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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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New report: Rio Tinto’s biodiversity offset in Madagascar

Posted on Apr 14, 2016

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

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

Posted on Apr 13, 2016

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

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

Posted on Apr 4, 2016

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

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

Posted on May 6, 2015

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

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

Posted on May 6, 2015

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

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FSC: Certifying accumulation markets

Posted on May 6, 2015

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

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

Posted on Apr 19, 2015

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

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

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

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

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Documentary: “Banking Nature”

Posted on Mar 4, 2015

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

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

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

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

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

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

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

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Why are women fighting against extractivism and climate change?

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

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

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REDD: A Collection of Conflicts, Contradictions and Lies

Posted on Dec 3, 2014

REDD: A Collection of Conflicts, Contradictions and Lies presents summaries of reports from 24 REDD projects or programmes with a common...

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Two-years research into business links of the NGO WWF in all corners of the world uncover the true face of the panda

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

The Silence of the Pandas became a German bestseller in 2012. A series of injunctions and court cases launched by WWF delayed publication...

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REDD moves from forests to landscapes: More of the same, just bigger and with bigger risk to cause harm

Posted on Sep 27, 2014

Text: Jutta Kill Published in September 2014 (previously as an article of the monthly electronic bulletin of WRM of July 2014) Also...

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“Blue Carbon” and “Blue REDD”: Transforming coastal ecosystems into merchandise

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

Also available in Bahasa – Translated by KIARA Text: Winfridus Overbeek Photos: Redmanglar Internacional, Kiara, CPP,...

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Beware the bioeconomy

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

    Just a few years ago forestry giant Weyerhauser, a US-based logging company, began running a series of intriguing adverts in...

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The So-Called “Green” Economy: the Last Looting Frontier

Posted on Aug 5, 2014

By OtrosMundos Chiapas. The so-called “Green Economy” is a new area of business. It is called “Green” not because it is good for...

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“Blue Carbon” and “Blue REDD”: Transforming coastal ecosystems into merchandise

Posted on Aug 4, 2014

  (*) “Marine and coastal territories” is used here to refer to territories that include mangrove forests and their area of influence,...

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“Climate Smart Agriculture” – The Commodification of soils in the Global South

Posted on Aug 4, 2014

In March this year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), an international scientific body tasked with the responsibility...

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Insisting on REDD is playing a game already lost for the climate and peoples

Posted on Aug 4, 2014

FIFA is a for-profit organization which, through its leaders and a small group of corporations, merchandises the world’s most popular...

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Carbon versus food

Posted on Jun 10, 2014

A case study of the “Fair Forest Carbon compensation” project of French company Pur Projet, in the region of San Martin, Peru,...

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Trade in Ecosystem Services. When payment for environmental services delivers a permit to destroy

Posted on Apr 29, 2014

This new publication looks at the concept of ‘Payment for Environmental Services’ in its current cloths; examines some of the claims made by those who argue that putting a price on Nature is the only way to save Nature

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One of capitalism’s false solutions to its crisis: strengthening patriarchy

Posted on Apr 5, 2014

Today, we watch as the capitalist system undergoes a major restructuring in order to keep the current order of oppression and exploitation...

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PES turns into Permission for Environmental Shattering

Posted on Feb 5, 2014

Content of this article:Introduction– Box: What is being traded in ‘Ecosystem Service’ Markets?From PES to ‘offset’...

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“Sustainable Forest Landscapes”: A new frontier for the commodification of nature

Posted on Feb 5, 2014

In this first issue of 2014, we once again address the subject of “environmental services”. In a previous WRM bulletin on the same...

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Payments for ecosystem services and the fatal attraction of win-win solutions

Posted on Feb 5, 2014

Academic article by R. Muradian and...

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Biodiversity offsetting in practice

Posted on Feb 5, 2014

FERN Briefing that describes “how biodiversity offset schemes have fared so far and shows that the picture is far from rosy”. With...

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Leyes, políticas y economía verde al servicio del despojo de los pueblos

Posted on Jan 20, 2014

Only available in Spanish. The Alianza Biodiversidad, Friends of the Earth Latin America and the Caribbean (ATALC) and World Rainforest...

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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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Over 100 organisations call for an end to biodiversity offsetting plans

Posted on Nov 21, 2013

  This press release coincides with the opening of the World Forum on Natural Capital www.naturalcapitalforum.com in Edinburgh. To...

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Flawed Logic: Why forests cannot offset fossil fuel emissions

Posted on Nov 19, 2013

To coincide with the COP19 UN climate negotiations in Warsaw, Greenpeace has released a short briefing explaining why forests cannot offset...

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The Monte Pascoal‐Pau Brasil ecological corridor carbon, community and biodiversity initiative: another carbon offset failure

Posted on Nov 17, 2013

by Jutta Kill, World Rainforest Movement. Document published in “Leyes, políticas y economía verde al servicio del despojo de los...

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Climate Summit: Don’t turn farmers into ‘climate smart’ carbon traders! PRESS RELEASE

Posted on Nov 12, 2013

Media release of La Vía Campesina | GRAIN | ETC Group. 7 November 2013. Farmers produce food, not carbon. Yet, if some of the governments...

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Special section on COP 19 of the Climate Change Convention

Posted on Nov 7, 2013

The 19th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC and the 9th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting...

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Statement open for signatures: No to Biodiversity Offsetting!

Posted on Nov 6, 2013

This statement is open for signatures from organizations, groups, networks, associations, collectives! To sign up please send an email to:...

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Letter to be sent to the president of Gabon to express opposition to the creation of a ecosystems services market

Posted on Sep 20, 2013

     The second action is being carried out in Gabon, in response to the recent approval of a decree (Resolution No. 20/2013 on...

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REDD plus or REDD “Light”? Biodiversity, communities and forest carbon certification

Posted on Mar 30, 2013

“REDD plus or REDD “Light”? Biodiversity, communities and forest carbon certification”, a new report in English by the Swedish...

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10 things communities should know about REDD

Posted on Jan 11, 2013

The main goal of this booklet is to inform communities about the serious problems that a REDD project can cause for the people...

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In confronting the climate crisis, what rights should hold precedence?

Posted on Dec 30, 2012

At the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, held in Doha, Qatar,...

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REDD, mercado de carono, pagamento por serviços ambientais Que são?

Posted on Dec 27, 2012

Only available in Portuguese. Forum Mudanças Climáticas e Justiça Social, Comissão Epsicopal Pastoral para o Serviço da Caridade, da...

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REDD and the Indigenous Peoples of Costa Rica

Posted on Dec 14, 2012

Costa Rica is currently known throughout the world for its efforts in forest conservation. This “success” is mainly attributable to its...

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How REDD and environmental services threaten the Lives of Forest People in Acre

Posted on Dec 14, 2012

By Sindicato dos Trabalhadores Rurais de Xapuri – Federação do Povo Huni Kui do Acre. What are the real problems of forest peoples in...

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Disputed Territory. The green economy versus community-based economies

Posted on Dec 11, 2012

Produced by the World Rainforest Movement Interviews: Winnie Overbeek Camera and Edition: Flavio Pazos. A story of the peoples of the...

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Brazil: Continued destruction of forests and biodiversity in the state of Acre, considered a model of the “Green Economy” in the Brazilian Amazon

Posted on Oct 30, 2012

  Over the last two decades, the Latin America and Caribbean region has lost 9% of its forest cover, primarily as a result of...

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Trade in Environmental Services

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

“Environmental Services”, or “Ecosystem Services”, is an invented term developed within the capitalist economy by biologists and...

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Brazil: The fast expansion of oil palm in the Amazon region

Posted on Sep 30, 2012

The area planted with oil palm trees in Brazil used to be relatively small as compared to other countries producing this plant in Latin...

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Growing speculation: From the appropriation and commodification to the financialization of nature

Posted on Aug 30, 2012

  Finan-what? The term “financialization” may sound overly complex and academic, or perhaps even made up. It could lead some...

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Law on Payment for Environmental Services in Acre benefits the financial market

Posted on Aug 30, 2012

An article that analyzes the law passed in the Brazilian state of Acre in 2010 to create the State System of Incentives for Environmental...

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Nature is not for sale!

Posted on Aug 30, 2012

A leaflet on the Green Economy and the financialization of nature, published by Friends of the Earth France, ATTAC and AITEC. Available...

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Continuing our struggles

Posted on Jul 30, 2012

Those who were in Rio de Janeiro between June 15 and 23 were able to observe three parallel and different but interconnected processes. The...

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Rights of Nature: Planting the Seeds of Change

Posted on Jul 30, 2012

Rather than shifting course, the so-called Green Economy strategy unveiled at the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development...

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Asian movements and organizations reject the “Green Economy”

Posted on Jun 30, 2012

Movements and organizations from Asia have made a declaration rejecting the “Green Economy” being proposed by global institutions and...

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Joint publication on Green Economy

Posted on Jun 30, 2012

“Economía verde. El asalto final a los bienes comunes” (Green Economy: The final assault on the commons), only in Spanish, is a...

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Video on Financialization of Nature

Posted on Jun 30, 2012

Produced by La Antena and AttacTV, the short animated film deals with the takeover of nature by financial markets and the real alternatives...

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What is at stake at Rio+20

Posted on Jun 30, 2012

This edition of the WRM bulletin is being released as the Rio+20 People’s Summit is beginning in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In May, during a...

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Economía verde: el asalto final a los bienes comunes

Posted on Jun 15, 2012

Only available in Spanish Por GRAIN,  ATALC y el WRM Este libro es un esfuerzo colectivo por entender cuál es el trasfondo de los...

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EJOLT releases report on CDM in Africa

Posted on May 30, 2012

EJOLT (Environmental Justice Organisations, Liabilities and Trade) is an ambitious collaborative project that brings together 23...

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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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Public response of WRM to Forest Trends

Posted on Mar 30, 2012

The article: “Environmental services and the promotion of the commodification and financialization of nature: Forests, tree plantations...

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New crossroads, same actors: The green economy of the powerful, voices of resistance of women

Posted on Mar 30, 2012

Business as usual dressed up in green Humanity is moving along old paths in new clothes. The current civilization model, which is portrayed...

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The invisible resistance of women against the commodification of life

Posted on Mar 30, 2012

All around the world there are women struggling every day of the year. Since the 20th century, however, International Women’s Day has...

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What are “environmental services”, “payment for environmental services” and “trade in environmental services”?

Posted on Feb 28, 2012

The term environmental services, also known as ecosystem services, includes the noun “service”, a term that is widely used in the...

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How did the idea of “environmental services” emerge?

Posted on Feb 28, 2012

To understand the emergence and development of the idea of environmental services, it is important to consider at least two crises that hit...

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How can a price be placed on “environmental services”, and who benefits?

Posted on Feb 28, 2012

How can the price of environmental services be established? How can it be determined, for example, what the “storage” and...

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Monoculture tree plantations and trade in environmental services

Posted on Feb 28, 2012

Companies that promote monoculture tree plantations for the production of pulp, charcoal, timber and other purposes have attempted to ride...

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The “environmental services” debate and Rio+20

Posted on Feb 28, 2012

There has been a lot more talk recently about environmental services, especially in connection with preparations for the Rio+20...

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Why should we say no to “trade in environmental services”?

Posted on Feb 28, 2012

Defenders of the idea of trade in environmental services claim that it is an excellent alternative for forest peoples, because it would...

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Ways forward?

Posted on Feb 28, 2012

Speculative capital and the stakeholders involved, such as banks, consultants, big companies and investment funds, along with allies like...

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Introduction

Posted on Feb 28, 2012

In view of the upcoming Rio+20 conference,(*) taking place this June, WRM would like to offer some background information on issues that...

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Special WRM Bulletin – Trade in Environmental Services

Posted on Feb 24, 2012

In view of the upcoming Rio+20 conference, taking place this June, WRM would like to offer some background information on issues that will...

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Open letter against the “green economy” and in favour of life

Posted on Jan 30, 2012

This March 6 to 9 the Convention on Biological Diversity and the governments of Ecuador, India, Japan, Norway and Sweden will host a...

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Ecuador: Pronouncement in Defence of Pachamama and Life

Posted on Jan 30, 2012

To commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Instituto de Estudios Ecologistas del Tercer Mundo (Third World Institute for Ecological...

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CDM does not reduce emissions. Leaving fossil fuels in the ground does

Posted on Nov 30, 2011

Last month, I was in Bangkok for a meeting about carbon markets in southeast Asia. It was ironic to be discussing a false solution to...

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Brazil – Behind the Greenwashing: The commodification of forests and impacts on local communities in the state of Acre

Posted on Nov 30, 2011

The state of Acre, in the Brazilian Amazon region, earned worldwide attention in the late 1980s through the struggle for social and...

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Democratic Republic of Congo. Conservation International REDD pilot project: a different kind of Disney production

Posted on Nov 10, 2011

By Belmond Tchoumba This report is based on the fi ndings of research conducted by WRM on the REDD pilot project being undertaken by...

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Food sovereignty is not possible without biodiversity

Posted on Oct 30, 2011

Over the years, the establishment of large-scale monoculture plantations for food production has been accompanied by the so-called Green...

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Food sovereignty and the new “discovery” of biodiversity

Posted on Oct 30, 2011

For thousands of years, different peoples in the most disparate parts of the world – especially women, but also men – have guaranteed...

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Mangroves hijacked by the carbon market

Posted on Jul 30, 2011

The capacity of mangroves to store carbon has come to the fore. University scientists have teamed up with forestry researchers to examine...

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FSC continues to lose credibility

Posted on Jun 6, 2011

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) was established in 1993 to certify “socially beneficial, economically viable and environmentally...

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Brazil: The case of Plantar – the FSC at the service of the sale of carbon credits

Posted on Feb 28, 2011

Companies that promote large-scale monoculture tree plantations do not seek the FSC label solely to increase the value of their final...

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Forests with the people

Posted on Jan 30, 2011

The origin of forests Some 430 million years ago, plants and arthropods began to live on land and to evolve, adapting to their new habitat...

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REDD in the Congo Basin

Posted on Dec 11, 2010

The forest of the Congo Basin expands over an area of continuous tropical rainforest cover only second to that of the Amazon forest. The...

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Shopping carbon in forests: the wrong road to Cancun

Posted on Jul 29, 2010

For many years now the world expansion of the pulp and paper business has been increasingly covering millions of  hectares of land with...

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Carbon trading: flying on the trapeze without a net

Posted on Nov 29, 2009

There is nothing like creating a problem for finding a good business opportunity . Or at least this is so for seasoned business men and...

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Bath tubs, forests, carbon trading and climate change

Posted on Feb 27, 2009

In 2008, the value of the carbon market increased by 84 per cent, with total transactions increasing from US$64 billion in 2007 to US$118...

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Carbon Neutral Magicians

Posted on Nov 15, 2008

Being “carbon neutral” has become fashionable. The World Bank, the Vatican, the World Olympics, the Football World Cup, the Body Shop,...

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