal...

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Energy plantations: Another huge new threat to our planet

Posted on Sep 30, 2012

Problems arising from the social and environmental impacts caused by industrial timber and pulpwood plantations have been well documented...

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South Africa: How Green is my Power?

Posted on Sep 30, 2012

Sappi Limited, South African producer of pulp and paper, plans the construction of a biomass combustion plant at Ngodwana Mill, Mpumalanga....

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Brazil: The fast expansion of oil palm in the Amazon region

Posted on Sep 30, 2012

The area planted with oil palm trees in Brazil used to be relatively small as compared to other countries producing this plant in Latin...

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Nothing Neutral Here: Large-scale biomass subsidies in the UK and the role of the EU ETS

Posted on Aug 30, 2012

A Carbon Trade Watch report that links the demand for biomass in the UK, the role of the EU’s Emissions Trading System and the...

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Sustainable Energy for All – or another scheme to increase energy corporation profits?

Posted on Jun 30, 2012

Sustainable Energy for All (SEFA) is an initiative launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in October 2011 and which has been gaining...

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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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Genetically engineered eucalyptus plantations: And then there were four…

Posted on May 30, 2012

Several months ago (see WRM Bulletin 172) we reported on the plans of Suzano Papel e Celulose S. A. – the world’s second largest pulp...

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The green economy and labour: Will “green jobs” protect workers’ health and safety?

Posted on May 30, 2012

According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), an estimated 160 million people suffer from work-related diseases, 270 million...

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Mozambique: Monoculture tree plantation projects foster land grabbing, threaten food security

Posted on Apr 30, 2012

The interest of foreign investors in natural resources, and especially land, has grown significantly in recent years throughout Africa, and...

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Climate change, supposedly renewable energy and biomass

Posted on Nov 30, 2011

Since time immemorial, human beings have used biomass to produce energy in a sustainable way. In the meantime, industrialization is...

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Liberia: The case of Vattenfall – African timber to save the climate in Germany?

Posted on Nov 30, 2011

The Swedish state-owned multinational Vattenfall is Europe’s fifth largest energy producer. Its affiliate Vattenfall Europe, based in...

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The new trend of biomass plantations in Brazil: tree monocultures

Posted on Nov 30, 2011

A new expansion cycle: carbon and biomass plantations Within the context of Brazil’s efforts to be a global economic power, a report...

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Some hints on tree plantations

Posted on Sep 30, 2011

We live in times of warming. Perhaps the climate is the most obvious expression of an economic acceleration that has warmed up its engines,...

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Agrocombustibles: Energía que extingue a la Pachamama

Posted on Sep 29, 2011

Only available in Spanish – Por Elizabeth Bravo y Nathalia Bonilla. Las nuevas políticas de agrocombustibles en el Ecuador...

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Women and Climate Change

Posted on Dec 29, 2010

Produced by Gender CC, Women for Climate Justice , with the support of the WRM International Secretariat Directed by Flavio Pazos Voice:...

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Under the fancy name of “biochar”

Posted on Nov 29, 2009

Some jugglers of the climate circus are tossing up charcoal to catch it again but now with a fancy name. The proposal of turning residues...

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Agrofuels in the Americas

Posted on Nov 29, 2009

Edited by Richard Jonasse, PhD. Institute for Food and Development Policy, 2009 Download as...

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The “benefits” of tree plantations: shattering the myths

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

International Day against Monoculture Tree Plantations is a good opportunity to expose the myths being spread around about the so-called...

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Myth No. 9: Oil palm plantations help mitigate climate change through the production of agrodiesel

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

The expansion of oil palm plantations usually takes place at the expense of transforming natural ecosystems, particularly tropical...

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Myth No. 10: Timber plantations help to address climate change through the production of ethanol.

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

For those readers of the WRM bulletin who do not know this by now, the Southern US is the largest paper producing region in the world. Over...

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Myth No. 15: Planting trees to produce biochar can help to mitigate climate change

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

A coalition of start up companies, consultants and some soil scientists is promoting a new ‘solution’ for climate change: Large...

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

Posted on Aug 30, 2009

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

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Charcoal disguised as “biochar” sold as another profitable climate tech-fix

Posted on Jan 30, 2009

According to a growing, vocal and very well-connected group of scientists, entrepreneurs and lobbyists, the best if not the only way of...

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Ethanol from cellulose: A technology that could spell disaster

Posted on Dec 15, 2008

Switching from fossil to alternative liquid fuels would appear to be a good idea, particularly in the context of climate change. Such is...

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Don’t Log the Forests for the Fuel

Posted on Oct 20, 2008

A Position Paper on the Potential Environmental and Economic Impacts of the Cellulosic Ethanol Industry in the Southern United States. By...

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Agrofuels and the Myth of the Marginal Lands

Posted on Sep 29, 2008

A briefing by The Gaia Foundation, Biofuelwatch, the African Biodiversity Network, Salva La Selva, Watch Indonesia and...

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Biofuel land grabbing in Northern Ghana

Posted on Aug 30, 2008

By Bakari Nyari, Vice Chairman of Regional Advisory and Information Network Systems (RAINS), Ghana and African Biodiversity Network...

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Civil society demands responsible decisions with regard of agrofuels, transgenic trees and the technology Terminator.

Posted on May 19, 2008

Press release –  Two open letters addressed to the delegations taking part in MOP and COP The 9th Conference of the Parties of the...

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Letter from the NGOs to the MOP 4 of the COP 9 of the CBD

Posted on May 19, 2008

To the Official Delegations of the IV Meeting of the Parties of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (MOP-4) and IX Conference of the...

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Open letter to the members of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

Posted on May 19, 2008

 The ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 9) of the Convention of Biological Diversity is taking place in Bonn, Germany,...

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Apart from used chip fat, there is no such thing as a sustainable biofuel

Posted on Feb 20, 2008

Even capitalists now admit the oil crisis is real. But their solutions border on lunacy as they avoid the obvious answer By George Monbiot,...

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The Geopolitics of Agrofuels

Posted on Sep 30, 2007

Position Paper of the Global South on Food Sovereignty, Energy Sovereignty and the transition towards a post-oil society.  Quito,...

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The Dark Side of Agrofuels: Horror in the “Brazilian California”

Posted on Jul 23, 2007

By Raúl Zibechi. Source: Programa de las Américas – www.ircamericas.org Brazil is staking its claim as a great emerging power...

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Large Alliance of NGOs and Indigenous Peoples Calls for Ban on Genetically Modified Trees for Biofuels

Posted on Jul 4, 2007

Paris, France, July 4th 2007 — Over 50 Indigenous Peoples Organizations and Non-Governmental Organizations involved in meetings...

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Agrofuels – Towards a reality check in nine key areas

Posted on Jun 30, 2007

By Various Organizations, June 2007 Foreword This paper has been published on the occasion of the twelfth meeting of the Subsidiary Body...

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Food security, poor farmers, and environmental impact are not often discussed when talking about bio-fuels

Posted on Mar 30, 2007

By Daniel Cassol, March 2007 – MST Informa – Revista Sem Terra (Ed. 38) The discussion around clean, renewable energy...

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Noticias del Cambio Climático, Nº 2 – Edited by Entrepueblos

Posted on Mar 30, 2007

  Only available in Spanish –  Durante más de una década los políticos y científicos al servicio de las grandes...

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Open letter: Palm Oil for Biofuels Increases Social Conflicts and Undermines Land Reform in Indonesia

Posted on Jan 26, 2007

Open letter to the European Parliament, the European Commission, the governments and citizens of the European Union Sawit Watch. Bogor, 26...

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Biofuels: A Disaster in the Making

Posted on Nov 1, 2006

Call to immediately suspend forms of support for the import and export of biofuels – November 2006. The undersigned NGOs, Indigenous...

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Oil Palm. From Cosmetics to Biodiesel, Colonization Lives On

Posted on Sep 22, 2006

Selection of articles published in the monthly electronic bulletin of the World Rainforest Movement, addressing the impacts of the oil palm...

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