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“Sacred Sites are living places”: the voices of Custodians in Africa

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

The short film “Sacred Voices”, supported by the African Biodiversity Network and the Gaia Foundation, shares the messages of eight...

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Loss, Healing and Struggle

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

Ten years ago, the Indian writer Kiran Desai published a novel called The Inheritance of Loss, about the long-lived wounds and suffering...

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From “solastalgia” to “alegremia”

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

In 2003, Australian philosopher Glen Albrecht (1) coined the term “solastalgia” to define the combination of psychological disorders...

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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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Endogenous knowledge, an effective weapon to combat land grabs in Africa

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

“This small family, the father, the mother and their two children, enters the sacred forest in order to find solutions to the illnesses...

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The Quechua-lamas vision of medicinal plants: a lesson from the high-altitude forests of Peru (1)

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

Modern people usually refer to medicinal plants as resources at the service of humans. This way of referring to them does not seem to be...

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“To enjoy full health, we want to make a difference”: A woman’s voice from the forests of Brazil

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

Francisca Maria is 36 years old, mother of 3 children, married for 17 years. She is also a leader in the community of São Raimundo. São...

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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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Cherishing community wisdom to strengthen the struggle for land and forest

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

When a forest area is replaced by a eucalyptus monoculture, a dam or a mining project, the destruction is evident and in plain sight....

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West African women defend traditional palm oil

Posted on Jul 15, 2016

A video produced by GRAIN shows how rural women in West Africa are working to protect traditional palm oil production in the face of the...

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The new legal framework on biodiversity and the commodification of nature in Brazil

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

The December 2015 Raíces newsletter focuses on the problems arising around approval and regulation of the Legal Framework on Biodiversity,...

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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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Seed laws that criminalize farmers: resistance

Posted on Nov 10, 2015

Peasant seeds – the pillar of food production – are under attack everywhere. Under corporate pressure, laws in many countries...

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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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Two bright shining lies teaming up: Certification roundtables and REDD+

Posted on Nov 9, 2015

    Certification has been described as the brightest of bright shining lies of the sustainability movement. And in recent...

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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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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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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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Forest peoples and territories: Rights Violations in Acre, Brazil

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

In 2013, the Rapporteur on human rights to the environment (RDHMA, for its Portuguese acronym), from the DhESCA Platform, conducted a...

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Stop privatizing India’s Forests!

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

A Press Release by All India Forum of Forest Movements (AIFFM) denounces the Government of India allowing “forest concessions” to...

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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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Deforestation funds more plantations: The new Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill in India

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

Giving away India’s forests On August 13, 2015, Prakash Javadekar, India’s Minister of the Environment, informed the Upper House of...

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Discovering the secrets of Benin’s forests to improve nutrition

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

Although growing international recognition of forests’ role on food sovereignty for forest-dependant populations, large amounts of...

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UnderMining Agriculture: How the Extractive Industries Threaten our Food Systems

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

A recent report from the GAIA Foundation and allies exposes how the world’s food production and millions of small farmers and...

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What future for the world’s forests?

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

The new issue of the “World Rivers Review”, a magazine from the NGO International Rivers, includes reports about worldwide violations...

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Water: stream of life and knowledge

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

  There is a crucial difference when one refers to water as a living element rather than as a “resource”. The Western point of...

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Untold stories of water theft and pollution

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

Behind many appealing products in the supermarkets of major urban centers in the world, there are countless silenced stories. Behind the...

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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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Defending and promoting the right to Food Sovereignty around the world

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

The latest Nyéléni newsletter edition shows articles on how peoples across the world are fighting to secure and defend their rights to...

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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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Ideas for the political thought of La Via Campesina in the Amazon

Posted on Mar 6, 2015

The coordinating team of La Via Campesina in the state of Pará, Brazil, has compiled in a book the political struggles waged over time in...

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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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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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India: Appeal to the government of India and to the UN on Development, Rights & Biodiversity in Forest Communities to protect indigenous rights

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

  The government of India has launched, in the name of ‘development’, several processes that remove or dilute legal protection of...

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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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Brazil: The struggle of the tupinamba indigenous people to protect their territory and the conservation of forests

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

  For over 500 years, the indigenous tupinambá people have been massacred and expelled from their territory in the southern part of...

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News from the 12th Conference of the Parties of the CBD

Posted on Oct 13, 2014

The 12th Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is taking place in South Korea. There are...

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Paraguay: Transgenic soy and human rights violations. After the coup comes consolidation of the real power of transnational companies

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

The rapid expansion of monocultures of transgenic soy in Paraguay – 95 per cent of which are covered by Monsanto patents – has left in...

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The African Biodiversity Network launched the documentary “The Mining Curse: Sacred Natural Sites Under Siege”

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

  The documentary explains how generation after generation, communities in Africa have maintained and defended their Sacred Natural...

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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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Petition to stop harassment of a defender of earth and water in Peru: Yes to Water, No to Mining!

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

In Cajamarca, in the northern Peruvian Andes, where the headwaters of the rivers, the forests and páramos should be protected...

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The forests not seen on picture post-cards: looking beyond the tropical belt

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

When it comes to ‘tropical forests,’ most studies, campaigns and policies focus on those located along the equator: the Amazon...

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Forests in Mozambique face extinction

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

Mozambique used to be rich in forests. Nowadays, not only can it not be considered a rich country, but its forests are also at risk of...

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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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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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India: Forest struggles at the crossroads

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

One can still come across unfragmented forests and wilderness landscapes in India, some of them comprising the type of structural and...

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Coastal forests threatened by tourism

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

The tropical and subtropical coasts of Latin America, in Mexico, Brazil and most Central American and Caribbean countries, have been...

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July 26: International Day for the Defense of Mangrove Ecosystems

Posted on Aug 5, 2014

Mangrove peoples and communities have a close bond with mangroves, fishing and the seas. Mangroves and the seas are wholly interconnected...

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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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Insisting on REDD is playing a game already lost for the climate and peoples

Posted on Aug 4, 2014

FIFA is a for-profit organization which, through its leaders and a small group of corporations, merchandises the world’s most popular...

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International Day of the Mangrove Ecosystem Defense – July 26, 2014

Posted on Jul 28, 2014

The mangrove ecosystem towns and communities have a close bond with the mangrove swamps, fishing and with the oceans. Mangroves swamps...

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Hungry for land: small farmers feed the world with less than a quarter of all farmland

Posted on Jul 4, 2014

Small farmers and indigenous organizations around the world are confronting a deep reduction of the world’s farmland and the processes of...

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Carta a la Comision Interamericana de DDHH por la explotación petrolera en el Yasuní y los indígenas en aislamiento

Posted on Jun 18, 2014

Only available in Spanish.  Survival International, WRM – Movimiento Mundial por los Bosques Tropicales, CIMI – Consejo Indigenista...

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India: Evicted for “tiger conservation”

Posted on Jun 10, 2014

With similar arguments as people in conservation areas who have been evicted for REDD, like the Sengwer case in Kenya...

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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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A summit on forests with “experts” and without communities

Posted on Jun 10, 2014

This past May 5 and 6, the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) organized a summit on forests in Jakarta, Indonesia, called...

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Carta de Macapá de los pueblos libres de la Panamazonia

Posted on Jun 9, 2014

Only available in Spanish. Entre los días 28 y 31 de mayo de 2014, en la ciudad de Macapá, Brasil, los pueblos de la región amazónica...

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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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International Day in Defense of Peasants’ and Farmers’ Seeds

Posted on Apr 5, 2014

The women and men farmers and peasants belonging to the Via Campesina, are calling for this April 17th to be a global day of action and...

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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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There you go! – short film from Survival International

Posted on Mar 7, 2014

Around the world ‘development’ is robbing tribal people of their land, self-sufficiency and pride and leaving them with nothing....

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Support the struggle of the Tupinambá in Bahia, Brazil for the demarcation of their lands and against militarization!

Posted on Mar 7, 2014

Once again we are calling for your support for the legitimate struggle of the Tupinambá indigenous people of the state of Bahia,...

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Mangrove territories: “Culture, tradition and a vital space for coastal peoples”

Posted on Mar 7, 2014

Communities, peoples and civil society organizations have worked for years to raise the visibility of the significant benefits of the...

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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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Indonesia: Action on Customary Forests

Posted on Dec 23, 2013

On 16 May, 2013, the Indonesian Constitutional Court issued a decision confirming that Customary Forests are forests located in Indigenous...

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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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Masking the Destruction: REDD+ in the Peruvian Amazon

Posted on Nov 22, 2013

By Joanna Cabello, World Rainforest Movement Document published in “Leyes, políticas y economía verde al servicio del despojo de...

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Letter demanding the immediate cancellation of the Don Sahong Dam

Posted on Nov 1, 2013

Letter sent by the Save the Mekong Coalition, to the Mekong countries Prime Ministers demanding the immediate cancellation of the Don...

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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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Indigenous peoples throughout Brazil fighting for their rights, including their right to food sovereignty

Posted on Oct 31, 2013

During the first week of October, indigenous peoples staged protests throughout the country, including the capital, Brasilia, against the...

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Cambodia: The struggle of rural people for their “community forest”, an essential part of their food sovereignty

Posted on Oct 31, 2013

Although many of the original forest areas in Cambodia have been destroyed in the past decades, for many communities the remaining forests...

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Open letter from WRM and other organizations to the Brazilian government regarding the critical situation of indigenous peoples in the state of Acre

Posted on Oct 31, 2013

After a field visit to an indigenous village in the state of Acre, together with Friends of the Earth Brazil and the Brazilian Network on...

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Indonesia: Gold in Bukit Tiga Jurai affecting food sovereignty

Posted on Oct 31, 2013

Sumatra Copper Ltd. Sumatra Copper Ltd., a London based mining company, has concessions in forest areas in Indonesia for mining, operating...

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Learn more about the subject of food sovereignty

Posted on Oct 31, 2013

There are publications, statements and other sources of information on the subject of food sovereignty available from organizations...

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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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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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Progress can kill: how imposed development destroys the health of tribal peoples

Posted on Oct 2, 2013

There are two versions of Survival’s ground-breaking report ‘Progress can kill: how imposed development destroys the health of...

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The struggle of the people who depend on mangroves: A struggle for visibility, for rights, and against destructive consumption

Posted on Jul 30, 2013

(Photo: Greenpeace International) Mangroves, which are a type of forest, could be considered the most forgotten or invisible tropical...

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Brazil: The struggle to defend our fishing territory

Posted on Jul 30, 2013

Brazil’s coasts are seriously threatened by a range of large-scale projects. The privatization of waterbodies, concessions over public...

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Indonesia: Mangroves for life

Posted on Jul 30, 2013

According to The World’s Mangroves 1980-2005 (FAO 2007), Indonesia has the largest mangrove area in the world in terms of the extent...

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Mangroves, food sovereignty for coastal communities

Posted on Jul 30, 2013

Mangroves, food sovereignty for coastal communities was the theme chosen this year for the International Day for the Defence of Mangrove...

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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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REDD plus or REDD “Light”? Biodiversity, communities and forest carbon certification

Posted on Mar 30, 2013

“REDD plus or REDD “Light”? Biodiversity, communities and forest carbon certification”, a new report in English by the Swedish...

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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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March 8: Women in defence of forests

Posted on Feb 28, 2013

International Women’s Day on March 8 is a day to celebrate the achievements made by women in the defence of their rights. It is also a...

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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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Indonesia: The Kalimantan Forests and Climate Partnership REDD project – little partnership, many problems

Posted on Dec 14, 2012

Article based on a field visit and conversations with villagers in 5 of the 7 most affected communities by this project.

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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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Recognising Sacred Natural Sites and Territories in Kenya: An Analysis of how the Kenyan Constitution, National and International Laws can Support the Recognition of Sacred Natural Sites and their Community Governance Systems

Posted on Dec 14, 2012

New report: “Recognising Sacred Natural Sites and Territories in Kenya: An Analysis of how the Kenyan Constitution, National and...

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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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Food sovereignty, forests and biodiversity

Posted on Nov 28, 2012

This month, while another meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity was taking place in India, we also...

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