World Rainforest Movement

Declaración de la Red Latinoamericana contra los Monocultivos de Árboles – RECOMA

Posted on Sep 20, 2016

Only available in Spanish or Portuguese 21 de setiembre de 2016 Día Internacional de Lucha contra los Monocultivos de Árboles Descargar...

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Palm Oil’s Toxic Legacy in Sayaxché, Guatemala – by FoE

Posted on Sep 15, 2016

Saul Paau, a Q’eqchi’ Mayan community leader, describes the environmental and social devastation wrought by the palm oil industry in...

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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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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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West African women defend traditional palm oil

Posted on Jul 15, 2016

A video produced by GRAIN shows how rural women in West Africa are working to protect traditional palm oil production in the face of the...

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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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DRC: Communities mobilise to free themselves from a hundred years of colonial oil palm plantations

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

Oil palms are native to the forests of Central and West Africa and inseparable from the region’s peoples and their cultures. Communities...

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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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Mundemba Declaration: Women and the expansion of oil palm plantations and industrial palm oil

Posted on Apr 15, 2016

Women resist industrial palm oil (Photo: JVE-Cameroun) Considering that the aspiration to human dignity is a common ideal for humankind,...

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Press Release of the Latin American Network against Monoculture Tree Plantations, in solidarity with the peoples of Nueva Concepción, Escuintla in their struggle for the liberation of the Madre Vieja River

Posted on Feb 16, 2016

On February 9th and 11th, 2016, over 200 residents of Nueva Concepción, Escuintla, Guatemala, held an action that was historic for their...

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Jail term for villagers opposing Bolloré/Socfin’s palm oil plantations in Sierra Leone as trial of French journalists starts in Paris

Posted on Feb 10, 2016

10 February 2016 | Press release – A day before the start of yet another trial brought on the Bolloré Group against French...

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Up in Smoke: Failures in Wilmar’s promise to clean up the palm oil business

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

A report by some of the Friends of the Earth groups shows how some of the fires that affected Indonesia’s forests in the last months can...

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Forest fires in Indonesia: Why is the media looking away?

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

An article from “The Guardian” highlights how despite fire raging across over 5,000 km in Indonesia, the media “dominated by...

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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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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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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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Honduras: palm plantations and violence under the auspices of the World Bank

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

An article in the newspaper “El País” shows the intense violence experienced by the people of the valley of Bajo Aguán, in...

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Malaysia: Human trafficking and workers’ abuse in palm oil plantations

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

Malaysian palm oil industry, which produces 40 per cent of the world’s palm oil supply, is growing but, according to labourers and...

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Gender impact of oil palm plantations among indigenous peoples in Sarawak

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

An article from the recently launched book “Gender and Land Tenure in the context of Disaster in Asia”, examines the impact of changing...

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Forests under siege: Liberia may intensify forest destruction

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

“The world’s forests remain under threat from illegal logging… Illegal logging perpetuates corruption, undermines livelihoods, fuels...

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

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

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

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

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

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

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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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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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Palm oil concessions for logging: the case of Herakles Farms in Cameroon

Posted on Sep 15, 2015

  With palm oil consumption predicted to triple by 2050 – and with current production mostly concentrated in Indonesia and Malaysia...

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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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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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Wilmar International: Destroying lives for profit

Posted on May 6, 2015

The radio program Growing Voices, from Radio Mundo Real, discusses the impacts of the highly criticized Wilmar International, one of the...

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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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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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From Africa’s Palms

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

Aljazeera’s People and Power TV program released a video on the social and environmental consequences of oil palm plantations in...

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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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Washing out Diversity: The impacts of oil palm plantations in Palawan, Philippines

Posted on Mar 6, 2015

Oil palm plantations in Palawan, as elsewhere in the Philippines, are portrayed as a key solution to lower greenhouse gas emissions and as...

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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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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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DRC: handing lands for industrial oil palm plantations, REDD and foreign investors

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has the largest continuous rainforest area in Africa, which is one of the largest in the world....

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The curse of palm oil in Cameroon: Pollution, expropriations and land grabbing

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

Local communities affected by the oil palm plantations from the Société des Palmeraies du Cameroun (SOCAPALM) are waging an all-out...

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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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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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“Planet Palm Oil: peasants pay the price for cheap vegetable oil”, publication by GRAIN

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

Producing cheap palm oil comes at a high price: destruction of rainforests, labour exploitation, and brutal land grabbing. With lands in...

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

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

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

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Nuevas tendencias en la expansión de los monocultivos industriales de árboles en América Latina

Posted on Sep 23, 2014

Only available in Spanish and Portuguese. Download here the full document in pdf format in Spanish or in Portuguese Documento informativo...

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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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Collection of videos about the impacts of large scale industrial oil palm plantations

Posted on Sep 8, 2014

Continuing with the communications for September 21st, this time we would like to share with all of you a collection of videos that we have...

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Monocultivos de árboles en América Latina: situación laboral y destrucción de economías locales

Posted on Aug 29, 2014

Only available in Spanish By the WRM and RECOMA Download as pdf here Las empresas que promueven plantaciones en gran escala de monocultivos...

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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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Licence to Launder

Posted on Jun 10, 2014

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

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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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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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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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RSPO: fake promises promoting further oil palm plantations expansion

Posted on May 7, 2014

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

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Metamorphosis of destructive logging companies

Posted on May 7, 2014

It does sound like a bit of a fairy tale. Multinational companies destroy forests and trample on human rights. Then, international...

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

Posted on May 7, 2014

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

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Liberia – RSPO’s inability to address root causes of the conflict related to Sime Darby’s operations

Posted on May 7, 2014

One would expect that RSPO members also uphold RSPO principles and criteria when they expand their operations on the African continent,...

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Nigeria – RSPO legal opinion ignores core of the complaint against Wilmar International subsidiary Biase Plantation Limited

Posted on May 7, 2014

The government of Cross River State, Nigeria has given the go-ahead for development of large scale oil palm plantations, including on...

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Brazil – Discourse of “innovation” contrasts with a reality of life in conditions akin to slavery for workers employed by one of Agropalma´s suppliers

Posted on May 7, 2014

Agropalma started its activities in 1982 and according to its website, has since grown to become “the main producer of palm oil in Latin...

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The expansion of industrial oil palm plantations in Africa: A call for greater solidarity and action 

Posted on May 7, 2014

In late 2013, a group of representatives of African, Indonesian and international NGOs met with members of La Via Campesina and the...

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Women & Plantations: Pain or Gain? The Nigerian Experience

Posted on Apr 5, 2014

In Nigeria, forest concessions – including reserves and communal farmlands – are being taken over by multinationals and...

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

Posted on Feb 5, 2014

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

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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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Sued for protesting against Wilmar’s refined destruction

Posted on Dec 23, 2013

Eight activists of Robin Wood, a grassroots group in Germany, were sued in October 2013 for taking part in a peaceful demonstration to...

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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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Modern-day slavery in oil palm plantations: The outstanding cases of Malaysia and Indonesia

Posted on Dec 23, 2013

Photo: E. Benjamin Skinner Malaysia Malaysiahas become a destination for migrant workers from other Southeast Asian countries– mainly...

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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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Actions in Africa against dirty energy – Calabar Declaration against the expansion of oil palm monocultures

Posted on Dec 3, 2013

The No REDD in Africa Network (NRAN) initiated the “Week of Action Against False Solutions”, from October 28 to November 4. The action,...

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

Posted on Dec 3, 2013

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

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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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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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Nigeria: Wilmar, RRDC, and the Calaro/Ibiae Oil Palm Estates

Posted on Sep 11, 2013

  Over the past nine months, a high-stakes confrontation has taken place in Cross River State of Nigeria, home to Nigeria’s last...

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

Posted on Sep 11, 2013

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

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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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Liberia: Plantation expansion and the plunder of a continent

Posted on Sep 11, 2013

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

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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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Oil Palm in Africa – Interactive Map

Posted on Aug 30, 2013

We have produced an interactive map that sumarizes some of the information gathered in the  publication “Oil palm in Africa: past,...

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

Posted on Aug 30, 2013

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

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International Day of Struggle against Monoculture Tree Plantations 2013

Posted on Aug 20, 2013

September 21, the International Day Against Monoculture Tree Plantations, is a day for our organizations, networks and movements to...

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Oil palm: 12 Replies to 12 Lies about Oil Palm monocultures plantations

Posted on Jun 30, 2013

Focusing on the claims made by the oil palm industry to “sell” their industrial plantations, the World Rainforest Movement (WRM) has...

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12 Replies to 12 Lies about Oil Palm monocultures plantations

Posted on Jun 13, 2013

Focusing on the claims made by the oil palm industry to “sell” their industrial plantations, the World Rainforest Movement (WRM) has...

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Congo Basin: Report on expansion of oil palm plantations

Posted on May 30, 2013

In February 2013, the Rainforest Foundation UK launched a new report on plans for expansion of large scale oil palm plantations in the...

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Guatemala: Oil palm plantations cause new displacement of rural communities

Posted on May 30, 2013

Industrial monoculture oil palm plantations have expanded significantly in Guatemala in recent years. One of the areas that has seen the...

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MONOCULTURE TREE PLANTATIONS – Land grabbing for oil palm in the Philippines

Posted on Apr 30, 2013

The indigenous network ALDAW in the Philippines(Ancestral Land/Domain Watch) is deeply concerned about the findings of a recent study it...

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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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Oil palm company Wilmar considered to be responsible for tropical deforestation

Posted on Mar 30, 2013

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

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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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Environmental crime: in pursuit of palm oil industry – VIDEO

Posted on Feb 28, 2013

“Environmental crime: in pursuit of palm oil industry”, video on the business of palm oil in LiberiaEnvironmental crime: in pursuit...

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