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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Protect Liberia’s unique forest heritage!

Posted on Aug 30, 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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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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“To enjoy full health, we want to make a difference”: A woman’s voice from the forests of Brazil

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

Francisca Maria is 36 years old, mother of 3 children, married for 17 years. She is also a leader in the community of São Raimundo. São...

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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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Peasant mobilizations in Cameroon

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

Socapalm and Safacam are two companies controlled by Socfin, a multinational agribusiness specialized in the cultivation of oil palm and...

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Strategies and tactics companies use to promote the expansion of oil palm plantations in the face of resistance from surrounding communities

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

From January 28-31, 2016, in Mundemba in southwest Cameroon, two international meetings took place on the expansion of oil palm...

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Let´s stop further destruction by Bidco Africa industrial oil palm plantations

Posted on Jun 10, 2016

Dear friends, we ask for your support. Our colleagues from the No2Bidco Campaign in Uganda and Kenya have contacted us to request support...

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Mundemba declaration and statement of solidarity

Posted on Apr 15, 2016

Women, communities say NO to the expansion of oil palm plantations and industrial palm oil Each year on 17 April, peasants and food...

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Statement of solidarity with the communities of Ndian Division, Southwest Region of Cameroon

Posted on Apr 15, 2016

We are 40 participants who have united in Mundemba, Cameroon, for an international workshop on the tactics and strategies of oil palm...

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International Condemnation: Honduras – End the violence and death against the peasant-indigenous movement

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

La Vía Campesina denounces the grave criminalization taking place in Honduras today in the form of prisons, repression and the...

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Justice for Berta Cáceres and COPINH

Posted on Mar 5, 2016

Berta Cáceres, coordinator of the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), was murdered on Thursday,...

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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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Forestry Community Forum: Community mobilisation in plantation forestry

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The Forestry Community Forum is an organisation of dwellers and labour tenants residing in plantation forestry / worker villages in the...

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International Civil Society Alarmed by Conviction of Cameroonian Environmental Human Rights Defender

Posted on Nov 11, 2015

November 9, 2015 Oakland, CA—Cameroonian authorities must stop the harassment of Nasako Besingi, environmental human rights defender,...

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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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Democratic Republic of Congo: “We need justice to be made”

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

Interview with Jean-François Mombia on oil palm plantations Could you tell us what is the RIAO-RDC (Information and Support Network for...

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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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International Day of Struggle against Monoculture Tree Plantations 2015

Posted on Sep 17, 2015

On September 21st we celebrate the International Day of Struggle against Tree Monocultures. This date, that was launched in 2004, in...

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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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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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Bolloré and Socfin count their profits in Luxemburg while conflicts persist in their African and Asian plantations

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

While the shareholders of Socfin hold their annual general meeting at the Bel-Air Hotel in Luxembourg on 27 May, 300 people from six...

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Stop the corporate fire in Chile! Forest fires and their causes

Posted on May 6, 2015

Forest fires in the south of Chile have been very aggressive this year, affecting thousands of hectares of forests from three protected...

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Women peasants preventing GM trees release in Brazil!

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

In the morning of 5 March 2015, 1,000 women from the Landless Rural Workers Movement in Brazil (MST) occupied the area of field trials...

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US Greenlights First GE Tree for commercialization

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

In an unprecedented and alarming move, the United States Department of Agriculture has given GE tree company ArborGen permission to pursue...

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Activate Resistance against Monocultures

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

A video produced by Radio Mundo Real, in collaboration with the Alliance for Biodiversity, Friends of the Earth Latin America and the...

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“Transgenics are not welcome”. Interview with André Hl Dallagnol of the Brazilian NGO Terra de Direitos (Land of Rights)

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

  FuturaGene, a subsidiary of Suzano Papel e Celulose, one of Brazil’s largest pulp and paper producers, has requested to the...

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GMO Trees Approved in Brazil: Common Sense & Precaution Ignored

Posted on Apr 9, 2015

  Decision made in violation of national law and international protocols Montevideo, UY and New York, NY (9 April 2015)–The...

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URGENT CALL: A farmer and environmental defenders activist murdered by Security Force of PT. WKS, a subsidiary of Asia Pulp and Paper – Sinar Mas Group

Posted on Mar 4, 2015

JAMBI-INDONESIA: A farmer and environmental defenders activist murdered by Security Force of PT. WKS (Wirakarya Sakti), a subsidiary of...

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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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Papua-Wide meeting calls for 10 year Moratorium on Plantation and Forestry Industries

Posted on Feb 24, 2015

Representatives of indigenous communities, environmentalists and human rights defenders from all over West Papua met in Jayapura (4th-7th...

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Brazil: The countless problems surrounding the Suzano corporation  

Posted on Feb 23, 2015

In late 2013, the international organization Biofuelwatch, in conjunction with WRM and the Brazilian NGO CEPEDES, published a case study...

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Guatemala: Grassroots organizations criticise palm oil roundtable consultation  

Posted on Feb 23, 2015

Several grassroots organizations in Guatemala released a statement criticizing the public consultation process of the corporate social...

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Declaration of the People’s Summit on Climate Change, Lima, Peru

Posted on Dec 21, 2014

The People’s Summit on Climate Change was held December 8-11 in opposition to the false solutions being discussed at the UN climate...

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Legal action in defence of the rights of nature of the Tangabana páramo

Posted on Dec 21, 2014

The Ecuadorian environmental defence organization YASunidos has joined with Acción Ecológica and the indigenous pastorate of Chimborazo...

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An alternative to “alternatives”

Posted on Dec 21, 2014

There’s an old joke in the US about a public prosecutor who starts to build a case against the Mafia in her city. One day she...

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The complex debate about alternatives

Posted on Dec 20, 2014

This last World Rainforest Movement bulletin of the year 2014 focuses on an issue that is somehow present in all of the local struggles...

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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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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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Indigenous Peoples and farmers from Palawan in the Philippines submit a petition -signed by more than 4,200 people- to the government calling for a moratorium on oil palm expansion province wide – Press Release

Posted on Oct 16, 2014

Joint IPs/Farmers Coalition Hits Oil Palm Expansion in Palawan A press release by the Coalition against Land Grabbing (CALG), 13 October,...

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Colombia – Murmullos entre los eucaliptos

Posted on Oct 2, 2014

Ony available in Spanish. Más de 100 personas entre estudiantes, ambientalistas, activistas sociales y dirigentes comunitarios, se...

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International declaration in solidarity with the peoples of Honduras in the face of the expansion of African palm plantations in their territories

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

Representatives of organizations from different Latin American countries and of international networks met together in La Ceiba, Honduras,...

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Brazil: organizations issued a letter opposing commercial use of transgenic eucalyptus by Suzano, but could only do so after the public hearing

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

On September 4 a public hearing in Brasilia considered the application of FuturaGene, owned by the Suzano pulp and paper company, to grow...

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Forum in Honduras denounces impacts of African palm expansion. “They are growing palms everywhere and leaving us without food.”

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

Rapid expansion of African palm cultivation in Honduras has had profound social and environmental consequences for the black, indigenous...

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Uganda: Carbon plantations generate benefits for foreign investors and certifiers while communities pay prize of displaced livelihoods

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

The commercial tree plantation located in the Kiboga District, the ‘cattle corridor’ of mid-western Uganda, under the name of...

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Honduras: Criminalization of the Garifuna people defending their territory from the advance of the African palm

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

  In the early 17th century, during the colonial era, shipwrecked Africans reached the Caribbean coast, inhabited by the Kalinagu or...

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GE Trees: Threatening North America’s Native Forests

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

  A genetically engineered (GE) tree is a tree whose DNA has been modified using genetic engineering techniques. In most cases the...

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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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In view of the serious situation caused by expansion of Monocultures of African Palm in Honduras – International Declaration

Posted on Sep 12, 2014

In the framework of the Latin American forum on “Large scale monocultures in Latin America, land grabbing and threats to biodiversity and...

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Women groups converge in parallel to the Southern Africa Development Community Heads of State Summit (14-18 August)

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

Women from all corners of the Southern African region descended on Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, to participate in the People’s Summit. They aimed...

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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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Forests in Mozambique face extinction

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

Mozambique used to be rich in forests. Nowadays, not only can it not be considered a rich country, but its forests are also at risk of...

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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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Land grabber’s paradise: Cameroonian environmentalist faces trial, while charges against his attackers mysteriously “disappear”

Posted on Jun 17, 2014

Press release by GRAIN | Oakland Institute | World Rainforest Movement Contacts: Nasako Besingi, Struggle to Economize Future Environment...

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Cameroon: Call to action against Herakles Farms

Posted on Jun 10, 2014

In a context of massive land concessions in Cameroon over the last five years, apresidential decision in 2013 to grant the US based company...

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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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Nigeria: Stop Corporate Land Bazaar in Edo State!

Posted on May 7, 2014

Okomu Oil Palm Plc, the Dangote Group and United Food Industries Ltd representing Indonesia’s Salim Group are to benefit from plans...

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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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Malaysia, Sarawak: Native customary landowners continue to protest against large scale oil palm plantation schemes

Posted on May 7, 2014

The State Government of Sarawak has issued a provisional lease for an oil palm plantation scheme to Woodijaya Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of...

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Indonesia – Interview with Sawitwatch about the impacts of industrial oil palm plantations in Indonesia and the experience with the RSPO

Posted on May 7, 2014

With about 11.5 million hectares in 2011, Indonesia concentrates the biggest area of industrial oil palm plantations globally, followed by...

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Protestors denounce pact to transform rural region of Brazil into a “eucalyptus desert”

Posted on Apr 5, 2014

On March 8, 2014, peasant farmers from organizations including the MPA, MST, MMC, Quilombolas, the Union of Rural Workers of Mucuri and...

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Environmental Justice Atlas

Posted on Apr 5, 2014

Environmental Justice Atlas, by EJOLT, a large EU project bringing science and society together to catalogue ecological distribution...

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Nigeria: Okomu Oil Palm Company – destroying communities for oil palm expansion

Posted on Mar 7, 2014

Okomu Oil Palm, which operates in the palm oil as well as rubber production business, was established in 1976 as a Federal Government of...

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Sierra Leone: Report by Green Scenery on land confrontation with SOCFIN

Posted on Mar 7, 2014

One month after the confrontation between land owners in the SahnMalen Chiefdom, Pujehun District in southern Sierra Leone and the SOCFIN...

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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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Chile: Tree plantation companies and indigenous rights, a longstanding conflict

Posted on Mar 7, 2014

Historically, relations between Mapuche indigenous communities and the forestry industry have been marked by conflict, primarily because...

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Your support is needed: Cameroon activists on trial for peaceful protest against Wall Street land grabber

Posted on Jan 29, 2014

Herakles Farms is engaged in the development of a controversial 20,000 ha oil palm plantation in the South-West Region of Cameroon that...

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Letter sent by several NGOs to relevant UN Special Rapporteurs requesting they investigate and intervene in these cases of acts of repression and criminalisation of local organisations and activists in Cameroon

Posted on Jan 29, 2014

On 29 January 2014, a letter was sent by several NGOs to relevant UN Special Rapporteurs requesting they investigate and intervene in these...

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Your support is needed: Cameroon activists on trial for peaceful protest against Wall Street land grabber

Posted on Jan 29, 2014

Herakles Farms is engaged in the development of a controversial 20,000 ha oil palm plantation in the South-West Region of Cameroon that...

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Sierra Leone farmers reject land grab for oil palm plantation

Posted on Dec 23, 2013

On December 9, 2013, a meeting was called in Pujehun District over the lease of 6,500 hectares of prime farmland in this southeastern part...

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Cameroon: Opposition to Herakles Farms’ oil palm project on native lands

Posted on Dec 23, 2013

Photo: credito: Greenpeace/Alex Yallop On 25 November 2013, the President of Cameroon issued three decrees granting 19,843 ha of native...

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Calabar Declaration

Posted on Nov 18, 2013

   Also available in French We, members of communities affected by industrial monoculture oil palm plantations, including peasant...

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FSC consultation and complaints procedures: the case of Veracel Celulose in Brazil

Posted on Sep 29, 2013

For many years WRM has been denouncing the FSC certification of monoculture tree plantations. The scale of these monocultures is one of...

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OLCA en el Día Internacional de Lucha contra los Monocultivo de Árboles

Posted on Sep 21, 2013

Only available in Spanish – Este 21 de septiembre, día internacional de la lucha contra los monocultivo de árboles, OLCA pone a...

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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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Philippines: Indigenous organizations challenge oil palm companies in Palawan

Posted on Sep 11, 2013

  Few places in Southeast Asia can match the distinction of Palawan, in the Philippines. This is home to seven protected areas, a...

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São Tomé and Príncipe: Popular resistance succeeds in curbing the expansion of industrial oil palm plantations

Posted on Sep 11, 2013

  In one of his last works – “Oil palm in Africa: Past, present and future scenarios”, published in December 2010 – our...

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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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Brazil: Industrial eucalyptus plantations in southwest Bahia – conflicts and confrontations

Posted on Sep 11, 2013

  The Brazilian countryside, since the time of colonization, has always been the target of capitalist appropriation, driven by the...

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The RSPO challenged in Honduras and Germany

Posted on Sep 11, 2013

  Millions of hectares of industrial oil palm plantations have been expanding in many countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America...

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Activities in Ecuador on the International Day for the Defence of Mangrove Ecosystems

Posted on Jul 30, 2013

The Martín Pescador Centre, devoted to the marketing of products and the revaluation of the culture of the ancestral peoples of the...

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Philippines: campaign against oil palm expansion

Posted on Mar 30, 2013

ALDAW has just launched a massive campaign against oil palm expansion. A petition launched through care.org is addressed to the National...

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The Dark Side of the Green – VIDEO

Posted on Mar 30, 2013

A movie of An BACCAERT, Nico MUÑOZ and Cristiano NAVARRO (Directors) Production of Directors – 2011 32 ‘ In the south region...

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Étude sur l’impact des plantations agro-industrielles de palmiers à huile et d’hévéas sur les populations du Gabon

Posted on Mar 2, 2013

Only available in French By Franck Ndijimbi. The NGO Brainforest, in collaboration with FERN and WRM, has conducted this study on the...

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Nigeria: Environmentalist threatened for his denounces against Wilmar’s oil palm plantations

Posted on Feb 28, 2013

The Singapore based agribusiness giant Wilmar – is expanding its operations in Africa. It already has approximately 50,000 hectares...

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Liberia: Action against the expansion of oil palm plantations by Sime Darby and Golden Veroleum

Posted on Feb 28, 2013

The three leading Liberian civil society organizations Sustainable Development Institute (SDI), Save My Future Foundation (SAMFU), and...

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Mozambique: Action in defense of peasants’ right to food

Posted on Feb 28, 2013

The organization Fian International – for the right to adequate food, began an action in October 2012 to end on 30 April 2013 in...

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Local Struggles Against Plantations

Posted on Feb 26, 2013

The expansion of large-scale tree monoculture plantations give rise to intense conflicts with local communities because of the broad range...

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Your urgent support requested: help release peasants and an activist of Walhi persecuted and arrested in Indonesia

Posted on Jan 30, 2013

On January 29, 2013, at about 4:30pm, a protest of peasants was violently repressed in South Sumatra by the Regional Police. About 25...

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Mapuche conflict in Chile: The need for dialogue to address historic demands

Posted on Jan 30, 2013

Since 1881, the Chilean state has attempted to “Chileanize” the Mapuche indigenous people, maintaining them in a state of permanent...

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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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Bajo Aguán, Cry for the Land

Posted on Jan 11, 2013

Lower Aguan river valley, the clamor for land from ALBASUD on Vimeo. Produced by Alba Sud and Rel-UITA, with the collaboration of the...

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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: 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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Local Struggles against Plantations

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

The expansion of large-scale tree monoculture plantations give rise to intense conflicts with local communities because of the broad range...

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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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The International Day against Monoculture Tree Plantations around the world

Posted on Sep 30, 2012

On September 21, the International Day against Monoculture Tree Plantations, organizations, networks and movements around the world...

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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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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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