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

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

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

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Brazil: The monoculture eucalyptus company, Veracel Celulosa, is trying to evict indigenous Pataxó from their land

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

The Pataxós of Nueva Esperanza village—in the municipality of Itamarajú in the southern tip of Bahía state—are under threat of...

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Forestry Community Forum: Community mobilisation in plantation forestry

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

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

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Brazil: Stop eucalyptus monoculture plantations!

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

On September 21, about 300 indigenous peoples occupied the Nedila property in the municipality of Prado Bahia, Brazil, where the Suzano...

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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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New publication warns against the impacts of agrotoxics on health

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

People may be exposed to excessive levels of agrotoxics at work and through food, soil, water or air. Through the pollution of groundwater,...

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Activate Resistance against Monocultures

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

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

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Planting poverty: The forestry business in Chile

Posted on Mar 6, 2015

This documentary produced by “Periódico Resumen” addresses the origins and consequences of the expansion of the tree plantation...

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Brazil: The countless problems surrounding the Suzano corporation  

Posted on Feb 23, 2015

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

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“Pulping” the Local-Food

Posted on Feb 23, 2015

One of Indonesia’s pulp and paper giants, Asia Pulp&Paper (APP), is planning to build a new pulp mill to supply not only pulp to...

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

Posted on Dec 21, 2014

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

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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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December 3: International Day Against Pesticide Use

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

The date was chosen by the Pesticide Action Network to commemorate the 30,000 people killed as a result of the Bhopal disaster in India in...

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

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

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

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Mozambique: More tree plantations increasing the threat on food sovereignty

Posted on Jun 10, 2014

Mozambique is a country where tree plantations dates back to colonial times, when Portugal encouraged the planting of eucalyptus and pine...

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

Posted on Mar 7, 2014

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

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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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Open Letter: The Committee on World Food Security must not allow itself to be captured by biofuels interest groups

Posted on Oct 8, 2013

The 40th session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), which will meet from 7th to 11th October, will be discussing...

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

Posted on Sep 21, 2013

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

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Indonesia: Timber monocultures destroying indigenous’ lands and livelihood

Posted on Sep 11, 2013

  Here in Indonesia, ever since a child entered the school, he/she has been familiar with “Merauke” through a patriotic song...

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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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South Africa: Pulp Industry expansion – land-grabbing disguised as community development

Posted on Sep 11, 2013

  During the Apartheid era many South Africans were deprived of their traditional land through laws that led to their displacement...

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Tree plantations in the South to generate energy in the North: A new threat to communities and forests

Posted on Mar 9, 2013

Apparently out of concern over climate change and the urgent need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions produced by the burning of fossil...

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Liberian women impacted by expansion of Sime Darby’s oil palm plantations

Posted on Feb 28, 2013

The Garwula District, in Grand Cape Mount County, is one of the areas affected by the 63-year lease agreement signed by the Malaysian giant...

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

Posted on Feb 28, 2013

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

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Mozambique: Action in defense of peasants’ right to food

Posted on Feb 28, 2013

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

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Cameroon: Major impacts of oil palm agribusiness on food sovereignty and livelihoods

Posted on Oct 30, 2012

  In a context of massive land concessions in the country over the last five years – be it the expansion of existing...

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Indonesia: Farmers struggle against industrial oil palm and acacia plantations in defense of their land and food sovereignty

Posted on Oct 30, 2012

The struggle in Geragai District Up to 2011, a total of 18 companies had licenses over forest areas for a total of 663,809 ha distributed...

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Plantations, Health and Food Sovereignty

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

Industrial tree plantations affect severely the food sovereignty and local economies of forest and forest-dependent people. Health of...

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Brazil: 30 people intoxicated by pesticides sprayed from plane on eucalyptus plantations

Posted on Sep 30, 2012

The traditional communities known as geraizeiras at the Vale do Guará Settlement, in the town of Rio Pardo de Minas, north of Minas...

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Liberia: Uncertain futures. The impacts of Sime Darby on communities

Posted on Sep 30, 2012

Liberia, a small West African country with a population of approximately 3.5 million people, has a predominantly agrarian economy, with...

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Laos: Expansion of rubber plantations – more conflicts with communities

Posted on Sep 30, 2012

With an increasing global demand for natural rubber in the past few years, large-scale rubber plantations in Laos are expanding, causing...

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Chile: Serious impacts of FSC certified tree plantation company

Posted on Sep 30, 2012

The results of a research study carried out in different region, in 2010, by the Association of Forest Engineers for Native Forests were...

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Uncertain Futures. The impacts of Sime Darby on communities in Liberia

Posted on Aug 20, 2012

By Silas Kpanan’Ayoung Siakor Media Brief Large-scale land grant to Sime Darby to grow oil palm in Liberia threatens the rights of...

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Phillipines: Oil palm company A. Brown grabs Higaonon indigenous people’s lands

Posted on Jul 30, 2012

The Philippine A. Brown Company, Inc. is engaged in the business of oil palm plantation development and milling. In 2010, the company...

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Chile: Campaign against tree monoculture expansion

Posted on Jul 30, 2012

In Chile, the onslaught of big forestry business groups backed by the state means more than 3 million hectares covered with industrial...

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An overview of industrial tree plantations in the global South: conflicts, trends, and resistance struggles.

Posted on Jun 11, 2012

After many years of supporting local struggles and disseminating information from different countries on tree monocultures and its impacts,...

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Women oil palm plantation workers in Asia: Gender inequity and exploitation

Posted on May 30, 2012

In Asia, as in many other parts of the world, forest areas have been inhabited by successive generations of indigenous communities. For...

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Oil palm plantation workers in Central America: The experience of Rel-UITA

Posted on May 30, 2012

Over the past several decades, large-scale monoculture oil palm plantations have spread throughout the tropical regions of Asia, Africa and...

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Indonesia: Oil palm plantations erode the right to work on communal land

Posted on May 30, 2012

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is the UN agency that oversees labour issues, shaping policies and programmes mainly related to...

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The green economy and labour: Will “green jobs” protect workers’ health and safety?

Posted on May 30, 2012

According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), an estimated 160 million people suffer from work-related diseases, 270 million...

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Devastating Impact of World Bank Backing for Land Investments in Uganda – VIDEO

Posted on Apr 23, 2012

    Released on the eve of the World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty in Washington DC, April 23-26, 2012, two new films...

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Industrial monoculture tree plantations in South Africa: The culture of traditional healers versus the culture of consumption

Posted on Jan 30, 2012

In the reports about the effects of industrial tree plantations of eucalyptus, pine or oil palm on peoples’ lives, negative impacts...

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The new trend of biomass plantations in Brazil: tree monocultures

Posted on Nov 30, 2011

A new expansion cycle: carbon and biomass plantations Within the context of Brazil’s efforts to be a global economic power, a report...

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Uruguay: Pulp plantations threaten dairy heartland

Posted on Oct 30, 2011

The Uruguayan economy is largely dependent on agriculture and livestock raising, in which the dairy industry plays an important role. The...

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Colombia: Monoculture tree plantations threaten land and food sovereignty

Posted on Oct 30, 2011

For more than 20 years, Colombia has seen the ongoing expansion of monoculture tree plantations, to the benefit of transnational companies...

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Nyéléni: A woman’s name for the struggle for Food Sovereignty

Posted on Oct 30, 2011

In Africa there is a story that has been passed down through the years about a woman from Mali named Nyéléni, who challenged patriarchal...

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Terminator technology in agricultural crops and GEtrees: A threat to food sovereignty

Posted on Oct 30, 2011

I come from a family that considers seeds as something sacred. Back in my father’s day, our neighbours could sleep peacefully,...

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Cameroon: peoples territories being targeted for oil palm plantations

Posted on Apr 30, 2011

Powerful countries and corporations have targeted the African continent to become a commodity supplier for their industrial needs. This has...

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Stora Enso makes money out of environmental crimes

Posted on Apr 30, 2011

On April 20, the Finnish-Swedish giant of the forestry industry Stora Enso held their annual shareholder meeting in Helsinki where it...

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Declaration of the Third Special Conference for Food Sovereignty, Rights and Life

Posted on Mar 5, 2011

In Buenos Aires, Argentina, on March 22-25, the International Committee for Food Sovereignty-Regional Coordinator for Latin America and the...

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Guatemala: Oil palm and sugar cane monoculture plantations hurt local communities on the Coyolate River

Posted on Dec 30, 2010

The Pacific watershed of Guatemala comprises 17 river basins. Most of the rivers in this region have a relatively short length of around...

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Brazil: The negative impacts of monoculture eucalyptus plantations has lead to suspending them in various localities in the State of Sao Paulo

Posted on Jan 30, 2010

As experts like geographer Carlos Walter Porto-Gonçalves have repeatedly stressed, economic models based on monoculture plantation...

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South Africa: Threatened grasslands

Posted on Jan 30, 2010

Natural forests aren’t the only landscapes being taken over by timber plantations. South Africa’s biologically diverse native...

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Uruguay: A place where the lies about plantations are all too obvious

Posted on Jan 30, 2010

Everywhere in the world where large-scale monoculture tree plantations are established, their arrival is preceded by a series of promises...

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Ninguem come eucalipto. Em Moçambique também não

Posted on Jan 11, 2010

Only available in Portuguese Produzido pelo Movimento Mundial pelas Florestas Tropicais Realizado por Flavio Pazos Voz: Manuela...

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Food Sovereignty: A positive approach to climate change

Posted on Dec 30, 2009

Food Sovereignty: A positive approach to climate change While the planet is already suffering the effects of climate change, civil society...

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Testimonies of tree plantations and depletion of water resources

Posted on Oct 30, 2009

In every case where large scale fast-growth tree monocultures are established water resources either diminish substantially or disappear...

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The “benefits” of tree plantations: shattering the myths

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

International Day against Monoculture Tree Plantations is a good opportunity to expose the myths being spread around about the so-called...

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Myth No. 2: Tree plantations generate jobs

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

Large-scale tree plantations do not generate jobs because they always involve as much mechanization as possible. For example, the Veracel...

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Myth No. 3: Plantations are much more productive than native forests

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

Anyone that subscribes to this idea must be someone who has either never visited a forest area surrounded by communities, or is simply...

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Myth No. 8: Certification ensures that plantations are socially beneficial and environmentally sustainable

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

In the area of tree plantations, the FSC has become the main body responsible for granting a certificate to plantations assessed as...

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Defend Life!

Posted on Sep 11, 2009

Animation about the differences to local people between a forest and a tree plantation. Produced by the World Rainforest Movement Created...

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Uganda: BIDCO Oil palm plantation expansion will further put at risk local communities livelihoods

Posted on Jun 29, 2009

BIDCO, the largest and fastest growing manufacturer of vegetable oils, fats, margarine, soaps and protein concentrates in East and Central...

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Nigeria: Michelin’s rubber plantations destroyed women’s livelihoods

Posted on Mar 30, 2009

“I don’t want money. I want my land back…if they give me one million Naira [the local currency] today, I will still go broke, but if...

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Rights of rubber farmers in Thailand under free trade

Posted on Feb 23, 2008

By Ms Sayamol Kaiyoorawong and Ms Bandita Yangdee – Project for Ecological Awareness Building This article examines whether rubber...

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Working conditions and health impacts of industrial tree monocultures

Posted on Feb 17, 2008

The environmental impacts of industrial tree monocultures have been widely documented, as have the effects of this industry on local...

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In Defence of Food Severeignty and Biodiversity – We oppose a second “conquest of the desert” through biofuels

Posted on May 25, 2007

Fiske Menuco (General Roca), (see footnote)* The organisations and individuals who attended the First Patagonian Conference on Biofuels are...

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Swaziland: The myth of sustainable timber plantations

Posted on Mar 22, 2007

By Wally Menne and Ricardo Carrere Although Swaziland is not a very well known country, many foresters not only know about its existence...

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Oil Palm. From Cosmetics to Biodiesel, Colonization Lives On

Posted on Sep 22, 2006

Selection of articles published in the monthly electronic bulletin of the World Rainforest Movement, addressing the impacts of the oil palm...

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The death of the Forest: A Report on Wuzhishan’s and Green Rich’s Plantation activities in Cambodia

Posted on Mar 18, 2006

By the World Rainforest Movement Proponents of industrial tree plantations argue that the plantations are “reforestation”, increasing...

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A Study of the Social and Economic Impacts of Industrial Tree Plantations in the KwaZulu – Natal Province of South Africa

Posted on Dec 25, 2005

By John Blessing Karumbidza In the industrial tree-growing sector the primary initiative has entailed two particular strategies. One has...

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The economic and social context of monoculture tree plantations in Chile: the case of the commune of Lumaco, Araucania region

Posted on Aug 18, 2005

By René Montalba Navarro, Noelia Carrasco Henríquez and José Araya Cornejo By means of testimonials, documents and figures, the present...

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Promises of Jobs and Destruction of Work. The case of Aracruz Celulose in Brazil

Posted on May 18, 2005

Edited by The Network Alert against the Green Desert and the WRM By: Alacir De’Nadai, Winfridus Overbeek, Luiz Alberto...

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Tree plantations and depletion of water resources

Posted on May 12, 2005

A presentation with local people’s testimonies from around the world. Download as...

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Plantations are NOT forests

Posted on Oct 9, 2003

This book gathers a selection of articles published in the monthly electronic bulletin of the World Rainforest Movement (WRM), addressing...

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The Bitter Fruit of Oil Palm

Posted on Aug 9, 2001

Given the widely ignored impacts of oil palm plantations and their widespread promotion throughout the tropics, the World Rainforest...

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Ten replies to ten lies

Posted on Aug 9, 1999

By Ricardo Carrere, WRM Planting trees can be very good, but it can also be very bad. It all depends what you’re planting them for, the...

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Pulpwood plantations: a growing problem

Posted on Jun 9, 1999

To millions of people across the world today, the pulp and paper industry is a growing problem. The chipping of native forests to provide...

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Tree Plantations: Impacts and Struggles

Posted on Feb 9, 1999

This book includes a selection of articles published in the World Rainforest Movement’s (WRM) Bulletin on the issue of industrial...

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Pulping the South: Industrial Tree Plantations in the World Paper Economy

Posted on Dec 9, 1996

By Ricardo Carrere and Larry Lohmann This book, commissioned by the World Rainforest Movement at its meeting in Delhi in April 1994, has...

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