World Rainforest Movement

Land conflict in Côte d’Ivoire: local communities continue to struggle against the state and Belgian company SIAT

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

Three villages in Côte d’Ivoire were informed in 2015 that the government had granted a concession covering a total of 11 thousand...

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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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Main initiatives to expand tree plantations in Latin America, Africa and Asia

Posted on Feb 7, 2017

Years before governments adopted the Paris Agreement, international initiatives promising millions of hectares of reforestation and forest...

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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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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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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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China: Worlds largest reforestation scheme fails to protect natural forests and threatens more

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

A study from Agroforestry World has shown that while China has increased the amount of tree cover with a reforestation and ‘payment for...

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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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Women’s roles, rights and responsibility in natural resources: Some reflections from Mekong Region

Posted on Apr 5, 2014

In Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar it remains common until today that the wife will be the one who ‘owns’ the land of...

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Guatemala: The silent advance of industrial rubber tree plantations

Posted on Sep 11, 2013

  Hevea brasilensis, known as the Pará rubber tree or, most commonly, the rubber tree, is native to South America. It is the member...

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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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Gabon: New study warns of impacts of the expansion of oil palm and rubber tree plantations

Posted on Feb 28, 2013

Tropical rainforests cover 85% of the total land area in Gabon. They are home to an immense diversity of species, on which some 300,000...

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Your urgent support requested: help release peasants and an activist of Walhi persecuted and arrested in Indonesia

Posted on Jan 30, 2013

On January 29, 2013, at about 4:30pm, a protest of peasants was violently repressed in South Sumatra by the Regional Police. About 25...

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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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Rubber Plantations

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

The rubber tree is originally from the Amazon forest but now spread over all tropical forest regions. Rubber plantations are increasingly...

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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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Open letter to the Gabonese government authorities

Posted on Sep 10, 2012

ACTION ALERT – GABON  As many countries in Africa, Gabon is facing an alarming rate of expansion of oil palm and rubber...

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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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Mozambique: Monoculture tree plantation projects foster land grabbing, threaten food security

Posted on Apr 30, 2012

The interest of foreign investors in natural resources, and especially land, has grown significantly in recent years throughout Africa, and...

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False solutions to climate change enabling land grabbing in Africa

Posted on Nov 30, 2011

Next week an international farmers’ conference will take place in Mali to stop land grabbing. Organized by La Via Campesina, it is...

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Laos: Research on the impacts of rubber plantations

Posted on Feb 27, 2010

A research project was carried out in Laos to evaluate the economic, social and ecological impacts of large-scale land concessions to plant...

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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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Cambodia: Indigenous people confronted with a rubber plantation empire

Posted on May 30, 2009

In the remote Cambodian province of Mondulkiri, the villagers of Busra feel their future fragile and uncertain since the Cambodian...

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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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Women raise their voices against tree plantations. Testimonies from Brazil, Nigeria and Papua New Guinea

Posted on Mar 11, 2009

By the World Rainforest Movement and Forest and Biodiversity Program of Friends of the Earth International Screenplay: Flavio...

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Nigeria: Tyres at the expense of people’s livelihoods

Posted on Jan 30, 2009

Did you ever imagine that the tyres of your car may have been produced at the expense of a local community’s livelihood in...

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Résistances contre deux géants industriels en forêt tropicale

Posted on Dec 22, 2008

(Only available in French) Populations locales versus plantations commerciales d’hévéas et de palmiers à huile dans le Sud-Cameroun By...

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Plantations in the mekong region: overview

Posted on Dec 15, 2008

Eucalyptus, oil palm, rubber and jatropha monoculture plantations are expanding onto local communities’ lands and forests in the Mekong...

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Oil palm and rubber plantations in Western and Central Africa: An Overview

Posted on Dec 15, 2008

Oil palm and rubber plantations are very similar in many respects, but there is something that clearly differentiates them: oil palm is a...

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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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The Vitoria Statement in Support of the Struggles of Local Peoples Against Large-Scale Tree Plantations

Posted on Nov 24, 2005

The following Statement was issued on 24/11/05 in Vitoria, Espirito Santo, Brazil at an international meeting on building support for local...

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Forest destruction for poverty reduction: The Tum Ring rubber Plantation

Posted on Jun 23, 2004

by Andrew Cock. In “Plantations are not Forests. Commercial Tree Plantations in the Mekong Region”.Vol. 9 No. 3 March –...

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