World Rainforest Movement

Brazil: Indigenous Peoples from Acre declare their rejection of REDD policies and their support to CIMI

Posted on Oct 3, 2017

Indigenous Peoples from Acre in Brazil declare their rejection of REDD policies and their support for the work carried out by the...

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REDD Early Movers: The fallacy of the Green Economy

Posted on Sep 28, 2017

REDD Early Movers – Jurisdictional REDD One of the objectives of the 2016 coup was to increase the Brazilian State’s support for...

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SOCFIN’s plantations in Africa: many places of violence and destruction

Posted on Sep 21, 2017

Photo: SOCFIN In 2016, the multinational agro-industrial SOCFIN Group – controlled by the Belgian Fabri family (50.2 per cent of the...

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Destroy here and destroy there: The double exploitation of biodiversity offsets

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

This issue of the WRM bulletin is focused on one of the key strategies that (mainly extractive) industries use to expand within the...

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Brazil, Mining and Biodiversity: From environmental degraders to environmental services providers: When the line between destroying and conserving is merely rhetorical

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

The parliamentary coup that brought Michel Temer’s illegitimate government to power, was not what set in motion one of the central...

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Biodiversity offsetting and biodiversity corridors in Asia: Nature destruction and protection acting in tandem

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

This year, 2017, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) celebrates its 50th anniversary. Since the Bank was founded, it has invested more than...

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Gabon: Plans to market carbon, biodiversity, ecosystems and community “capital”

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

In 2014, the Gabonese government passed a new “Sustainable Development” Law, which authorizes companies to compensate for the...

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Colombia: Environmental Offsets, Legitimizing Extraction

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

Colombia is one of the first Latin American countries to set up and implement specific rules and regulations on biodiversity offsets. In...

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Madagascar: The “offsetting non-sense”

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

“It is an absurdity, as well as an injustice that they take away our forest claiming that they want to protect it, while in reality...

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What goes behind the idea of biodiversity offsetting: The case of Nam Ngiep Dam in Lao PDR

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

The governments of Cambodia, Laos and Thailand are planning eleven large-scale hydropower dams on the Mekong River’s mainstream. If...

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An umbrella for non-compliance: “Air Quality Offsets” in South Africa

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

How air quality offsets were set in place Air quality offsets in South Africa are part of a push back against gains made in air quality...

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Kenya: International Finance Corporation throws lifeline to REDD+ project and provides greenwashing for the largest mining company in the world

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

BHP Billiton is the world’s largest mining and petroleum company running mines in 13 countries. Its main offices are in Melbourne,...

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Environmental offsets in Panama: A strategy that opens up protected areas to mining

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

Minera Panamá (MPSA), owned by Canadian company First Quantum, has a concession to conduct open-pit copper mining in the Donoso District,...

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Motion of rejection and solidarity with local leaders facing threats in Acre – Brazil

Posted on Aug 4, 2017

Press Release   More than 80 organizations and individuals from all over the world sent today the letter enclosed below to relevant...

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Motion of rejection and solidarity with leaders from communities and organizations from the State of Acre in Brazil who are being pressured and threatened

Posted on Jul 24, 2017

July 21, 2017 Dear friends, We need your support to the motion enclosed below in solidarity with leaders  from communities and...

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Report on Transparency in the Carbon Market in Pará, Brazil    

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

Artigo 19 launches its report “I came here to understand: What is carbon? Access to information and the green economy in...

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From REDD+ projects to ‘jurisdictional REDD+’: more bad news for the climate and communities

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

For many people, REDD+ is about projects that save forests. In reality, however, REDD+ has never been about protecting forests and also no...

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Crisis and oil depletion in Venezuela: Mega-mining and new frontiers of extraction

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

Venezuela is well known for being one of the main oil exporters in the world, and now also because of the major crisis it is currently...

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Xapuri Declaration, May 28, 2017

Posted on Jun 14, 2017

We, forest dwellers, rubber tappers, Apurinã, Huni Kui, Jaminawa, Manchineri and Shawadawa indigenous people, members of supportive...

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What do forests have to do with climate change, carbon markets and REDD+?

Posted on May 10, 2017

WRM has produced a series of seven flipchart posters (below) and the booklet What do forests have to do with climate change, carbon markets...

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Portucel – The Process of acquiring access to landand the rights of local communities

Posted on Apr 18, 2017

The report “Portucel – the Process of acquiring access to land and the rights of local communities” was published by Justiça...

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Report: Grow-ing disaster: the Fortune 500 goes farming

Posted on Apr 6, 2017

The world’s largest agribusiness corporations are rolling out a public-private partnership programme to take control of food and...

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Interview: “Sustainable palm oil from industrial oil palm production does not exist”

Posted on Apr 6, 2017

SwissInfo in conversation with Kartini Samon from GRAIN on the impacts of industrial oil palm production on communities and on the role of...

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Indonesia: Protests on Java against forest destruction by the expanding cement industry

Posted on Apr 4, 2017

In Indonesia, resistance against the cement production complex of the Indonesian company Semen Indonesia which willl destroy the Kendeng...

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Forest Conflicts in Thailand: State vs. People

Posted on Apr 4, 2017

  Thailand’s modern forest politics has had many phases. In the 19th century, the British began logging the country for teak....

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Myanmar: New policy promoting indigenous rights under threat

Posted on Apr 4, 2017

The last couple of years have been a period of significant change in Myanmar, most significantly represented by the victory of the NLD...

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Forest in India’s North East

Posted on Apr 4, 2017

  The region typically known as “India’s North East” or also referred to as just “North East” is linked tenuously with...

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International Statement: Our Land is Worth More Than Carbon

Posted on Feb 8, 2017

The Paris Agreement enshrined the principle of compensation in dealing with the climate crisis. This means that emissions actually do not...

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REDD+ in the Paris Agreement secures funding for conservation industry while large-scale deforestation advances unhindered

Posted on Feb 7, 2017

The “conservation industry” – groups such as The Nature Conservancy, WWF, Conservation International, consultants and...

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Will the Paris Agreement Save Forests?

Posted on Feb 7, 2017

In December 2015, the Paris Agreement was celebrated with great fanfare. This agreement, part of the United Nations Framework Convention...

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Ibi Bateke tree planting project in DRC: Sold as the success it never was

Posted on Feb 6, 2017

Advertised as “ground-breaking” and the first CDM (1) project in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Ibi Bateke tree...

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The Paris Agreement on Climate Change: Promoting tree plantations and reducing forests to tradable carbon stores

Posted on Feb 6, 2017

The 22nd annual UN climate meeting has come and gone in 2016, with governments celebrating the ratification of the Paris Agreement on...

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Interview: How trade and investments have converted agricultural lands and fishing grounds into special economic zones

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

Executive Director at Focus on the Global South, Shalmali Guttal, talks about how trade and investments have converted agricultural lands...

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From Biodiversity Offsets to Ecosystem Engineering: New Threats to Communities and Territories

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

At a meeting in a wixárika community in Jalisco, México, with organizations and villagers from other areas, the language we used to...

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Trade deals threaten peasant farmer’s stewardship of seed biodiversity

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

Skilful selection and nurturing of the seeds best suited to a particular location are at the heart of peasant farming and agroforestry...

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“Reasons for Taking Legal Action”: New Resistance Movements to Defend Guatemalan Indigenous Communities’ Heritage

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

Guatemala is located in the heart of Mesoamerica. Its enormous cultural diversity is a historical legacy of the Mayan culture, in which...

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Financial Mechanisms in the CBD: Opening the Doors to More Privatization of Biodiversity

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

The CBD is a forum where organizations and movements can bring our positions and try to get them reflected in official documents. We do...

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The CBD’s interpretation of “biodiversity” opens the door to new forms of biopiracy

Posted on Dec 7, 2016

Compared with the struggle to stop the destruction of forests, the resistance of forest-dependent communities against governments...

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International declaration denounces ICAO offset plan

Posted on Sep 29, 2016

September 29, 2016 Aviation is one of the industries with the fastest growing emissions: Their own industry association expects emissions...

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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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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 Malagasy In 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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