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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India: The Parliament violates forest people’s rights and promotes further plantations

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

The Indian Parliament approved this July a passage from the Compensatory Afforestation Fund, better known as CAMPA Bill, which seeks to...

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Protect Liberia’s unique forest heritage!

Posted on Jul 15, 2016

Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL), a palm oil company, holds hundreds of thousands hectares of land as an agricultural concession. GVL is now...

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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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“New forests for Africa”:  A nice slogan for promoting industrial tree plantations?

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

  A conference called “Forests for the Future: New Forests for Africa” has taken place on March 16 and 17 in Ghana (1). A...

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Brazil: The monoculture eucalyptus company, Veracel Celulosa, is trying to evict indigenous Pataxó from their land

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

The Pataxós of Nueva Esperanza village—in the municipality of Itamarajú in the southern tip of Bahía state—are under threat of...

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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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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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The contradictions behind the “Zero Deforestation” pledge

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The UN climate negotiations in Paris will again put a lot of emphasis on forests, which are seen as mere carbon stores. One of the most...

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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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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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West Papua Oil Palm Atlas: The companies behind the plantation explosion

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

During the last few decades, Indonesia’s oil palm industry has been growing rapidly, but with the vast majority of this expansion on the...

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Brazil– mining company VALE promoting oil palm in Pará: Impacts of the “green economy”

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

In the 19th century, the region around Belém, capital of the Amazon State of Pará, Brazil, witnessed the so-called...

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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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Plantations are not forests!

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

In September 2015, the UN Organization for Food and Agriculture (FAO) will held the World Forestry Congress in Durban, South Africa, on the...

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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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Organizations protest against the XIV FAO World Forestry Congress

Posted on Sep 9, 2015

On the occasion of the XIV World Forestry Congress, organized by the FAO in Durban, South Africa, between 7 and 11 September, we, members...

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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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Stora Enso and GM trees: Intensifying destruction of forests and peoples

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

  Stora-Enso, a giant Swedish-Finnish industrial forestry company and one of the largest producers of pulp and paper in the world, is...

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While FAO celebrates the International Day of Forests, artificial trees advance: genetically engineered “forests”

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

For several years now the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has celebrated the International Day of Forests on...

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United Nations’ 2015 International Day of Forests. Theme: “Forests / Climate / Change”. What change? 

Posted on Mar 20, 2015

Download as pdf here. Also available in Bahasa The aim of this document is to respond to this year’s campaign for March 21 carried out by...

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This is not sustainable

Posted on Mar 20, 2015

This two-minutes video is a rebuttal of the one-minute video produced by FAO for International Day of Forests. The video aims to challenge...

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Greed and Resistance in Sarawak’s Rainforest

Posted on Mar 6, 2015

The recently released book “Money Logging” documents the local politics, international complicity and dedicated resistance in the...

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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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Indonesia: Wilmar continues to engage with suppliers that clear orangutan habitat, forested deep peatlands and high carbon stock forests

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

Despite the fancy PR campaigns of Asia’s giant agribusiness group Wilmar praising itself for its “No Deforestation” policy, the...

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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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Tree factories: An overview of the impacts and interests behind GE trees

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

Genetic engineering allows scientists to modify trees by inserting genetic material from another tree of the same species, from another...

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Beware the bioeconomy

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

    Just a few years ago forestry giant Weyerhauser, a US-based logging company, began running a series of intriguing adverts in...

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EU support for wood-based ‘bioenergy’ fuels forest destruction and land-grabbing

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

    Back in 2009, the European Union agreed on a 20% renewable energy target by 2020. Most of the target is expected to be met...

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10th Anniversary of the International Day of Struggle against Monoculture Plantations

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

Dismantle the power of transnational plantation corporations! There is no “smart monoculture”: Support the People’s Climate...

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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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When forests aren’t really forests: the high cost of Chile’s tree plantations,

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

According to Global Forest Watch, Chile’s forests are expanding. On the ground, however, a different scene plays out: monocultures have...

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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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Licence to Launder

Posted on Jun 10, 2014

A report by Greenpeace that reveals how the oil palm plantation being developed by the US based Herakles Farms in the southwest region of...

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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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RSPO: fake promises promoting further oil palm plantations expansion

Posted on May 7, 2014

Industrial oil palm plantations have been expanding in many countries in the global South, increasingly in Africa and Latin America,...

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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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Indonesia – How RSPO addressed concerns raised against First Resources, one of its members

Posted on May 7, 2014

A short video “Manufacturing Consent”, (4) shows how PT Borneo representatives came to the Muara Tae village on 18 August 2011, asking...

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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: Palm oil company PT Kallista Alam sentenced to multi-million-dollar fine for burning forests

Posted on Feb 5, 2014

    A court in the province of Aceh, Sumatra has found palm oil company PT Kallista Alam guilty of illegally burning forested...

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The unequal and perverse exchange between Nigeria and colonialist corporate powers: from fossil fuels to industrial oil palm plantations and REDD

Posted on Dec 3, 2013

    Fossil fuels began to replace wood as an energy source in England in the 18th Century, a switch that went hand-in-hand with...

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Oil Palm in Africa. Voices from the communities

Posted on Sep 13, 2013

Industrial oil palm plantations are rapidly expanding, not only in Liberia. In many African countries expansion projects are happening and...

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Indonesia: Timber monocultures destroying indigenous’ lands and livelihood

Posted on Sep 11, 2013

  Here in Indonesia, ever since a child entered the school, he/she has been familiar with “Merauke” through a patriotic song...

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Cambodia: The curse of concessions

Posted on Sep 11, 2013

The company promised to increase forest cover but they planted cassava; cassava is not a tree; a cassava plantation is not a...

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Expansion of palm oil in the Brazilian Amazon: an analysis of impacts on family farm in north-eastern Pará

Posted on Sep 11, 2013

“Expansion of palm oil in the Brazilian Amazon: an analysis of impacts on family farm in north-eastern Pará” Reporter Brazil...

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Liberia: Plantation expansion and the plunder of a continent

Posted on Sep 11, 2013

  “Liberians are healthier, better fed, have more income, consume more, are more literate and enjoy the greatest amount of freedom...

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Oil palm in Africa: past, present and future scenarios – 2013 update

Posted on Aug 30, 2013

Original version by Ricardo Carrere – updated by the WRM in 2013. Oil palm is a traditional native crop for West and Central African...

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Uruguay: New funds for industrial tree plantations

Posted on Jun 30, 2013

t was recently reported that the pulp and paper consortium Montes del Plata, a joint venture between Swedish-Finnish forestry giant Stora...

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Brazil: Threat of monoculture eucalyptus plantation expansion in the Northeast

Posted on May 30, 2013

The Araripe Plateau, as an elevated region, plays a key role in maintaining the local microclimate and in the region’s water cycle. It...

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MONOCULTURE TREE PLANTATIONS – Uganda – Promotion of plantation agriculture – a disgrace to human kind and environment

Posted on Apr 30, 2013

Uganda like many other African countries is in the campaign drive of promoting plantations under the guise of creating income and other...

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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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Oil palm company Wilmar considered to be responsible for tropical deforestation

Posted on Mar 30, 2013

The Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), one of the world’s biggest investors in the palm oil industry, has found that the...

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Tree plantations in the South to generate energy in the North: A new threat to communities and forests

Posted on Mar 9, 2013

Apparently out of concern over climate change and the urgent need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions produced by the burning of fossil...

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The new trend: Large-scale bioenergy production from wood biomass

Posted on Jan 30, 2013

In this issue of the WRM Bulletin we analyze the large-scale generation of energy from wood biomass. This is a new trend which,...

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Biomass and Bioenergy

Posted on Jan 30, 2013

Biomass is the oldest energy source used by humans. It is found in abundance in almost every part of the planet and today, more than two...

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Manufacturing Consent – VIDEO

Posted on Dec 30, 2012

“Manufacturing Consent” is a film that features evidence and first-hand testimony of the abuses of PT Borneo Surya Mining Jaya (PT...

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Indonesia: RSPO fails to take action against a company bulldozing ancestral forests and perpetrating human rights abuses

Posted on Dec 30, 2012

The certifying body Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has failed to act against a company looking for RSPO’s seal which has...

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Cameroon: Major impacts of oil palm agribusiness on food sovereignty and livelihoods

Posted on Oct 30, 2012

  In a context of massive land concessions in the country over the last five years – be it the expansion of existing...

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São Tomé and Príncipe: Biodiversity threatened by oil palm plantations

Posted on Oct 30, 2012

São Tomé and Príncipe is one of the countries on the West African coast that stands out when it comes to biodiversity. For this reason,...

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Indonesia: Farmers struggle against industrial oil palm and acacia plantations in defense of their land and food sovereignty

Posted on Oct 30, 2012

The struggle in Geragai District Up to 2011, a total of 18 companies had licenses over forest areas for a total of 663,809 ha distributed...

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Large Scale Monoculture Tree Plantations

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

These are typically large-scale, intensively managed, even-aged monoculture plantations, mostly exotic trees like fast-growing eucalyptus,...

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Portugal: Petition to protest the “eucalyptization” of the country

Posted on Oct 23, 2012

  This past September 21, to mark the International Day Against Monoculture Tree Plantations, the Portuguese environmental...

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September 21st – International Day against Monoculture Tree Plantations

Posted on Sep 30, 2012

This September we pay tribute once again to the men and women around the world who have taken up different struggles against monoculture...

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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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Indonesia: Bayat Society Builds Life

Posted on Sep 30, 2012

Timber Plantation concessions are a model of forest exploitation conducted by corporations in Indonesia. More than 9 million hectares of...

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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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Chile: Serious impacts of FSC certified tree plantation company

Posted on Sep 30, 2012

The results of a research study carried out in different region, in 2010, by the Association of Forest Engineers for Native Forests were...

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Uruguay: Investment Funds charged with illegal afforestation in protected area

Posted on Sep 30, 2012

The Quebrada de los Cuervos canyon, located in the mountains of the Treinta y Tres District, was the first area to be registered as one of...

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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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Nigeria: Cocoa plantation project threatens pristine forest lands of the Etara and Ekuri-Eyeyeng

Posted on Jul 30, 2012

The tropical moist forest area of Cross River state has the largest area of tropical forest in the country. Approximately 8,500 square...

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An overview of industrial tree plantations in the global South: conflicts, trends, and resistance struggles.

Posted on Jun 11, 2012

After many years of supporting local struggles and disseminating information from different countries on tree monocultures and its impacts,...

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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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Public response of WRM to Forest Trends

Posted on Mar 30, 2012

The article: “Environmental services and the promotion of the commodification and financialization of nature: Forests, tree plantations...

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Honduras: Women fighting for land against a backdrop of violence and murders

Posted on Mar 30, 2012

Men and women peasant farmers in the Bajo Aguán valley in Honduras are suffering violent repression after organizing and taking action to...

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Chile: Forest fires and repression, the legacy of the industrial tree plantation model

Posted on Jan 30, 2012

The new year got off to a fiery start in Chile, as seen in the national and international news reports of the devastating forest fires...

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Brazil: The definition of forest – another front for resistance and reconquest

Posted on Jan 30, 2012

The year 2011 was declared the International Year of Forests by the United Nations. Major international events such as the climate...

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Industrial monoculture tree plantations in South Africa: The culture of traditional healers versus the culture of consumption

Posted on Jan 30, 2012

In the reports about the effects of industrial tree plantations of eucalyptus, pine or oil palm on peoples’ lives, negative impacts...

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Philippines: The increasing menace of oil palm plantations in Palawan

Posted on Jan 30, 2012

Palawan, located between the Sulu and South China seas, is one of the most beautiful islands of the Philippine archipelago. The island is...

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Oil palm plantations behind land-grabbing in Sierra Leone

Posted on Jan 30, 2012

During 11 years – from 1991 to 2002 – a harsh civil war fueled by the inequitable distribution of power and resources decimated...

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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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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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Colombia: Monoculture tree plantations threaten land and food sovereignty

Posted on Oct 30, 2011

For more than 20 years, Colombia has seen the ongoing expansion of monoculture tree plantations, to the benefit of transnational companies...

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STOP the expansion of monoculture tree plantations! – Montevideo Declaration

Posted on Sep 21, 2011

September 21, 2011 – Montevideo, Uruguay On the occasion of the International Day of Struggle Against Tree Plantations, September 21st,...

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Fast-wood Plantations, Economic Concessions and Local Livelihoods in Cambodia

Posted on Aug 1, 2011

By the NGO Forum on Cambodia – Final Report. Field Investigations in Koh Kong, Kampong Speu, Pursat, Kampong Chhnang, Mondolkiri,...

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Chile: A disastrous forestry model with new “branches” in Latin America

Posted on May 5, 2011

What the big forestry companies have done with our territories in Chile is so devastating, so sad and so irreversible that it brings to the...

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Malaysia: Landmark decision against oil palm joint venture companies

Posted on May 5, 2011

The High Court in Kuching, the capital city of the East Malaysian state of Sarawak in the island of Borneo, has made a landmark decision...

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Uruguay: The power of the plantation and pulp company Montes del Plata

Posted on May 5, 2011

Montes del Plata is the name of the joint venture created for operations in Uruguay by two forestry, pulp and paper transnationals: Arauco...

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APP and Cartiere Pigna try to intimidate social denounces in Italy of deforestation in Indonesia

Posted on Feb 28, 2011

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) is a giant pulp and paper company with a notorious eco-criminal record. It is responsible of deforesting...

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Short animation – Let’s define forests by their true meaning

Posted on Feb 16, 2011

Also available in: Afrikaans, Aymara, Catala, Chinese, Dutch, Finish, German, Bosnian, Italian, Maori, Mapuche, Maya Kaqchikel, Maya...

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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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Chikweti plantations in Mozambique: Will the FSC continue certifying the uncertifiable?

Posted on Dec 30, 2010

The FSC (Forest Stewardship Council)website has announced that the company Chikweti Forests of Niassa, which operates in the province of...

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MONOCULTURES ON THE MARCH IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

Posted on Sep 29, 2010

“The crucial characteristic of monocultures is that they do not merely displace alternatives, they destroy their own basis. They are...

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MONOCULTURE TREE PLANTATIONS IN LATIN AMERICA – HOW, WHY, FOR WHOM

Posted on Sep 29, 2010

The territories that make up what is known today as Latin America have two main features in the eyes of big corporations and business...

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Mozambique: Video and Publication on the expansion of tree plantations

Posted on May 30, 2010

The government of Mozambique is in the process of expanding large-scale monocultures of alien, fast-growing tree species, mainly...

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Brazil: Communities hit by monoculture eucalyptus plantations exchange experiences in Minas Gerais

Posted on Apr 29, 2010

On 19 and 20 March this year, peasant, indigenous and quilombola* communities and movements from the States of Espirito Santo and Bahia who...

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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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Hiding monoculture oil palm plantations under a business-friendly “forest” definition

Posted on Feb 27, 2010

An article published on the website EUobserver.com (1) informs that “a draft commission communication offering guidance to EU member...

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Indonesia: Government proposes 21 million hectares of plantations to meet climate targets

Posted on Jan 30, 2010

There are two realities in the forestry sector in Indonesia. In one, the forests continue to be destroyed, peatswamps are drained, forests...

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