World Rainforest Movement

Forest fires in Indonesia: Why is the media looking away?

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

An article from “The Guardian” highlights how despite fire raging across over 5,000 km in Indonesia, the media “dominated by...

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Banking on biodiversity in Sabah, Malaysia

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The trade in biodiversity credits has been positioned as a solution to the problem of biodiversity loss (especially orang-utan habitat) in...

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Forests under siege: Liberia may intensify forest destruction

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

“The world’s forests remain under threat from illegal logging… Illegal logging perpetuates corruption, undermines livelihoods, fuels...

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Indonesia’s Forest Law criminalizes Indigenous and local communities

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

Hundreds of people are detained in Indonesia for having claimed their rights on their land, forests and other resources while resisting...

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Women in logging campsites: muted abuse

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

An investigation focused on the river port of Pucallpa, Ucayali, in the Peruvian Amazon, reveals that women serving in the bars around the...

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Timber business over Cambodia’s “protected” forests

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

Ancient forests are being lost at an “unprecedented” rate from protected lands in Cambodia, according to a new report from the...

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Impacts of industrial logging concessions in Africa’s rainforests

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

Most of the Congo Basin’s forests have been divided up into concessions, conservation areas and community use, with most of Central...

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Blood Timber: How Europe played a significant role in funding war in Central African Republic

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

In 2013, the Central African Republic was plunged into a conflict that has cost over 5,000 lives and displaced more than a million people....

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Large-scale logging in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

A video from the NGO Global Witness, who visited many communities in DRC directly impacted by the logging industry, shows the reality of...

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Logging concessions; basis of an industry, or political control?

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

Over the last two decades, massive tracts of virgin tropical forests have come under exploitation, in all three underdeveloped regions....

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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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Palm oil concessions for logging: the case of Herakles Farms in Cameroon

Posted on Sep 15, 2015

  With palm oil consumption predicted to triple by 2050 – and with current production mostly concentrated in Indonesia and Malaysia...

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The Mundukuru peoples in Brazil: forestry concessions imposed on indigenous lands

Posted on Sep 15, 2015

  In the history of the peoples who have been living in the Amazon since before the arrival of European colonizers, the invasion of...

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Why the forest concession model does not solve the structural problems of logging and wood extraction?

Posted on Sep 15, 2015

Historically, illegal forest exploitation to obtain economically valuable timber has been one of the activities with the highest impact on...

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Latin America and EU Trade relationships – Animated video

Posted on Jun 9, 2015

de EU Latin America.This video explains how a trade relationship – mainly based on the extraction of raw materials – is...

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Brazil: Three indigenous leaders and forest defenders were murdered

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

Three indigenous leaders were ambushed by gunmen hired by loggers and landowners, as reported by the Indigenous Missionary Council (CIMI)....

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Intensification of land grabbing and more concentration of land ownership in the era of “green capitalism”: News from Indonesia

Posted on May 6, 2015

  On April 17, farmers around the world celebrated the Day of Peasant Struggle, in tribute to the 19 peasants of the Landless Workers...

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A grandmother standing up to mining and logging companies in the Solomon Islands

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

When mining and logging companies come to villages asking for resource rights, how can communities make an informed decision without truly...

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Peru: Our Fight, indigenous peoples defending their territories

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

The video from “If Not Us Then Who?” follows the aftermath of the murders of four indigenous leaders and activists, including Edwin...

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Small step from industrial logging to “the perfect crime”, explains Patrick Alley of NGO Global Witness

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

“Industrial logging: one of the most corrupt and destructive trades on this planet. Their business model is reliant on wrecking the...

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Peru: “The Laundering Machine: How fraud and corruption in Peru’s concession system are destroying the future of its forests”

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

A report by the Environmental Investigation Agency documents how ‘formal’ and ‘legal’ mechanisms for timber extraction in Peru are...

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Forests Plunder: discourse of ‘sustainability’ hides destruction caused by logging

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

  Industrial logging – the large-scale removal of trees – in tropical forests is a significant cause of forest loss. The...

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Peru: Corporate logging devastates forests and local communities

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

  Timber trade in the Amazon region is a multi-million dollar business, for a small number of people. Nearly 60 percent of Peru’s...

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China: Worlds largest reforestation scheme fails to protect natural forests and threatens more

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

A study from Agroforestry World has shown that while China has increased the amount of tree cover with a reforestation and ‘payment for...

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Indonesian logger: “cleared peat forest doesn’t have high conservation value”

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

For Indonesian logging company Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings Limited (APRIL), clearing of peat forest on an island of...

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Demand Justice for the Amazon Indigenous leaders murdered by loggers

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

Four leaders of the Ashéninka people of the Peruvian Amazon were murdered by illegal loggers operating on their lands. Among them was...

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Large-scale infrastructure projects in forests: Constructing a base without a foundation

Posted on Jul 4, 2014

If you asked someone to list some of the main causes of rainforest deforestation, they would probably mention, for example, logging,...

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Victory over Malaysian land grabbers in Papua New Guinea

Posted on Jun 10, 2014

The people of Collingwood Bay in Papua New Guinea have won back their land from Malaysian loggers and oil palm companies after a hard...

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Metamorphosis of destructive logging companies

Posted on May 7, 2014

It does sound like a bit of a fairy tale. Multinational companies destroy forests and trample on human rights. Then, international...

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Large scale logging in Africa pervaded by bribery and corruption

Posted on May 30, 2013

Logging permits designed to promote small businesses and meet local needs are being allocated in their hundreds to industrial logging...

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A brief overview of deforestation in tropical forests

Posted on Mar 30, 2013

1. Introduction UN climate negotiations have sparked a new wave of international interest in the fate of tropical forests. Their...

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Industrial logging cannot be sustainable

Posted on Oct 30, 2012

Barbara Zimmerman with the International Conservation Fund for Canada and Cyril Kormos, Vice President for policy with the WILD Foundation...

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Industrial Logging

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

This activity affects all tropical forest areas. In the 1990s, clearcut logging was often practiced, affecting populations in countries...

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Killings worldwide – the toll of land grabbing

Posted on Jul 30, 2012

Land grabbing is characterized by the acquisition of vast areas of land in countries of Africa, Latin America and Asia for a variety of...

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Brazil – Behind the Greenwashing: The commodification of forests and impacts on local communities in the state of Acre

Posted on Nov 30, 2011

The state of Acre, in the Brazilian Amazon region, earned worldwide attention in the late 1980s through the struggle for social and...

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Sold Down the River – The Need to Control Transnational Forestry Corporations: A European Case Study

Posted on Apr 17, 2011

By Forests Monitor, 2001 Sold Down the River – The Need to Control Transnational Forestry Corporations: A European Case...

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The necessary changes to genuinely celebrate the International Year of Forestsnter title here

Posted on Jan 30, 2011

The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2011 the International Year of Forests, and WRM has decided to devote its first bulletin...

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Malaysia: Penan demand against government for forestry licenses

Posted on Jan 30, 2010

The Penan have been living in the rainforests of Sarawak since time immemorial. They used to hunt and gather food from the rainforest and...

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

Posted on Aug 30, 2009

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

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The clash of two worlds in the Peruvian Amazon

Posted on Jun 29, 2009

The Peruvian government chose the symbolic date of World Environment Day to launch a bloody attack on the peoples of the Amazon. The reason...

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China: Facing two evils -deforestation and monoculture tree plantations

Posted on Apr 29, 2009

The entrance of China into the global capitalist market with the ensuing accelerated expansion of its economy has been marked by a growing...

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Liberia: Country Heading for Disaster -timber industry set to reopen despite widespread concerns and evidence pointing high potential for illegal logging

Posted on Feb 27, 2009

Liberia’s forests hold great promise for its people, but that promise is quickly evaporating as the Liberian government mismanages this...

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Malaysia: River siltation due to deforestation underlying severe floods in Sarawak

Posted on Feb 27, 2009

Heavy rains started pouring on January 14 and continued for almost one month in the East Malaysian state of Sarawak, hitting especially the...

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Danzer involved in bribery and illegal logging

Posted on Jun 1, 2004

Greenpeace investigation reveals Swiss-German company bribing officials in Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo and Republic of Congo. ...

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The direct and underlying causes of forest loss

Posted on Dec 17, 2002

Forests are one of the most valuable eco-systems in the world, containing over 60 per cent of the world’s biodiversity. This...

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Briefing on Finnish Consultancy Firm Jaakko Poyry

Posted on May 22, 1999

By Larry Lohmann Forest degradation is associated with the activities of loggers, timber consumers, paper companies, and multilateral...

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