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The European Investment Bank: Africa’s discreet mining financier

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

The Ambatovy mine, a massive operation of eight billion US-dollars (in today’s value), is designed to extract nickel and cobalt from...

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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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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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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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50 years later: a review of the Asian Development Bank’s impacts in the region

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) marks 50 years as the second largest source of development finance in the Asia-Pacific region, just after...

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Large-scale investments and climate conservation initiatives destroy forests and people’s territories

Posted on Apr 4, 2017

Asia’s rapid economic growth and industrialisation are coming at an extremely high price for local communities, their environments and...

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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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Children coping with evictions of World Bank-financed projects

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

An article from the “Food and Environment Reporting Network” highlights an investigation into the hidden toll of World Bank–financed...

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Honduras: palm plantations and violence under the auspices of the World Bank

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

An article in the newspaper “El País” shows the intense violence experienced by the people of the valley of Bajo Aguán, in...

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Minding the Miners: Who finances What and for Whom

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

A database called “From Money to Metals” gathers data on commercial and private institutions that aim to profit from mineral extraction...

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World Bank paving the way for a national biodiversity offset strategy in Liberia

Posted on May 6, 2015

In March 2015, the World Bank presented a report that will help mining companies operating in Liberia present themselves as saviours of...

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

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

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

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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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Malaysia: Asian Development Bank Urged to Shelve Loan For Power Grid in Sarawak

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

  Environmental and human rights groups from Malaysia and abroad are calling on the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to stop a proposal...

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The Asian Development Bank’s infrastructure-led ‘growth’ in India and the Mekong region (1)

Posted on Jul 4, 2014

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is pivotal for creating demand and the conditions for widespread privatization in virtually every sector...

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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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The World Bank and land grabbing

Posted on Apr 30, 2013

In an international context of growing privatization and concentration of wealth, a process that is also manifested through land grabbing,...

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Indonesia: Warning to financial institutions: Don’t Fund Forest Destruction of APP and other pulp and paper manufacturers

Posted on Dec 14, 2012

Several banks and other financial institutions around the world have been warned on last 6 November to avoid investments in pulp and paper...

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

Posted on Oct 30, 2012

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

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International Financial Institutions

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

International Financial Institutions like the World Bank, as well as regional Banks and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), are a...

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Laos: Expansion of rubber plantations – more conflicts with communities

Posted on Sep 30, 2012

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

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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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The dark side of investment agreements – VIDEO

Posted on Jul 30, 2012

“The dark side of investment agreements”  is a new video by TNI that explains how such agreements bind governments to the...

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Campaign against palm oil giant FELDA

Posted on Jul 30, 2012

Rainforest Rescue has started a campaign to demand Deutsche Bank to dissociate itself from the Malaysian palm oil giant FELDA Global...

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Devastating Impact of World Bank Backing for Land Investments in Uganda – VIDEO

Posted on Apr 23, 2012

    Released on the eve of the World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty in Washington DC, April 23-26, 2012, two new films...

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“Plantações não são Florestas!” – Letter to the World Bank

Posted on Sep 10, 2011

Brazil, September 2011, various organizations. Only available in Portuguese – Read the letter...

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Cameroon: peoples territories being targeted for oil palm plantations

Posted on Apr 30, 2011

Powerful countries and corporations have targeted the African continent to become a commodity supplier for their industrial needs. This has...

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World Bank: No more funding for oil palm plantations!

Posted on May 20, 2010

On May 18th 2010, a letter to the World Bank representatives has been sent on behalf of more than 80 organizations from more than 34...

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Bangladesh: The role of the ADB and World Bank in the destruction of the “forest of the fallen leaves”

Posted on Feb 27, 2010

The last remnants of forests in Bangladesh are disappearing and much of the blame goes to local peoples’ “slash and burn”...

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Greenwashing the green desert in Copenhagen

Posted on Nov 29, 2009

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

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The World Bank must stop the promotion of industrial oil palm plantations – BANNER

Posted on Sep 17, 2009

Industrial oil palm plantations are a major cause of deforestation, destroy local communities livelihoods and and accelerates climate...

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Indonesia: Call for suspension of World Bank (IFC) lending to oil palm

Posted on Aug 30, 2009

An internal audit has revealed that the World Bank’s private sector arm – the International Finance Corporation (IFC) – has allowed...

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Papua New Guinea: World Bank promoting oil palm and pushing people into poverty

Posted on Jan 30, 2009

The “Small Holder Agriculture Development Project” (SADP) is a World Bank loan recently granted to the PNG Government. The SADP...

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Creating Poverty in Laos: The Asian Development Bank and Industrial Tree Plantations

Posted on Apr 25, 2006

By Chris Lang and Bruce Shoemaker. Contents: · Background: Forests and Rural Communities in Laos · The Failure of the ADB’s First...

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World Bank is contributing to destruction of world’s forests

Posted on Apr 14, 2005

Press Information-  A new independent report published today finds that programmes funded by the World Bank Group are causing destruction...

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Broken Promises: How World Bank Group policies and practice fail to protect forests and forest peoples’ rights’

Posted on Apr 8, 2005

This publication is the result of a joint effort -carried out by the Forest Peoples Programme, Rainforest Foundation UK, Environmental...

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Seriously flawed consultation process for IFC Safeguard Policy Update – Joint sign on letter sent to the World Bank and IFC

Posted on Sep 16, 2004

Seriously flawed consultation process for IFC Safeguard Policy Update. Joint sign on letter sent –by 56 Southern and 65 Northern...

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Civil Society Organisations Reject World Bank Country Assistance Strategy: Severely Condemn Bank’s Propriety in Influencing Government of India’s Policy

Posted on Aug 10, 2004

PRESS RELEASE –  In a National Consultation held in Delhi on August 7, 2004, several civil society organisations in India including...

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Letter to Mr. Wolfensohn on World Bank draft Development Policy Lending (O.P. 8.60)

Posted on Jun 28, 2004

Sent by World Rainforest Movement, Forest Peoples Programme and Environmental Defense, on behalf of 47 International NGOs. Mr. James D....

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Environmental NGOs call for closure of World Bank climate change fund

Posted on Apr 19, 2004

ENGLAND, UK, APRIL 19TH, 2004. Today, over fifty environmental and social justice NGOs and other groups sent a letter of protest to the...

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Banking on deforestation: Asian Development Bank support to industrial forestry in Lao PDR

Posted on Nov 22, 2003

By Chris Lang Published in Guerrero, D. (ed.) (2003) A Handbook on the Asian Development Bank: The ADB and its operations in Asia and the...

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Banking on the Forests: The politics of the ADB’s involvement in Asia’s forests

Posted on Nov 22, 2003

By Chris Lang Tadao Chino, the Asian Development Bank’s president, cannot pretend that he does not know what NGOs want from his Bank....

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ADB’s plantations projects in Laos

Posted on Oct 22, 2003

By Chris Lang, published in “Pulping the Mekong” In December 1993, the Asian Development Bank agreed a US$11.2 million loan...

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ADB and Smallholders Agriculture Projects in Papua New Guinea

Posted on Jun 22, 2003

Briefing Paper prepared by Lee Tan, Australian Conservation Foundation/Friends of the Earth Australia “We, the landowners are developing...

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The World Trade Organization and Forests

Posted on Oct 17, 2002

For many people around the world, the relationship between the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the future of forests appears to be...

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The World Bank in the Forest

Posted on Sep 17, 2002

Ten years after the Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit, forests continue disappearing at an alarming rate. According to the FAO, some 161 million...

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World Bank’s Proposed Policy Puts World’s Forests at Risk

Posted on Jun 11, 2002

Statement by WRM, FPP, ED – June 2002 In the run-up to Johannesburg where governments from around the world will debate how to protect...

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The International Monetary Fund: a major actor in deforestation

Posted on Jan 21, 2002

For years forest activists have focused their attention –and rightly so– on the World Bank’s role in forest destruction....

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Protesters occupy IMF offices in Quito, Ecuador

Posted on Feb 21, 2001

As part of a social uprising that has brought Ecuador to a virtual standstill, a growing number of protesters from environmental and human...

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The WTO and the future of forests – WRM Statement to the WTO Ministerial Conference

Posted on Dec 11, 1999

Seattle, November 30 – December 3, 1999 The WTO and the future of forests When the 1992 Earth Summit took place, it seemed as though...

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Pulping the South: Industrial Tree Plantations in the World Paper Economy

Posted on Dec 9, 1996

By Ricardo Carrere and Larry Lohmann This book, commissioned by the World Rainforest Movement at its meeting in Delhi in April 1994, has...

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