World Rainforest Movement

12 Replies to 12 Lies about Oil Palm monocultures plantations – new layout

Posted on Sep 26, 2016

This report aims at strengthening the struggles of all those who are opposing large-scale oil palm plantations in the global South. After...

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India: Support forest dependent communities against plantations expansion!

Posted on Sep 20, 2016

WRM together with the All India Forum of Forest Movements, and the Campaign for Survival and Dignity are mobilizing against the CAF Act...

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Stop plantations expansion in Mozambique!

Posted on Sep 13, 2016

updated on September 22 Last week we asked your support for communities in Mozambique who are facing rapid expansion of timber monoculture...

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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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Land grabbing: Tactics used by European actors abroad

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

(1) Current land grabbing practices include the capture of control of relatively vast tracts of land through a variety of mechanisms. In...

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The Congo Basin: in the Sights of Capital

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

The Congo Basin in Central Africa contains the second largest forest in the world. Its extensive territory is shared by six countries: the...

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Racism: A Legacy of Colonial Power

Posted on May 6, 2016

Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi warns us of the risks of listening to the same version of a story over and over again. That story we...

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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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Agrarian reform in reverse in Asia: new laws grab land from farmers

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

A report by the NGO GRAIN shows how governments throughout Asia are quietly enacting a host of legislative changes that eliminate the few...

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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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India: annulling rights to allow mining

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

On 8 January 2016, the Government of Chhattisgarh (GoC), India, passed an order cancelling the rights of the villagers of Ghatbara over a...

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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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Philippines: Resisting Land Grabbing and Corporate Oil Palm Plantations

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

In early November, a gathering of peasants and indigenous peoples from Mindanao, Bohol and Palawan, denounced the government’s plan to...

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Burning Season In Indonesia What have industrial plantations and the Indonesian State done to the islands’ forests?

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The Scale of Disaster The forest and land burning madness is going rampant again in Indonesia. Up to November 16, the Global Fire Emission...

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REDD Alert! How REDD+ projects undermine peasant farming and real solutions to climate change

Posted on Nov 9, 2015

Agriculture is increasingly being discussed at high level forums on climate change that promote different programmes which they claim will...

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Why the RSPO facilitates land grabs for palm oil

Posted on Nov 9, 2015

**This article is based on a conversation between Winnie Overbeek, the international coordinator of the World Rainforest Movement, and...

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Corporate smart agriculture

Posted on Nov 9, 2015

  As the UN climate negotiations in December approach, there’s only one major intergovernmental initiative on climate and...

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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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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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Industrial oil palm plantations: A model that violates forest-dependent peoples and their territories

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

To mark the International Day of the Struggle against Monoculture Tree Plantations on September 21, WRM, together with organizations and...

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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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Cambodia: Steps to Victory

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

  After several years of struggle, rural communities in the province of Oddar Meanchey, Cambodia, are seeing signs of victory. Three...

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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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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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Honduras’ Garifuna communities resist eviction and theft of land

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

Along the Atlantic coast of Honduras, Afro-Caribbean Garifuna communities are being threatened and forced from their land by proposals for...

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Relaunching destruction in Papua: monoculture agriculture project threatens indigenous lands and livelihoods

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

.For the last five years, the people of Merauke Regency, in Indonesia’s southern Papua province, have been resisting a...

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To reject REDD+ and extractive industries to confront capitalism and defend life and territories

Posted on Jul 30, 2015

Due to the UN climate negotiations -COP20- and the Peoples’ Summit on Climate Change, held in Lima, Peru, in December 2014, over 100...

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Development of the extractive sector and impacts on communities and biodiversity in the countries of the Congo Basin

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

The countries of the Congo Basin are known for their extraordinary wealth of biodiversity and cultural diversity of their peoples. And...

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Mining activity kills Indonesia’s peasants and fisher people

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

During the last 10 years, the Indonesian government has issued many mining licenses with the argument of increasing the country’s...

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Biodiversity offsets facilitate continuation of business-as-usual destruction by mining companies

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

For well over a decade, mining corporations like Newmont and Rio Tinto have been participating in voluntary biodiversity offset (1)...

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Ghana’s Mining Sector Regime: A Bad Deal for Affected Local Communities

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

Meet Nicholas Ennin, a 42-year-old farmer from Etwebo, in the Western Region of Ghana. Around 2003, his farmland and that of over 1000...

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The role of “artisanal” mining for transnational mining companies

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

  To dedicate another monthly bulletin to the issue of mining is justified by the fact that our allies in the forest regions of Latin...

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Exploitation and Empty Promises. Wilmar’s Nigerian land grab

Posted on Jul 9, 2015

By Friends of the Earth US, Environmental Rights Action, Nigeria. Wilmar International1 is one of the world’s largest palm oil...

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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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Squeezing Africa Dry: behind every land grab there is a water grab

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

Food cannot be grown without water. In Africa, one in three people endure water scarcity and climate change makes things worse. Africa’s...

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Dakar to Tunis: Declaration against water and land grabbing

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

The Africa Social Forum that took place in Dakar in October 2014 released the Declaration against Water and Land grabbing, which affirms...

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ProSavana Plan in Mozambique is out and threatening peasants’ land

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

Peasants in northern Mozambique are struggling to keep their lands and water sources, as governments and foreign companies move...

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The massive loot of water

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

  Each year, fleets of aircraft, ships, trucks and trains, as well as thousands of kilometers of pipelines and ducts are used to...

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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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Agro-colonialism in the Congo – European and US development finance is bankrolling a new round of colonialism in the DRC

Posted on Jun 2, 2015

The report is authored by GRAIN and RIAO-RDC in collaboration with Fundación Mundubat, War on Want, Association Française...

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African resistance to land grabs by plantation companies Bolloré and Socfin

Posted on May 6, 2015

Peasant farmers deprived of their lands launch a series of occupations on Socfin’s plantations in Cameroon, Liberia, Cambodia and Côte...

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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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Territories being seized in Cambodia: protecting corporate profits

Posted on May 6, 2015

  Violent, systematic grabbing of peasants and indigenous peoples’ territories in Cambodia is resulting in a threefold increase in...

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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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African local livelihoods under threat as palm oil producers capture more lands

Posted on Mar 6, 2015

Booming global demand for palm oil and limited room for the industry’s expansion in Asia have led large palm oil producers to look...

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Nigeria: Tales of Grabland

Posted on Feb 27, 2015

A documentary from “Land Justice for West Africa” shows how Ogoni communities, already affected severely by the oil industry in the...

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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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India plans huge palm oil expansion, puts forests at risk

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

While Malaysia and Indonesia produce over 85% of the world’s palm oil, India is its largest importer. To boost palm cultivation, the...

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Brazil: Federal Prosecutor’s Office upholds injunction barring BNDES financing for Fibria Celulose, a company certified by the FSC

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

The Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office (Ministério Público Federal or MPF) of Brazil has ruled to suspend financing from the...

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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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Brazil: Large landholders, the main cause of deforestation in the Amazon

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

A study conducted by the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) of Sweden reveals that deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon, which had...

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Masking the Destruction: REDD+ in the Peruvian Amazon

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

  For almost 20 years, the United Nations climate negotiations have promoted the carbon market as the flagship ‘solution’ for...

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Thailand’s New ‘Forestry Master Plan’: Same old strategy dressed up in new clothes

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

    On 31 July 2014, the ‘Forestry Master Plan’ (FMP) was issued by Thailand’s Internal Security Operations Command and...

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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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The green economy, forest peoples and territories: rights violations in the state of Acre

Posted on Dec 8, 2014

Fact-finding and advocacy mission preliminary report, by Cristiane Faustino y Fabrina Furtado Download the preliminary report as pdf...

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REDD: A Collection of Conflicts, Contradictions and Lies

Posted on Dec 3, 2014

REDD: A Collection of Conflicts, Contradictions and Lies presents summaries of reports from 24 REDD projects or programmes with a common...

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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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The curse of palm oil in Cameroon: Pollution, expropriations and land grabbing

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

Local communities affected by the oil palm plantations from the Société des Palmeraies du Cameroun (SOCAPALM) are waging an all-out...

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Thailand: Forest populations need a voice

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

In Thailand, both the army and civilian governments define forests as “wilderness free of inhabitants”, neglecting that tropical...

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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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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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Collection of videos about the impacts of large scale industrial oil palm plantations

Posted on Sep 8, 2014

Continuing with the communications for September 21st, this time we would like to share with all of you a collection of videos that we have...

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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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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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“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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Amazon: Territorial disputes and conflicts

Posted on Jul 4, 2014

“They consider us the periphery of the periphery” Before entering into a discussion of the profound changes taking place in...

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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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Carbon versus food

Posted on Jun 10, 2014

A case study of the “Fair Forest Carbon compensation” project of French company Pur Projet, in the region of San Martin, Peru,...

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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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Stora Enso´s propaganda campaign in Laos

Posted on Jun 10, 2014

Since the Laos government adopted, in 1990, the World Bank´s Tropical Forestry Action Plan, it started with support from International...

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Uruguay: Transnationals lead land grabs in industrial tree plantation sector

Posted on Jun 10, 2014

In the early 1990s, as a result of the Forests Law of 1987, the area covered by tree plantations in Uruguay began to grow rapidly, with...

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Support the Jogbahn Clan in Liberia: Tell Equatorial Palm Oil NO means NO!

Posted on May 13, 2014

Dear friends, our friends from Liberia are requesting our support. The Jogbahn Clan in Liberia is fighting to keep their home....

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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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The expansion of industrial oil palm plantations in Africa: A call for greater solidarity and action 

Posted on May 7, 2014

In late 2013, a group of representatives of African, Indonesian and international NGOs met with members of La Via Campesina and the...

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Indonesia: Struggle against land grabbing of oil palm company PT Hardaya

Posted on Mar 7, 2014

The villagers of Buol District, in Central Sulawesi, have struggled for 20 years to regain their lands. All of their customary lands and...

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Your support in needed! The Sengwer people in Kenya is being forcibly evicted from its territory

Posted on Feb 25, 2014

Dear friends, your support in needed! The Sengwer people – an indigenous hunter-gatherer community in the Cherangany hills in Kenya- is...

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Forced Relocation of Sengwer People proves urgency of canceling REDD

Posted on Feb 25, 2014

February 25, 2014 Download here the full letter in pdf format with the final list of sign-ons  We, the No REDD in Africa Network (NRAN)...

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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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Brazil: Purchase of land held under false title as part of land grabbing for the expansion of pulp plantations

Posted on Dec 23, 2013

The violence and plunder initially carried out by a gang of outlaws and thugs continued in the 1990s with the arrival of the forestry...

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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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Public Meeting: A Burning Issue – biomass and its impacts on forests and communities

Posted on Oct 9, 2013

Tuesday, 29th October 2013 at 7pm. Speakers from Brazil and the US will present first-hand experience of the impacts of the UK’s biomass...

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Agribusiness large-scale land acquisitions and human rights in Southeast Asia

Posted on Sep 11, 2013

Agribusiness large-scale land acquisitions and human rights in Southeast Asia – Updates from Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines,...

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Who is benefitting ? The Social and economic impact of three large scale land investments in Sierra Leone: a cost benefit analysis

Posted on Sep 11, 2013

“Who is benefitting ? The Social and economic impact of three large scale land investments in Sierra Leone: a cost benefit analysis”, a...

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South Africa: Pulp Industry expansion – land-grabbing disguised as community development

Posted on Sep 11, 2013

  During the Apartheid era many South Africans were deprived of their traditional land through laws that led to their displacement...

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Mozambique: Farmers call for resistance to land-grabbing

Posted on Jun 30, 2013

Members of the National Peasants Union, known as UNAC, in Mozambique, and representatives of international nongovernmental organizations...

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Vietnamese land grabs in Cambodia and Laos for rubber plantations: secrecy, destruction and violence

Posted on May 30, 2013

The characteristics of natural rubber make it a competitive material for industrial and medical uses, but products related to...

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Sierra Leone: large scale land acquisition for oil palm business in Pujehun district

Posted on May 30, 2013

A few corporations will concentrate control of more than 75% of the arable land in the Pujehun district for large-scale industrial...

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Land grabbing and the importance of words

Posted on Apr 30, 2013

Among many indigenous peoples, words are considered sacred, and must be used with care. But in today’s digitalized, high-speed,...

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Territoriality vs. Land grabbing

Posted on Apr 30, 2013

According to the dictionary, to “grab” is to seize suddenly or roughly, sometimes forcibly or unscrupulously. It carries a connotation...

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MONOCULTURE TREE PLANTATIONS – Land grabbing for oil palm in the Philippines

Posted on Apr 30, 2013

The indigenous network ALDAW in the Philippines(Ancestral Land/Domain Watch) is deeply concerned about the findings of a recent study it...

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CERTIFICATION – FSC: Certified land grabbing

Posted on Apr 30, 2013

The certification of industrial tree plantations by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has served as a tool to legitimize the large-scale...

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OIL – Land grab for oil: The crude reality of oil drilling in the Niger Delta

Posted on Apr 30, 2013

While land grabbing is generally associated with the taking over of land for large scale monoculture plantations, grown for export-crops or...

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BRICS, development and land grabbing

Posted on Apr 30, 2013

In March 2013, the presidents of the so-called BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – met in Durban, South...

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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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