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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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Rio Tinto in Madagascar: A mine destroying the unique biodiversity of the littoral zone of Fort Dauphin

Posted on Jun 21, 2016

Representatives from the world’s most notorious mining companies are meeting at the ‘Responsible Extractives Summit’ in...

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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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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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Brazil: a mining-induced ecological and social disaster – How much longer?

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

On November 5th, one of the largest environmental disasters in the history of Brazil occurred.  Two dams operated by mining company...

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India: Appeal to the government and the UN on indigenous forest communities’ rights

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The Indian government is producing many proposals to make more profit from the country’s forests. These include wider application of...

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International petition to save the malagasy farmers and local communities against new threats to their lands

Posted on Oct 16, 2015

The platform SIF and Collective TANY call on the Malagasy public opinion and all citizens worldwide to sign a petition to urge the...

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Let’s save malagasy farmers against new threats to their lands

Posted on Oct 16, 2015

  Ladies and gentlemen, The Platform of the Actors on Land – SIF – and the Collective for the Defense of Malagasy Lands – TANY...

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Mining activities and environmental protection in Madagascar

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

    In Madagascar, a big island of 587 000 km2 in the Indian Ocean famous for its exceptional biodiversity and for its subsoil...

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Why are we in jail? A women’s fight against injustice and domination in India

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

. It was 6am. Me and other women comrades had to get ready for a rally and meeting at 10am to oppose the new Land Acquisition Ordinance...

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Liberia: Vambo Community Activists ask for international support against gold mining

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

 Could you tell us who are the Vambo Community Activists?The Vambo Township Development Association is made up of ordinary people...

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Mineral extraction in the province of Nord-Kivu, DRC: present situation and analysis of environmental questions

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

    Reseau CREF (Network for Conservation and Rehabilitation of Forest Ecosystems) is a platform of organizations working on...

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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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Voices of Resistance: Women fighting for life

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

The “Weaving Resistances” project, from the Organization “Democracy and Global Transformation Program” in Peru, shares...

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What are cars made of? From the Brazilian Amazon to the German automakers

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

A recently released documentary exposing the world’s largest iron ore mining project shows the life of the communities impacted by...

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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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Uganda: “A common right”

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

A film from “The Source Project” looks at how communities in the Karamoja region of Uganda have been organising along with the Uganda...

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Wake Up Call: The true costs of consuming technology

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

Minerals of all different kinds (there could be more than 10 varieties in one Smartphone alone) are mined in different countries –...

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African women say No to coal

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

Coal kills people. Coal destroys health and communities’ well being. Coal devastates land, water and ecosystems and Coal is destroying...

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Furthering mining in Africa in a Summit held at the centre of mining finance

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

Members of African and UK civil society and communities sent a letter to the “Mining on Top Africa: London Summit” – a decisive...

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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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Mining, militarization and criminalization of social protests in Latin America

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

  It’s no news that extractive projects throughout Latin America have imposed a model of extraction and export that reaches ever...

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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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Testimony of unsustainability: The experience of the International Articulation of those affected by Vale

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

Currently, the mining sector is one of the main engines of the world´s economic system. In several countries, expropriation cases from...

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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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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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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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Máxima’s story: a peasant woman confronts a powerful mining company in Peru

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

Máxima Acuña, a mother of four in the northern Andes of Peru who was never able to learn to read or write, won a lawsuit against the...

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Women defend mountain lagoons and promote “Living Well”

Posted on Mar 10, 2015

Conga: Lagoons versus mines “I had never been to the lagoons before the marches began and we had to go and defend them. The Elders said...

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Anglo-American in Brazil: another case of public hearings legitimizing destructive corporate projects

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

  Increasingly in many countries, the instrument of ‘public hearings’ further serves to legitimatise corporate projects with...

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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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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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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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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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The criminalization of social protest against mining

Posted on Dec 23, 2013

Photo: http://www.minesandcommunities.org/ The criminalization of social protest upheld by local communities is a worldwide phenomenon. In...

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Why fight against fracking? – VIDEO

Posted on Dec 3, 2013

“¿Por qué luchar contra el fracking?” (Why fight against fracking?), a video in Spanish with English and French...

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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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Opposition to mining in Guatemala leads to repression and death

Posted on Apr 30, 2013

On March 17, several indigenous community leaders from the village of Montaña de Santa María Xalapán, located in southeastern Guatemala...

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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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Malaysia: Penan indigenous peoples threatened by logging and mega dam

Posted on Mar 30, 2013

The native customary land of Penan villagers in Sungai Patah, Baram is now confronted by a double threat coming from the attempt of a...

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Canada: aboriginal movement threatens miners

Posted on Mar 30, 2013

The aboriginal grass-roots movement Idle No More cut off access to the gold-copper-zinc mine of HudBay Minerals Inc, a Toronto-based...

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Philippines: Rally for the revocation of Philippine Mining Act

Posted on Mar 30, 2013

A rally of indigenous groups demanding the revocation of the law marked the 18th year of the Philippine Mining Act . The groups declared...

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Gentle Treasures: Stories of women against mining

Posted on Feb 28, 2013

“Gentle Treasures: Stories of women against mining”, launched in March 2012 by Alyansa Tigil Mina (Alliance to Stop Mining),...

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Philippines: Indigenous women impacted by militarization for large-scale mining

Posted on Feb 28, 2013

The Philippines has a great variety of minerals, including gold, copper, nickel, chromite, manganese, silver and iron. Mineral extraction...

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Open letter from Latin American women’s network to governments and social movements

Posted on Feb 28, 2013

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, March 8, the Red de Mujeres Defensoras de los Derechos Sociales y Ambientales (Latin...

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India: Steel-making POSCO strikes again

Posted on Feb 28, 2013

On 3 February 2013, at around 4 am, twelve police platoons entered Govindpur and Nuagaon villages in Jagatsinghpur district of Orissa...

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MST protests against transnationals: Mining company Vale and pulp and paper company Fibria

Posted on Jan 30, 2013

Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement (MST) has announced, “We are beginning the year 2013 with several struggles, which represent MST’s...

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No to gold mining in French Guiana

Posted on Jan 30, 2013

The French industry ministry recently issued a gold mining permitfor an area in the middle of Guiana Amazonian Park in French...

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Chile: Suspension of work on Pascua Lama mine project

Posted on Jan 7, 2013

A resolution adopted by the Chilean government’s National Geology and Mining Service ordered a temporary but total stoppage of drilling...

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Map of Mining Conflicts in Latin America

Posted on Dec 30, 2012

The Observatory of Mining Conflicts in Latin America (OCMAL) and Latin American Observatory of Environmental Conflicts (OLCA) have...

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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: Indigenous Group Blocks VALE Railway

Posted on Dec 14, 2012

The Pindaré Caru indigenous movement, composed of the Guajajara and Awá people, blocked the VALE multinational mining railway this past...

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Large Scale Mining

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

This corporate-driven activity is one of the main causes of tropical forest destruction, causing also pollution and other negative impacts...

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Brazil: The fast expansion of oil palm in the Amazon region

Posted on Sep 30, 2012

The area planted with oil palm trees in Brazil used to be relatively small as compared to other countries producing this plant in Latin...

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Palawan: Our Struggle for Nature and Culture – VIDEO

Posted on Aug 30, 2012

A video documentary launched on July 27 by ALDAW, showing the cultural values of Palawan and the encroachment of mining operations in...

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Philippines: Continuing the campaign against mining in Palawan

Posted on Aug 30, 2012

ATM (the Alliance Against Mining), the largest anti-mining network in the Philippines, has issued a press release reporting that President...

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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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Malaysia: Baram Dam would flood indigenous communities to benefit mining in Borneo

Posted on Jul 30, 2012

The current government of Sarawak, a Malaysian state on the island of Borneo, is planning to build 12 hydroelectric dams which would...

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Greenwash Gold winner 2012: Mining company Rio Tinto

Posted on Jul 1, 2012

Some of the world’s most disreputable corporations – like Rio Tinto, Dow and BP – are providing sponsorship to the Olympics Games,...

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Indonesia: Police Brutality in support of the Bima Gold Mine Project

Posted on Jan 30, 2012

The Indonesian police attacked a peaceful demonstration in SAPE Harbor on December 24, 2011, killing three persons and injuring at least...

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Mega-projects and the criminalization of struggles to defend people’s rights in India and Honduras

Posted on Dec 30, 2011

Since December is the month in which International Human Rights Day is commemorated, we feel it is urgent to highlight the cases of two...

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Philippines: Rally to stop Chinese mining in Palawan!

Posted on Nov 30, 2011

On 10 November, indigenous peoples and farmer communities with people’ s organization ALDAW gathered in Brooke’s Point city,...

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Indonesia: Sources of livelihood threatened by REDD+, mining and oil palm projects

Posted on Oct 30, 2011

The Dayak have inhabited the forest in Kalimantan for a long time before the current State of Indonesia was established....

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“Sustainable” mining: a contradiction in terms

Posted on Jun 30, 2011

One of the natural resource extraction activities that generates the most negative impacts, while also generating the most profits, is...

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European Union: Take the metals and run

Posted on Jun 30, 2011

Faced with rising prices for raw materials and the hoarding of minerals by certain emerging economies, Europe is sharpening its claws. And,...

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Mining and resistance

Posted on Jun 30, 2011

That mining can pose a threat to the integrity of forests is obvious. Clearance of surface vegetation and soils to gain access to...

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Saca el metal y corre. Los países emergentes, la Unión Europea y las materias primas no energéticas del Sur global

Posted on Jun 16, 2011

Only available in Spanish  – By Guadalupe Rodríguez, Salva la Selva. El acceso y abastecimiento de materias primas no energéticas,...

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El oro de Colombia: rebelión social contra explotaciones mineras sin control

Posted on Jun 15, 2011

Only available in Spanish – Por Guadalupe Rodríguez,  Salva la Selva El precio del oro está en alza por décimo año consecutivo,...

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Iron mining threatens Guatemalan mangroves

Posted on Jun 6, 2011

Government authorities in Guatemala continue to promote metal mining, despite the widespread opposition of local communities and indigenous...

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Mining and indigenous women in the Philippines

Posted on Jun 6, 2011

There are around 110 ethno-linguistic groups in the Philippines and they constitute almost 15% of our population. Most of them live in...

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New UNEP report calls for reduced mineral resource consumption

Posted on Jun 6, 2011

A new report released by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), titled “Decoupling natural resource use and environmental...

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Mining for REDD in Indonesia

Posted on Jun 6, 2011

In 2009, Rio Tinto, one of the world biggest mining companies, explained how it hoped that it could use REDD, “as an economic tool to...

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Colombia: Popular revolt against gold mining

Posted on Jun 6, 2011

The price of gold is rising for the tenth consecutive year. As a result, more and more investors, financial market operators and central...

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Philippines: Attempts to undermine local resistance to mining

Posted on Jun 6, 2011

The Palawan Province has the best-conserved and most ecologically diverse forest in the Philippines inhabited by vulnerable indigenous...

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Mining in Africa

Posted on Jun 6, 2011

The natural and environmental resources of Africa like land, minerals, gas, oil, timber, territorial waters among others have been the...

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India: Saving Niyamgiri from mining

Posted on Jun 6, 2011

In a state such as Orissa in which Dalit and tribal groups comprise nearly 40% of the total population, the issue of ‘access’ to land...

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Philippines: A call to stop mining in Palawan

Posted on Apr 30, 2011

SAY NO to mining in Palawan Province, the home of the best-conserved and most ecologically diverse forest in the Philippines. Sign the...

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India: POSCO project approved but the struggle continues

Posted on Feb 28, 2011

On January 31, 2011, the Indian movement POSCO Pratirodh Sangram Samiti (POSCO Resistance Struggle Movement) issued a press release to...

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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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Philippines: Deforestation through mining subsidized by CDM project

Posted on Dec 30, 2010

In the Philippines, mining, along with logging, has been among the forces behind the country’s loss of forest cover: from 17 million...

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Guatemala: minería de hierro amenaza manglares del Pacífico

Posted on Jul 29, 2010

Si vemos un mapa de la cobertura forestal de la república de Guatemala, podremos observar que a lo largo de la línea costera del...

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Madagascar: Forest communities impacted by a Rio Tinto mine

Posted on Apr 29, 2010

Madagascar is the world’s fourth largest island and is usually portrayed as being one of the poorest countries in Africa, with over...

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No shining legacy: Women start organising against gold mining in Thailand

Posted on Mar 30, 2010

The lush green rice paddies, vegetable fields, forested mountains and quiet villages in the Wangsaphung district of the Loei province of...

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Mexico: Opposition to Blackfire mining operations ends in murder

Posted on Dec 30, 2009

A full 41% of the Sierra Madre region in the Mexican state of Chiapas – 227,000 square kilometres of land, equivalent to one half of the...

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Posco: Destroying forests in India and establishing carbon sink plantations in Uruguay

Posted on Oct 30, 2009

Uruguay and the Republic of Korea have recently signed an Agreement for Investment Promotion and Protection which, according to Uruguayan...

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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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Colombia: Militarized mining tramples ancestral rights of indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities in the Chocó

Posted on Feb 27, 2009

The Chocó is a biogeographical region that forms part of the neotropics (meaning that it contains the largest area of tropical...

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India: A human chain to defend Niyamgiri Hill from mining

Posted on Feb 27, 2009

The Niyamgiri Hill, in Orissa, an outstanding natural beauty place rising more than one thousand meters, has some of the most pristine and...

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Carta Pública desde Honduras sobre la Industria Minera

Posted on Jul 16, 2007

Only available in Spanish  – Señor Manuel Zelaya Rosales, Presidente de la República Señor Roberto Micheletti, Presidente del...

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Picture of Women’s Life Devastation by Mining in East Kalimantan, Indonesia

Posted on Dec 16, 2005

By Haris Retno Susmiyati More than 35 % of Indonesian upland territory has been licensed as mining concession, of which 11.4 million...

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Mining. Social and Environmental Impacts

Posted on Mar 8, 2004

This book includes a selection of articles published in the World Rainforest Movement’s (WRM) monthly electronic bulletin on the subject...

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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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Undermining the forests. The need to control transnational mining companies: a Canadian case study

Posted on Jan 16, 2000

by Forest Peoples Programme, Philippine Indigenous Peoples Links and the World Rainforest Movement The second in a series of reports on...

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