World Rainforest Movement

FAO reply received on March 28, 2017

Posted on May 5, 2017

Dear Guadalupe, My name is Guilherme and I’m the coordinator of the Civil Society and Producer Organizations Team in FAO’s Unit of...

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Malaysia: Stop recognising plantations as forests, FAO is told

Posted on Apr 6, 2017

On 21 March 2017, Malaysian NGOs The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) joined worldwide action...

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This non-sense must stop – an animated gif on FAO’s Forest definition

Posted on Mar 14, 2017

We have created this animated gif  showing why the FAO must change its forest definition, to be shared on the social networks. Please feel...

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International Day of the Forests 2017

Posted on Mar 10, 2017

March 21st, has been proclaimed by the FAO as the International Day of Forests. But the FAO forest definition considers a tree monoculture...

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Sign-on letter to the FAO

Posted on Feb 7, 2017

The UN has declared the 21st of March ‘International Day of Forests’. We will use the occasion to remind the FAO that it must...

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Support the letter urging FAO to revise its forest definition!

Posted on Jan 20, 2017

Dear friends, March 21st, the International Day of Forests, is around the corner! As you may recall, on that day we will be sending a...

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How does the FAO Forest definition harm people and forests? An open letter to the FAO

Posted on Sep 21, 2016

This open letter, calling on the FAO to revise its forest definition, will be sent to the FAO next March 21 when the International day of...

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Speaking of water, plantations are not forests

Posted on Mar 23, 2016

Dear friends: On the occasion of March 21st, International Day of Forests, the FAO has launched a spot that addresses the importance of...

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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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Organizations protest against the XIV FAO World Forestry Congress

Posted on Sep 9, 2015

On the occasion of the XIV World Forestry Congress, organized by the FAO in Durban, South Africa, between 7 and 11 September, we, members...

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Tell the United Nations: Plantations are NOT forests!

Posted on Aug 18, 2015

At the UN’s World Forestry Congress in Durban, South Africa, in September, policymakers, industry and others will debate the...

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World Forestry Congress in Africa 2015: More tree monocultures or more forest conservation for Africa?

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

  In September this year, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is organizing the XIV World Forestry...

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Tropical Forestry Action Plan+30: The FAO and the World Bank are at the center of another false solution to the forest crisis: REDD and Climate Smart Agriculture

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

30 years ago, during FAO’s World Forestry Congress in Mexico in June 1985, the Tropical Forestry Action Plan (TFAP) was adopted as...

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While FAO celebrates the International Day of Forests, artificial trees advance: genetically engineered “forests”

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

For several years now the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has celebrated the International Day of Forests on...

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United Nations’ 2015 International Day of Forests. Theme: “Forests / Climate / Change”. What change? 

Posted on Mar 20, 2015

Download as pdf here. Also available in Bahasa The aim of this document is to respond to this year’s campaign for March 21 carried out by...

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This is not sustainable

Posted on Mar 20, 2015

This two-minutes video is a rebuttal of the one-minute video produced by FAO for International Day of Forests. The video aims to challenge...

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

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

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

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Grassroots organizations in France alert the participants of the International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Safety and Nutrition organized by FAO

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

Confédération Paysanne, the French chapter of La Vía Campesina, Friends of the Earth France, and others, reaffirm that peasant...

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The roots of a forest

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

In March 2014, more than 100 organizations from all over the world requested through an open letter that the Food and Agriculture...

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Alliance for the Food Sovereignty of the Peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean

Posted on Jun 10, 2014

The Fourth Special Conference of Social Movements of Latin America and the Caribbean for Food Sovereignty was held on May 2 and 3, 2014,...

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Open letter to FAO on the occasion of the International Day of Forests 2014

Posted on Mar 17, 2014

The United Nations (UN) has declared March 21st as the International Day of Forests. For us a good reason to send once again a letter (see...

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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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Does an International Day of Forests make sense?

Posted on Mar 30, 2013

The UN, under whose auspices many initiatives to halt deforestation have been launched, is adding another to the list: 21 March from 2013...

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Open letter to the UN and its institutions and initiatives related to forest issues

Posted on Mar 1, 2013

On the occasion of March 21st, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly as International Day of the Forests (1), the World Rainforest Movement...

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Brazil: Continued destruction of forests and biodiversity in the state of Acre, considered a model of the “Green Economy” in the Brazilian Amazon

Posted on Oct 30, 2012

  Over the last two decades, the Latin America and Caribbean region has lost 9% of its forest cover, primarily as a result of...

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Posted on Oct 25, 2012

FAO is the Food and Agriculture Organization, a body founded by the United Nations in 1945. It is one of the most important UN...

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Laos: Expansion of rubber plantations – more conflicts with communities

Posted on Sep 30, 2012

With an increasing global demand for natural rubber in the past few years, large-scale rubber plantations in Laos are expanding, causing...

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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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Food sovereignty: social movements got FAO to debate it

Posted on May 30, 2012

Up to now, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has focused on the pursuit of “food security” and...

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At the end of the International Year of Forests, is there anything to celebrate?

Posted on Dec 30, 2011

The United Nations (UN) declared this year, 2011, the International Year of Forests. Now that 2011 is coming to an end, it would be...

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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 and food sovereignty: Voices of the sons and daughters of the forest

Posted on Oct 30, 2011

Food sovereignty, which is centred on local autonomy, local markets and community action, and encompasses issues like agrarian reform,...

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On the International Day of Struggle against Tree Plantations let’s define the forest by its true meaning

Posted on Sep 30, 2011

On September 21st several activities will be coordinated around the world to celebrate the International Day of Struggle against Tree...

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Short animation – Let’s define forests by their true meaning

Posted on Feb 16, 2011

Also available in: Afrikaans, Aymara, Catala, Chinese, Dutch, Finish, German, Bosnian, Italian, Maori, Mapuche, Maya Kaqchikel, Maya...

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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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How FAO helps greenwash the timber industry’s greenhouse gas emissions

Posted on Aug 30, 2010

Faced with greenhouse gas emissions at every stage of the production chain, the timber industry has a choice. It could look at reducing...

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The FAO insists: monoculture tree plantations are forests!

Posted on Jul 29, 2010

The FAO insists on the increasingly difficult mission of defining tree plantations as “planted forests.” Its latest contribution to...

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FAO and WWF: birds of a feather promote “planted forests” together

Posted on Apr 29, 2010

According to the FAO, halting deforestation is neither a political nor a social nor an environmental issue: it is just a matter of...

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Hiding monoculture oil palm plantations under a business-friendly “forest” definition

Posted on Feb 27, 2010

An article published on the website (1) informs that “a draft commission communication offering guidance to EU member...

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What is behind the term “Planted Forests”

Posted on Jan 30, 2010

The term “planted forests” was coined by FAO with the aim of placing tree plantations on the same level as forests. Gradually it has...

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Greenwashing the green desert in Copenhagen

Posted on Nov 29, 2009

It seems increasingly likely that no binding deal will come out of Copenhagen and that the North will attempt to scrap the Kyoto Protocol....

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Myth No. 1: Tree plantations are “planted forests”

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

Plantations are forests in uniform. They look like soldiers all lined up in ranks, and that is what they are. Dressed in green, they march...

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The FAO has no time to be “distracted” from its mission of promoting plantations

Posted on Apr 29, 2009

The FAO has recently released the 2009 edition of its “State of the World’s Forests” which, as usual, includes tree plantations as...

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Wilful ignorance: FAO and industrial tree plantations

Posted on Apr 29, 2009

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation has long worked on behalf of the plantation industry. One of FAO’s strategies to support the...

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WRM meets with FAO in Rome to present a foresters’ statement questioning the definition of monoculture tree plantations as forests

Posted on Sep 22, 2008

Press Release –  Rome, 22 September 2008. Representing the World Rainforest Movement, Raquel Núñez met today in Rome with FAO...

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Plantations are NOT forests

Posted on Oct 9, 2003

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

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