World Rainforest Movement

India: Support forest dependent communities against plantations expansion!

Posted on Sep 20, 2016

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

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Stop plantations expansion in Mozambique!

Posted on Sep 13, 2016

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

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Endogenous knowledge, an effective weapon to combat land grabs in Africa

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

“This small family, the father, the mother and their two children, enters the sacred forest in order to find solutions to the illnesses...

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Emerging without submerging: the challenge of international policies on the environment in Central Africa

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

Central Africa is flooded with regional and international initiatives to manage its natural resources. In this forest region par...

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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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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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No aviation growth! No false climate solutions!

Posted on Jun 16, 2016

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Rio Tinto’s biodiversity offset in Madagascar: How culture and religion are used to enforce restrictions

Posted on May 9, 2016

In September 2015, Re:Common and WRM investigated one of the most widely advertised biodiversity compensation initiatives in the mining...

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The Racist Colonial Roots of Western Forest Conservation: A look into a REDD project in Kenya

Posted on May 9, 2016

It would be both ahistorical and apolitical to not firmly locate the roots of the western concepts of nature conservation to the colonial...

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Racism: A Legacy of Colonial Power

Posted on May 6, 2016

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

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New report: Rio Tinto’s biodiversity offset in Madagascar

Posted on Apr 14, 2016

On the occasion of the Rio Tinto AGM on 14 April 2016 in London, Re:Common and the World Rainforest Movement, in collaboration with...

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Rio Tinto’s biodiversity offset in Madagascar – Double landgrab in the name of biodiversity?

Posted on Apr 13, 2016

A field report by WRM and Re:Common Also available in MalagasyIn recent years mining companies have become actively engaged in...

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Aviation industry’s offset plans distracts from urgent need to reduce emissions, say environmental NGOs

Posted on Apr 4, 2016

4th April, Brussels – As member countries of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the United Nations’ specialised...

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We Denounce and Resist the Green Economy’s Impacts on Women and Forests

Posted on Mar 30, 2016

Declaration by the World Rainforest Movement (WRM), March 2016 To Berta Cáceres and the Lenca People, the struggle continues! In March,...

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Aviation industry plan to offset emissions is serious distraction from need to reduce emissions from the sector

Posted on Mar 23, 2016

International Civil Society Statement.  This statement is open for sign-ons until the 1st April from organisations. It will be released...

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

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

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

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The “Green Economy”: giving immunity to criminals

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

“The goal is to transform environmental legislation into tradeable instruments” Pedro Moura, founder of Ecosecurities, a carbon...

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Environmental regulation in the Green Economy: Changed to facilitate destruction

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

  In 2011, the State of Biodiversity Markets report, published by the pro-markets group Forest Trends, identified 45 biodiversity...

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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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Corporate peace and the Green Economy in Colombia

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

The current situation in Colombia can be understood as a historic opportunity to try to overcome decades of armed, social and political...

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India: annulling rights to allow mining

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

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

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Destructive companies “creating more biodiversity”?

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

As we have already argued in previous bulletins, it is absurd to accept the idea that companies can freely destroy an area—for example...

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Congo Basin Rainforest Project: Communities leery of “Conservation Revolution”

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

.The Mai N’dombe REDD project in the Democratic Republic of Congo features regularly in promotional material on REDD+. The...

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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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Carbon Offsets and Trading: A logic that violates Indigenous and human rights

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

For the majority of people in the Global North, little attention was given to the details of the recently signed agreement during the UN...

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What “rights” are defended in the Paris Agreement and in the plans with false solutions to the climate crisis?

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

There are many analyses of the Paris Agreement and the reasons why it is a disaster for the climate. One critique is that it does not...

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Philippines: Resisting Land Grabbing and Corporate Oil Palm Plantations

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

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

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

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

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

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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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Banking on biodiversity in Sabah, Malaysia

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The trade in biodiversity credits has been positioned as a solution to the problem of biodiversity loss (especially orang-utan habitat) in...

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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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Paths Beyond Paris: Movements, action and solidarity towards Climate Justice

Posted on Dec 2, 2015

By Carbon Trade Watch. After over 20 years of international climate change negotiations, talks continue to move further away from...

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Compilation of 2015 WRM’s Bulletin articles on the “Economy with Nature”

Posted on Nov 26, 2015

For decades, governments and intergovernmental agencies like the UN or the World Bank have been busy finding ways to allow the flow of...

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COP 21 of the Climate Change Convention – Paris 2015

Posted on Nov 24, 2015

The 21st Conference of Parties of the Convention about the issue of Climate Changes will take place in Paris, France, between 30 November...

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Public Statement of the WRM to the California Air Resources Board

Posted on Nov 16, 2015

Subject: The proposal of the California government to include REDD+ offset credits from the state of Acre, Brazil, and from other states...

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

Posted on Nov 9, 2015

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

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Why the RSPO facilitates land grabs for palm oil

Posted on Nov 9, 2015

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

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Corporate smart agriculture

Posted on Nov 9, 2015

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

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Two bright shining lies teaming up: Certification roundtables and REDD+

Posted on Nov 9, 2015

    Certification has been described as the brightest of bright shining lies of the sustainability movement. And in recent...

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The Farce of “Smart Forestry”. The Cases of Green Resources in Mozambique and Suzano in Brazil

Posted on Nov 9, 2015

  “Nobody eats eucalyptus.”  With this statement farmers expressed their outrage when the company Aracruz Celulose...

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Trade deals, agribusiness and the climate crisis

Posted on Nov 9, 2015

  The climate talks in Paris in December this year are viewed as a last chance for the world’s governments to commit to binding...

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

Posted on Oct 29, 2015

A new joint publication by GRAIN and the World Rainforest Movement (WRM) looks at the dangers for peasant communities from one of the main...

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Forest peoples and territories: Rights Violations in Acre, Brazil

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

In 2013, the Rapporteur on human rights to the environment (RDHMA, for its Portuguese acronym), from the DhESCA Platform, conducted a...

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The Durban Declaration against REDD

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

The Global Coalition Against REDD in alliance with the No REDD in Africa Network (NRAN) and supported by many international organizations...

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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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Financialized capital and palm oil corporations

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

The surging global demand for palm oil has produced windfall profits for the industry and turned oil palm plantations into hot targets 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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Logging concessions; basis of an industry, or political control?

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

Over the last two decades, massive tracts of virgin tropical forests have come under exploitation, in all three underdeveloped regions....

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Cambodia: Steps to Victory

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

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

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Deforestation funds more plantations: The new Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill in India

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

Giving away India’s forests On August 13, 2015, Prakash Javadekar, India’s Minister of the Environment, informed the Upper House of...

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Why the forest concession model does not solve the structural problems of logging and wood extraction?

Posted on Sep 15, 2015

Historically, illegal forest exploitation to obtain economically valuable timber has been one of the activities with the highest impact on...

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Honduras’ Garifuna communities resist eviction and theft of land

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

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

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

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

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

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Call to Action to reject REDD and extractive industries

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

Once again, the world’s governments will meet at the end of this year within the United Nations convention framework to supposedly...

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What do the criticism of the Pope’s encyclical by carbon market and REDD proponents reveal?

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

The new Pope Francis’ “Laudato Sí” encyclical addressing the ecological crisis, particularly the climate crisis, has been...

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

Posted on Jul 30, 2015

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

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

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

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

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Mining activity kills Indonesia’s peasants and fisher people

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

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

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

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

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

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

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

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

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The role of “artisanal” mining for transnational mining companies

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

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

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Exploitation and Empty Promises. Wilmar’s Nigerian land grab

Posted on Jul 9, 2015

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

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Latin America and EU Trade relationships – Animated video

Posted on Jun 9, 2015

de EU Latin America.This video explains how a trade relationship – mainly based on the extraction of raw materials – is...

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

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

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

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Maputo Declaration of African Civil Society on Climate Justice

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

        Climate justice advocates and community and movements’ representatives met in Maputo, Mozambique from 21-23...

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Dakar to Tunis: Declaration against water and land grabbing

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

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

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ProSavana Plan in Mozambique is out and threatening peasants’ land

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

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

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The massive loot of water

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

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

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Financialisation of water: what is it all about?

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

In the past few years, mechanisms aimed to transform fundamental natural components of commons (biodiversity, land, water, forests and...

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Untold stories of water theft and pollution

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

Behind many appealing products in the supermarkets of major urban centers in the world, there are countless silenced stories. Behind the...

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

Posted on Jun 2, 2015

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

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New issue of the Mausam newsletter from India: talking climate in public space

Posted on May 6, 2015

The India Climate Justice collective has published the third issue of the Mausam magazine aiming to facilitate constructive and creative...

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African resistance to land grabs by plantation companies Bolloré and Socfin

Posted on May 6, 2015

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

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World Bank paving the way for a national biodiversity offset strategy in Liberia

Posted on May 6, 2015

In March 2015, the World Bank presented a report that will help mining companies operating in Liberia present themselves as saviours of...

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Brazil – Profiting more from doing the same: The financialization of Fibria’s eucalyptus monocultures

Posted on May 6, 2015

A piece of news circulating in Brazil in 2013 appeared odd at first glance: Fibria, one of the world’s largest producers of pulp...

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Territories being seized in Cambodia: protecting corporate profits

Posted on May 6, 2015

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

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FSC: Certifying accumulation markets

Posted on May 6, 2015

  For a long time, WRM, along with other organizations and social movements, has denounced the certification of projects that are...

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Intensification of land grabbing and more concentration of land ownership in the era of “green capitalism”: News from Indonesia

Posted on May 6, 2015

  On April 17, farmers around the world celebrated the Day of Peasant Struggle, in tribute to the 19 peasants of the Landless Workers...

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

Posted on Apr 19, 2015

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

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“Climate-smart agriculture”, at the service of carbon finance and multinational corporations

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

The Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture was launched on September 2014, at the UN Climate Summit in New York. This alliance is...

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Tropical Forestry Action Plan+30: The FAO and the World Bank are at the center of another false solution to the forest crisis: REDD and Climate Smart Agriculture

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

    30 years ago, during FAO’s World Forestry Congress in Mexico in June 1985, the Tropical Forestry Action Plan (TFAP)...

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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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Radio Mundo Real video: “Financialization of Nature”

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

The video by Radio Mundo Real on Financialization of Nature was produced in collaboration with the Biodiversity Alliance, Friends of the...

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Trading communal rights in Gabon: The ‘Sustainable Development’ Law

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

The government of Gabon adopted a new ‘Sustainable Development’ Law in August 2014. This Law is the first that introduces credits not...

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Safeguarding Investment: Safeguards for REDD+, women and indigenous peoples

Posted on Mar 10, 2015

The meaning of the term “safeguards” depends on who uses it and in what context. It may imply positive action in terms of human rights...

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

Posted on Mar 6, 2015

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

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Documentary: “Banking Nature”

Posted on Mar 4, 2015

What is nature worth? How much profit can it report? At a time when biodiversity is critically threatened, this documentary reveals how...

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Nigeria: Tales of Grabland

Posted on Feb 27, 2015

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

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Enclosing territories for financial profit

Posted on Feb 23, 2015

Private and state enclosures of lands, forests and water are not new phenomena. Much of what grows on land, what is grown by humans on...

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India plans huge palm oil expansion, puts forests at risk

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

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

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

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

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

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Carbon violence: the impacts of Green Resources’ carbon plantation in Uganda

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

A new report by the Oakland Institute introduces the term ‘carbon violence’ to describe the impact of Green Resources’ plantation...

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The great REDD gamble. Time to ditch risky REDD for community-based approaches that are effective, ethical and equitable.

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

A Friends of the Earth report looks at specific case studies which demonstrate that REDD projects can facilitate rather than prevent the...

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World Cup carbon emissions ‘offset’ by hydroelectric dams in the Amazon?

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

An article by Brazilian organizations FASE Amazonía, Grupo Carta de Belém and Fórum de la Amazonía Oriental, published by the newspaper...

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Keeping Land Local: Reclaiming Governance from the Market

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

Through a series of articles, this report, from the organization Focus on the Global South, denounces how land, forests and water are being...

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

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

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

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Masking the Destruction: REDD+ in the Peruvian Amazon

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

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

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

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

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

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Why are women fighting against extractivism and climate change?

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

It is obvious that capitalism feeds on and is sustained by the exploitation of workers, women, indigenous peoples and nature. And, while...

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