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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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“Sacred Sites are living places”: the voices of Custodians in Africa

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

The short film “Sacred Voices”, supported by the African Biodiversity Network and the Gaia Foundation, shares the messages of eight...

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Stories, identity and struggles: How local communities live with and talk about Mekong’s landscape

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

Different words, different sides When asked what this picture is about, you are likely to answer, “An atomic bomb” in English. Most...

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Forests to the highest bidder in Nigeria: how REDD proves unable to stop deforestation

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

The rainforests of Cross River State, southeast of Nigeria, have been recognised for many years as being globally important for their...

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Please take action: Stop the destruction of the Ekuri people’s ancestral rainforest in Nigeria

Posted on Feb 29, 2016

Dear friends, We need your urgent support. The Ekuri People’s ancestral land in Nigeria is under threat. The people of Ekuri live in...

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“The Mauzes”: defending territories and life

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

Since joining Indonesia officially in 1969, Papua had only seven oil palm companies until 2005. In 2014, the number jumped to 21 companies,...

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Bribris: a people never conquered who are standing up to REDD

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

Continuous cycles of rebellion and resistance have characterized the history of a people living in the Costa Rican South Caribbean. Every...

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From the loss of fish to climate change: A look into the recent dam movement in the Mekong Region  

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

“The dams built on the Mekong mainstream and other rivers in the region have resulted in severe changes in the Mekong’s ecosystems,...

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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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Corridors of Resistance: Stopping oil and gas pipelines

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The Unist’ot’en camp in North-Western British Colombia, Canada, has since 2011 been maintaining a check-point to control access through...

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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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Malaysia: Indigenous groups from around the globe adopt anti-dam declaration

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

Indigenous peoples fighting the construction of dams in many parts of the world stand in solidarity with the second year anniversary of...

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Brazil: Forest Carbon Demonstration Project in the Tapajós-Arapiuns Extractive Reserve

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The carbon credit market, a mechanism of the so-called “green economy”, has been under debate in Brazil for about a decade,...

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Palawan: Stop blaming indigenous peoples’ farming practices for deforestation – look at boom crops, oil palm plantations and mining!

Posted on Nov 10, 2015

Traditional upland farming implemented through swidden (‘slash-and-burn’) technology (kaingin) in The Philippines is demonized and...

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Community Forest Management: elements for its defense and strengthening

Posted on Nov 10, 2015

The publication recently launched by the Mexican organization Otros Mundos Chiapas is an effort to share many elements and experiences of...

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Leave fossil fuels in the ground! A call for an “Annex 0” group, supported up by the Shuar Nationality of Pastaza in Ecuador

Posted on Nov 10, 2015

The Oilwatch network has issued an international call for creating an “Annex 0” group at the UN climate negotiations. This would mean a...

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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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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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Territories and food sovereignty: Where the struggles of peasants and forest communities converge

Posted on Nov 9, 2015

This issue of the WRM Bulletin is co-produced with GRAIN. GRAIN works to support small farmers and social movements in their struggles for...

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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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Stop privatizing India’s Forests!

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

A Press Release by All India Forum of Forest Movements (AIFFM) denounces the Government of India allowing “forest concessions” to...

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Mekong governments: Listen to the people! – Statement to sign-on

Posted on Oct 1, 2015

Dear friends, Local communities in the Mekong region in Southeast Asia, who depend on the Mekong river and numerous other rivers and lakes...

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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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The Mundukuru peoples in Brazil: forestry concessions imposed on indigenous lands

Posted on Sep 15, 2015

  In the history of the peoples who have been living in the Amazon since before the arrival of European colonizers, the invasion of...

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Broken Promises in Malaysia: Displaced by Dams

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

The construction of three mega dams in Malaysia has displaced tens of thousands of people and forced them into resettlement areas. A...

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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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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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Living on the run: devastation of the Ayoreos’ lives and land at the hands of livestock farmers

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

Indigenous Ayoreo protesting against inaction of the Government on illegal deforestation. © GAT Paraguay is currently the location of a...

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Stop police brutality, harassment and arrests of oustees of Kanhar Dam Project

Posted on Jul 21, 2015

Aklu Chero, a tribal leader protesting the construction of the dam, was shot at by the police on April 15. (Vipin Kumar/ HT Photos) Since...

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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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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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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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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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Ecocidio en el río La Pasión, Guatemala

Posted on Jun 12, 2015

Only available in Spanish. Comunicado internacional.  Ante los hechos ocurridos  en el río La Pasión, en Sayaxché, Petén, Guatemala...

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Brazil: Three indigenous leaders and forest defenders were murdered

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

Three indigenous leaders were ambushed by gunmen hired by loggers and landowners, as reported by the Indigenous Missionary Council (CIMI)....

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Honduras: 2015 Goldman Prize awarded to Berta Caceres

Posted on May 6, 2015

In a country with growing socioeconomic inequality and human rights violations, Berta Cáceres played a key role in the struggle of the...

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International Day of the Forests – March 21st, 2015

Posted on Mar 17, 2015

Dear friends, WRM is pleased to announce the release of three new materials that we would like to share with you on March 21, designated by...

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Struggles for territory and Living Well in Colombia: Resistance by Afro-Colombian women

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

An article by Charo Rojas, Marilyn Machado, Patricia Botero and Arturo Escobar charts the cumulative processes that have infringed the...

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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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In defence of life in the Amazon, humanity and the planet

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

Leaders of indigenous peoples of the Brazilian Amazon participating in the World Social Forum on Biodiversity held in Manaus, Brazil in...

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The resistance struggle of indigenous women in defence of life

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

Throughout history, indigenous women have been committed to the struggles of their peoples and communities, although often their...

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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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African Amazons fight destruction of forests

Posted on Mar 10, 2015

In recent decades, the sustainable management of natural resources and the conservation of biological diversity have become a major...

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Learning from India’s Chipko movement: fighting for feminism and for the environment

Posted on Mar 10, 2015

March 8 is not just a day to celebrate and give visibility to women’s struggles, it is also a day to remember and appreciate the...

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The multiple challenges for popular resistance and mobilization in defence of forests  

Posted on Feb 23, 2015

When a new year begins, it is quite common for people to express their wishes and hopes for a better world. Here at WRM, we are wishing...

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“Energy Alternatives, Surveying the Territory”

Posted on Dec 21, 2014

This report from the organization Corner House explores the question “What’s the alternative to current energy systems?” in a context...

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Mekong Commons Internet site

Posted on Dec 21, 2014

This site examines the questions surrounding the Mekong Region’s ‘development’, and tries to identify new ones, giving particular...

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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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Women fighting against extractive industries

Posted on Dec 21, 2014

During the UN climate negotiations in Lima, the World March of Women expressed its active solidarity with Máxima Acuña, who is facing...

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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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AlteRAtive Energies: When the only “alternative” is integral change

Posted on Dec 20, 2014

In communities on the border between Ecuador and Colombia that live under the influence of armed conflict, monoculture fruit tree...

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Indian Forest Struggles: the quest for alternatives

Posted on Dec 20, 2014

The world over, social movements resisting the neo-liberal aggression on nature and on the various forms of common property regimes, have...

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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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Peru: The Matsés, last shamans of the Amazon rainforest, fight back against transnational oil company

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

The Matsés indigenous people are fighting back to stop Pacific Rubiales Energy, a Canadian oil and gas company, from destroying their...

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Gendering Peasant Movements, Gendering Food Sovereignty

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

A problem peasant women face is invisibility in the feminist and women’s movements. A second problem is the weakness with which the food...

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Peru: Our Fight, indigenous peoples defending their territories

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

The video from “If Not Us Then Who?” follows the aftermath of the murders of four indigenous leaders and activists, including Edwin...

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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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Walk to ask for the cessation of the arrests and evictions of forest community member and to stop the Forest Master Plan in Thailand

Posted on Nov 5, 2014

On November 9th, the Northern Peasant Federation of Thailand (NPF) will be leading a walk to ask for the cessation of the arrests and...

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“A chance for change in the Congolese forests,” a video produced by the NGO FERN

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

This video shows the struggle of communities that depend on the forests in the Republic of Congo, and that of their defenders, to reduce...

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India: Struggles against POSCO’s steel plant in Odisha are determined to continue until company withdraws

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

  On 20th September 2014, villagers of Dhinkia made unanimous resolution in their local council not to use their forested lands for...

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Ecuador: Statement of the women’s gathering against extractivism and climate change

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

The group “Critical views of the territory from the feminism” participated in the gathering with dynamics, body mapping and sharing...

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Indonesia: forests are more than land

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

  Deforestation in Indonesia is not only about the loss of forest areas, it is a much more serious matter. A whole living system that...

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Brazil: The struggle of the tupinamba indigenous people to protect their territory and the conservation of forests

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

  For over 500 years, the indigenous tupinambá people have been massacred and expelled from their territory in the southern part of...

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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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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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“NO to ProSavana” Campaign in Southern Africa

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

The Mozambique Union of Farmers, UNAC, a member of La Via Campesina, stressed during the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC)...

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Southern Africa Development Community People’s Summit Declaration: “We reject externally driven false solutions to climate change such as REDD+”

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

The NO REDD in Africa! Network (NRAN) took part in the 2014 SADC People’s Summit in Bulawayo City, Zimbabwe. The summit’s final...

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Sixth National Conference on Páramos and High Mountains, Water for Life!, Colombia,

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

Friends of the Earth Colombia, CENSAT Agua Viva, is making available to the public three promotional audios for the Conference on Páramos...

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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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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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The roots of a forest

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

In March 2014, more than 100 organizations from all over the world requested through an open letter that the Food and Agriculture...

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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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Coastal forests threatened by tourism

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

The tropical and subtropical coasts of Latin America, in Mexico, Brazil and most Central American and Caribbean countries, have been...

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July 26: International Day for the Defense of Mangrove Ecosystems

Posted on Aug 5, 2014

Mangrove peoples and communities have a close bond with mangroves, fishing and the seas. Mangroves and the seas are wholly interconnected...

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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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International Day of the Mangrove Ecosystem Defense – July 26, 2014

Posted on Jul 28, 2014

The mangrove ecosystem towns and communities have a close bond with the mangrove swamps, fishing and with the oceans. Mangroves swamps...

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Letter to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Posted on Jul 4, 2014

Letter to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rightsurging it to call on the government of Ecuador to fully comply with the...

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HidroAysén project rejected by ministerial committee due to strong social pressure

Posted on Jul 4, 2014

Mapuexpress (in Spanish) After more than five years of hard-fought struggle against the HidroAysén energy mega-project, which would have...

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Carta a la Comision Interamericana de DDHH por la explotación petrolera en el Yasuní y los indígenas en aislamiento

Posted on Jun 18, 2014

Only available in Spanish.  Survival International, WRM – Movimiento Mundial por los Bosques Tropicales, CIMI – Consejo Indigenista...

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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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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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Movement of People Affected by Dams in Brazil denounces violations, proposes solutions

Posted on Jun 10, 2014

The Movement of People Affected by Dams (MAB) in the Madeira River region, made up by hundreds of rural and urban workers, farmers,...

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Carta de Macapá de los pueblos libres de la Panamazonia

Posted on Jun 9, 2014

Only available in Spanish. Entre los días 28 y 31 de mayo de 2014, en la ciudad de Macapá, Brasil, los pueblos de la región amazónica...

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Mexico, Lacandon Rainforest: Montes Azules REDDeldía Movement

Posted on May 7, 2014

In the ejido (communal landholding) of Pichucalco, Montes Azules Biosphere, in the Lacandon Rainforest, delegates from the Montes Azules...

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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: social coalition demands amendment to PIB as a way of restoring transparency and accountability in the petroleum sector

Posted on Mar 7, 2014

In Nigeria, a coalition of social and environmental justice organisations including Environmental Rights Watch/Friends of the Earth...

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Support the struggle of the Tupinambá in Bahia, Brazil for the demarcation of their lands and against militarization!

Posted on Mar 7, 2014

Once again we are calling for your support for the legitimate struggle of the Tupinambá indigenous people of the state of Bahia,...

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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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Kenya: Appeal against forced eviction from Embobut Forest

Posted on Feb 5, 2014

Some 6000-7000 indigenous people and other communities in Embobut Forest in the Cherangany Hills of the ElgeyoMarakwet County, in Kenya,...

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Honduras: COPINH achieves partial victory against hydroelectric dam project

Posted on Feb 5, 2014

In October 2013, the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) denounced the Agua Zarca hydroelectric dam...

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