World Rainforest Movement

“The big conservation lie: The untold story of wildlife conservation in Kenya”

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

 That is the title of a book co-authored by Mordecai Ogada and John Mbaria. “In many parts of Africa, conservation goes along with...

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Destroy here and destroy there: The double exploitation of biodiversity offsets

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

This issue of the WRM bulletin is focused on one of the key strategies that (mainly extractive) industries use to expand within the...

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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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Biodiversity offsetting and biodiversity corridors in Asia: Nature destruction and protection acting in tandem

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

This year, 2017, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) celebrates its 50th anniversary. Since the Bank was founded, it has invested more than...

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Gabon: Plans to market carbon, biodiversity, ecosystems and community “capital”

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

In 2014, the Gabonese government passed a new “Sustainable Development” Law, which authorizes companies to compensate for the...

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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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An umbrella for non-compliance: “Air Quality Offsets” in South Africa

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

How air quality offsets were set in place Air quality offsets in South Africa are part of a push back against gains made in air quality...

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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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Ecology, Economics, Cultures of the Mekong Basin: From Keng Kood Koo to Pha Chan in A Changing Course      

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

Launched by the Thai organization TERRA, this publication records the story of Mekong riparian communities from 25 sub-districts in 7...

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Amazonian and Andean women in the VIII Pan-Amazonian Forum

Posted on Jul 7, 2017

How to make the sustainability of life the center of debate The VIII Pan-Amazonian Forum, held from April 28th to May 1st, 2017 in...

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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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Meeting report: What is happening to our forests?

Posted on Apr 6, 2017

 From 21-25 November 2016, about 50 people, involved in struggles to defend the territories, forests and livelihoods of forest-dependent...

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Myanmar: New policy promoting indigenous rights under threat

Posted on Apr 4, 2017

The last couple of years have been a period of significant change in Myanmar, most significantly represented by the victory of the NLD...

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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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Indonesia: Proposed laws threaten to reinstate corporate control over agrodiversity

Posted on Apr 4, 2017

  In 2012, the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Indonesia annulled key Articles of a 1992 Law on Plant Cultivation Systems. These...

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Report: From Global Enclosure to Self Enclosure: Ten Years After

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

Report: From Global Enclosure to Self Enclosure: Ten Years After – A Critique of the CBD and the “Bonn Guidelines” on...

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Peoples’ traditional knowledge embedded in their territory versus “traditional knowledge” in the UN Convention on Biological Diversity

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

Interview with Blanca Chancoso, Kichwa member of the Otavalo peoples and vicepresident of ECUARUNARI – the Kichwa Confederation of...

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Trade deals threaten peasant farmer’s stewardship of seed biodiversity

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

Skilful selection and nurturing of the seeds best suited to a particular location are at the heart of peasant farming and agroforestry...

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The Brazilian Biodiversity Law: Progress or Threat?

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

On May 20th 2015, then Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff, approved Law 13.123/2015, which was published as the new Brazilian Legal...

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Financial Mechanisms in the CBD: Opening the Doors to More Privatization of Biodiversity

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

The CBD is a forum where organizations and movements can bring our positions and try to get them reflected in official documents. We do...

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The CBD’s interpretation of “biodiversity” opens the door to new forms of biopiracy

Posted on Dec 7, 2016

Compared with the struggle to stop the destruction of forests, the resistance of forest-dependent communities against governments...

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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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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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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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