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International declaration denounces ICAO offset plan

Posted on Sep 27, 2016

September 27, 2016 Aviation is one of the industries with the fastest growing emissions: Their own industry association expects emissions...

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No aviation growth! No false climate solutions!

Posted on Jun 16, 2016

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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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Rio Tinto’s biodiversity offset in Madagascar – Double landgrab in the name of biodiversity?

Posted on Apr 13, 2016

A field report by WRM and Re:Common Also available in MalagasyIn recent years mining companies have become actively engaged in...

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Aviation industry’s offset plans distracts from urgent need to reduce emissions, say environmental NGOs

Posted on Apr 4, 2016

4th April, Brussels – As member countries of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the United Nations’ specialised...

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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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Aviation industry plan to offset emissions is serious distraction from need to reduce emissions from the sector

Posted on Mar 23, 2016

International Civil Society Statement.  This statement is open for sign-ons until the 1st April from organisations. It will be released...

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The “Green Economy”: giving immunity to criminals

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

“The goal is to transform environmental legislation into tradeable instruments” Pedro Moura, founder of Ecosecurities, a carbon...

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Environmental regulation in the Green Economy: Changed to facilitate destruction

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

  In 2011, the State of Biodiversity Markets report, published by the pro-markets group Forest Trends, identified 45 biodiversity...

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Corporate peace and the Green Economy in Colombia

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

The current situation in Colombia can be understood as a historic opportunity to try to overcome decades of armed, social and political...

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Destructive companies “creating more biodiversity”?

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

As we have already argued in previous bulletins, it is absurd to accept the idea that companies can freely destroy an area—for example...

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What “rights” are defended in the Paris Agreement and in the plans with false solutions to the climate crisis?

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

There are many analyses of the Paris Agreement and the reasons why it is a disaster for the climate. One critique is that it does not...

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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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Compilation of 2015 WRM’s Bulletin articles on the “Economy with Nature”

Posted on Nov 26, 2015

For decades, governments and intergovernmental agencies like the UN or the World Bank have been busy finding ways to allow the flow of...

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COP 21 of the Climate Change Convention – Paris 2015

Posted on Nov 24, 2015

The 21st Conference of Parties of the Convention about the issue of Climate Changes will take place in Paris, France, between 30 November...

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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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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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Financialized capital and palm oil corporations

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

The surging global demand for palm oil has produced windfall profits for the industry and turned oil palm plantations into hot targets for...

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What do the criticism of the Pope’s encyclical by carbon market and REDD proponents reveal?

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

The new Pope Francis’ “Laudato Sí” encyclical addressing the ecological crisis, particularly the climate crisis, has been...

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Financialisation of water: what is it all about?

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

In the past few years, mechanisms aimed to transform fundamental natural components of commons (biodiversity, land, water, forests and...

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Brazil – Profiting more from doing the same: The financialization of Fibria’s eucalyptus monocultures

Posted on May 6, 2015

A piece of news circulating in Brazil in 2013 appeared odd at first glance: Fibria, one of the world’s largest producers of pulp...

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Radio Mundo Real video: “Financialization of Nature”

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

The video by Radio Mundo Real on Financialization of Nature was produced in collaboration with the Biodiversity Alliance, Friends of the...

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Trading communal rights in Gabon: The ‘Sustainable Development’ Law

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

The government of Gabon adopted a new ‘Sustainable Development’ Law in August 2014. This Law is the first that introduces credits not...

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Safeguarding Investment: Safeguards for REDD+, women and indigenous peoples

Posted on Mar 10, 2015

The meaning of the term “safeguards” depends on who uses it and in what context. It may imply positive action in terms of human rights...

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Documentary: “Banking Nature”

Posted on Mar 4, 2015

What is nature worth? How much profit can it report? At a time when biodiversity is critically threatened, this documentary reveals how...

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Enclosing territories for financial profit

Posted on Feb 23, 2015

Private and state enclosures of lands, forests and water are not new phenomena. Much of what grows on land, what is grown by humans on...

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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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Why are women fighting against extractivism and climate change?

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

It is obvious that capitalism feeds on and is sustained by the exploitation of workers, women, indigenous peoples and nature. And, while...

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What is the biggest REDD+ contradiction?

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

  For almost ten years, a group of banks, corporations, governments and NGOs have been attempting to show the world that REDD+ is a...

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Jornal Porantim – CIMI Bulletin Special Edition on Financialization of Nature

Posted on Dec 8, 2014

Only available in Portuguese. A financeirização da natureza significa o aprofundamento radical do capitalismo e, ao mesmo tempo,...

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Two-years research into business links of the NGO WWF in all corners of the world uncover the true face of the panda

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

The Silence of the Pandas became a German bestseller in 2012. A series of injunctions and court cases launched by WWF delayed publication...

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REDD moves from forests to landscapes: More of the same, just bigger and with bigger risk to cause harm

Posted on Sep 27, 2014

Text: Jutta Kill Published in September 2014 (previously as an article of the monthly electronic bulletin of WRM of July 2014) Also...

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“Blue Carbon” and “Blue REDD”: Transforming coastal ecosystems into merchandise

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

Also available in Bahasa – Translated by KIARA Text: Winfridus Overbeek Photos: Redmanglar Internacional, Kiara, CPP,...

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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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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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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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The So-Called “Green” Economy: the Last Looting Frontier

Posted on Aug 5, 2014

By OtrosMundos Chiapas. The so-called “Green Economy” is a new area of business. It is called “Green” not because it is good for...

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The social pre-summiton climate in Venezuela rejected the false solutions to climate change

Posted on Aug 5, 2014

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela called on movements and social organizations from around the globe to gather in the Margarita Island,...

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“Blue Carbon” and “Blue REDD”: Transforming coastal ecosystems into merchandise

Posted on Aug 4, 2014

  (*) “Marine and coastal territories” is used here to refer to territories that include mangrove forests and their area of influence,...

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REDD moves from forests to landscapes: More of the same, just bigger and with bigger risk to cause harm

Posted on Aug 4, 2014

In the late 1980s, the FAO and the World Bank launched their first large programme to halt forest loss. It was called Tropical Forestry...

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“Climate Smart Agriculture” – The Commodification of soils in the Global South

Posted on Aug 4, 2014

In March this year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), an international scientific body tasked with the responsibility...

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Energy, Work and Finance

Posted on Jul 4, 2014

The Corner House. This report argues that those looking to achieve a greener and more democratic energy future, should see energy and...

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Trade in Ecosystem Services. When payment for environmental services delivers a permit to destroy

Posted on Apr 29, 2014

This new publication looks at the concept of ‘Payment for Environmental Services’ in its current cloths; examines some of the claims made by those who argue that putting a price on Nature is the only way to save Nature

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Women and growing mercantilization

Posted on Apr 5, 2014

Today, many big companies have programmes aimed at emphasizing the equality of opportunities offered to women. These are companies that are...

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Stop the takeover of nature by financial markets – VIDEO

Posted on Feb 5, 2014

A short animated film about the takeover of nature by financial markets and the real alternatives coming up from civil society. An...

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PES turns into Permission for Environmental Shattering

Posted on Feb 5, 2014

Content of this article:Introduction– Box: What is being traded in ‘Ecosystem Service’ Markets?From PES to ‘offset’...

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“Sustainable Forest Landscapes”: A new frontier for the commodification of nature

Posted on Feb 5, 2014

In this first issue of 2014, we once again address the subject of “environmental services”. In a previous WRM bulletin on the same...

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Biodiversity offsetting in practice

Posted on Feb 5, 2014

FERN Briefing that describes “how biodiversity offset schemes have fared so far and shows that the picture is far from rosy”. With...

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Green Economy: Commoditization of the Commons

Posted on Feb 5, 2014

Article from IATP explains the connection between the Green Economy and PES trading related to water. Available at:...

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Nature is not for Sale! Respect communities’ rights. Stop the takeover of nature by finance!

Posted on Feb 5, 2014

Leaflet produced by Les Amis de la Terre France that shows why making nature, ecosystems and water tradable will not solve our current...

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Leyes, políticas y economía verde al servicio del despojo de los pueblos

Posted on Jan 20, 2014

Only available in Spanish. The Alianza Biodiversidad, Friends of the Earth Latin America and the Caribbean (ATALC) and World Rainforest...

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Demands increase for international mechanisms to punish transnational corporations’ crimes

Posted on Dec 4, 2013

International Peoples Treaty: “Defending peoples’ rights against corporate power”.  For immediate release – 3...

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Over 100 organisations call for an end to biodiversity offsetting plans

Posted on Nov 21, 2013

  This press release coincides with the opening of the World Forum on Natural Capital www.naturalcapitalforum.com in Edinburgh. To...

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Special section on COP 19 of the Climate Change Convention

Posted on Nov 7, 2013

The 19th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC and the 9th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting...

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Statement open for signatures: No to Biodiversity Offsetting!

Posted on Nov 6, 2013

This statement is open for signatures from organizations, groups, networks, associations, collectives! To sign up please send an email to:...

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El sector financiero está tomando los bosques y la biodiversidad – Posición de Amigos de la Tierra Internacional rumbo al 21 de setiembre

Posted on Sep 15, 2013

Only available in Spanish – Por Isaac Rojas y Lúcia Ortiz, Amigos de la Tierra Internacional. No todos saben que nosotros...

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Norwich Declaration on Environmental Justice

Posted on Jul 17, 2013

Money can’t buy environmental justice This declaration emerged from a workshop held at the university of East Anglia in Norwich, England...

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Old and new investors behind the expansion of industrial tree plantations

Posted on Jun 30, 2013

The expansion of large-scale monoculture tree plantations in the global South dates back to the 20th century, becoming particularly marked...

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“Paper Dragons”: Timber Plantation Corporations and Creditors in Indonesia

Posted on Jun 30, 2013

The emergence of “Paper Dragons” In Indonesia’s business terms, the word ‘dragon’ is a symbol of success and...

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Uruguay: New funds for industrial tree plantations

Posted on Jun 30, 2013

t was recently reported that the pulp and paper consortium Montes del Plata, a joint venture between Swedish-Finnish forestry giant Stora...

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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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Convention on Biological Diversity: Opening the way for financial markets

Posted on Oct 30, 2012

The 11th meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) took place October 8-19 in...

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La Via Campesina at the CDB: “Keep biodiversity public”

Posted on Oct 30, 2012

La Via Campesina (LVC), the global peasants movement, have been watching the CBD discussions and in a press release asserted that...

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The two faces of tropical forest destruction in Latin America and the Caribbean: Revelations of the “green economy” in Acre, Brazil

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

By Elder Andrade de Paula On the eve of another world conference on the environment – Rio+20 – which places emphasis on the climate...

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Financialization of Nature

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

By “financialization of nature” we mean the process by which speculative capital takes control of the goods and components of nature,...

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Monoculture tree plantations in the financial market

Posted on Sep 30, 2012

Today, speculative financial markets have gained increasing power over the economy and life, in a response to the capitalist crisis that...

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Alert call against financialization of Nature

Posted on Sep 21, 2012

Press release – International Day Against Monoculture Tree Plantations. An open letter (see here) by organizations and activists...

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Open Letter to National Governments regarding the September 21st, International Day of Struggle against Monoculture Tree Plantations

Posted on Sep 5, 2012

Humankind faces an environmental, economic, and climate crisis that poses a threat to its survival. Destruction of ecosystems endangers not...

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International Day of Struggle against Monoculture Tree Plantations 2012

Posted on Sep 1, 2012

September 21, the International Day Against Monoculture Tree Plantations, is a day for our organizations, networks and movements to...

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Growing speculation: From the appropriation and commodification to the financialization of nature

Posted on Aug 30, 2012

  Finan-what? The term “financialization” may sound overly complex and academic, or perhaps even made up. It could lead some...

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Stop the takeover of nature by financial markets

Posted on Aug 30, 2012

A short animated film about the takeover of nature by financial markets and the real alternatives coming up from civil society. An...

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Beauty and the Beast – Norway’s investments in rainforest protection and rainforest destruction

Posted on Aug 30, 2012

This new report published by Rainforest Foundation Norway and Friends of the Earth Norway documents the political incoherence of the...

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Nature is not for sale!

Posted on Aug 30, 2012

A leaflet on the Green Economy and the financialization of nature, published by Friends of the Earth France, ATTAC and AITEC. Available...

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Continuing our struggles

Posted on Jul 30, 2012

Those who were in Rio de Janeiro between June 15 and 23 were able to observe three parallel and different but interconnected processes. The...

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Rights of Nature: Planting the Seeds of Change

Posted on Jul 30, 2012

Rather than shifting course, the so-called Green Economy strategy unveiled at the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development...

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Cambodia: First political risk insurance coverage for a REDD project

Posted on Jul 30, 2012

The goal of the private investment firm Terra Global Capital is “to facilitate the market for land use carbon and other environmental...

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Asian movements and organizations reject the “Green Economy”

Posted on Jun 30, 2012

Movements and organizations from Asia have made a declaration rejecting the “Green Economy” being proposed by global institutions and...

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Joint publication on Green Economy

Posted on Jun 30, 2012

“Economía verde. El asalto final a los bienes comunes” (Green Economy: The final assault on the commons), only in Spanish, is a...

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Video on Financialization of Nature

Posted on Jun 30, 2012

Produced by La Antena and AttacTV, the short animated film deals with the takeover of nature by financial markets and the real alternatives...

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What is at stake at Rio+20

Posted on Jun 30, 2012

This edition of the WRM bulletin is being released as the Rio+20 People’s Summit is beginning in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In May, during a...

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Economía verde: el asalto final a los bienes comunes

Posted on Jun 15, 2012

Only available in Spanish Por GRAIN,  ATALC y el WRM Este libro es un esfuerzo colectivo por entender cuál es el trasfondo de los...

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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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Support the statement against the corporate capture of Rio+20

Posted on Apr 30, 2012

A number of international civil society organizations and social movements have joined together to issue a statement against what they call...

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Public response of WRM to Forest Trends

Posted on Mar 30, 2012

The article: “Environmental services and the promotion of the commodification and financialization of nature: Forests, tree plantations...

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Southern countries and forests should expect no good from carbon markets

Posted on Mar 30, 2012

Several social organizations from different parts of the world have signed and published the briefing “Carbon markets will not deliver...

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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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What are “environmental services”, “payment for environmental services” and “trade in environmental services”?

Posted on Feb 28, 2012

The term environmental services, also known as ecosystem services, includes the noun “service”, a term that is widely used in the...

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How did the idea of “environmental services” emerge?

Posted on Feb 28, 2012

To understand the emergence and development of the idea of environmental services, it is important to consider at least two crises that hit...

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How can a price be placed on “environmental services”, and who benefits?

Posted on Feb 28, 2012

How can the price of environmental services be established? How can it be determined, for example, what the “storage” and...

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Monoculture tree plantations and trade in environmental services

Posted on Feb 28, 2012

Companies that promote monoculture tree plantations for the production of pulp, charcoal, timber and other purposes have attempted to ride...

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The “environmental services” debate and Rio+20

Posted on Feb 28, 2012

There has been a lot more talk recently about environmental services, especially in connection with preparations for the Rio+20...

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Why should we say no to “trade in environmental services”?

Posted on Feb 28, 2012

Defenders of the idea of trade in environmental services claim that it is an excellent alternative for forest peoples, because it would...

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Ways forward?

Posted on Feb 28, 2012

Speculative capital and the stakeholders involved, such as banks, consultants, big companies and investment funds, along with allies like...

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Introduction

Posted on Feb 28, 2012

In view of the upcoming Rio+20 conference,(*) taking place this June, WRM would like to offer some background information on issues that...

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Open letter against the “green economy” and in favour of life

Posted on Jan 30, 2012

This March 6 to 9 the Convention on Biological Diversity and the governments of Ecuador, India, Japan, Norway and Sweden will host a...

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Ecuador: Pronouncement in Defence of Pachamama and Life

Posted on Jan 30, 2012

To commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Instituto de Estudios Ecologistas del Tercer Mundo (Third World Institute for Ecological...

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Call for the mobilization and coordination of struggles towards Río+20 and beyond

Posted on Dec 30, 2011

From June 18 to 23, 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil will host the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), commemorating...

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“Forest in exhaustion”: a new trick to subsidize monoculture tree plantations

Posted on Apr 30, 2011

“Forest in exhaustion” stems from a controversial proposal by Brazil under the UNFCCC negotiations in Poznan. The interest of Brazil to...

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World Bank: No more funding for oil palm plantations!

Posted on May 30, 2010

In August 2009, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), and shortly thereafter the wider World Bank Group (WBG) of which it is part...

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