World Rainforest Movement

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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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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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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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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“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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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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Women and Property in Cameroon: Laws and Reality

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

The agricultural force on the continent In Cameroon as in many African countries, women daily endure practices that could be considered...

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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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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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Speaking of water, plantations are not forests

Posted on Mar 23, 2016

Dear friends: On the occasion of March 21st, International Day of Forests, the FAO has launched a spot that addresses the importance of...

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The new legal framework on biodiversity and the commodification of nature in Brazil

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

The December 2015 Raíces newsletter focuses on the problems arising around approval and regulation of the Legal Framework on Biodiversity,...

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New genetic technologies: corporate control over regulation

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

A report by Corporate Europe Observatory reveals how the biotech industry is trying to shape rules to allow the entry of new technologies...

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Resisting Militarism – World March of Women | 8th March, 2016

Posted on Mar 9, 2016

Dear sisters, friends, activists and fellow fighters, In recent days, the world has been getting ready to celebrate the 8thof March,...

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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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Destructive biofuels and wood-based biomass out of next Renewable Energy Directive say 120 organisations to EU renewables consultation

Posted on Feb 11, 2016

Press Release.  10th February 2016 – 120 civil society organisations and networks from across the globe have published a declaration...

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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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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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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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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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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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Declaration: Large-scale bioenergy must be excluded from the renewable energy definition

Posted on Nov 20, 2015

  We, the signatories of this declaration, are calling on the European Union (EU) to exclude bioenergy from its next Renewable Energy...

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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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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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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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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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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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Genetically engineered eucalyptus trees approved in Brazil. How long before we see GE tree monocultures in REDD?

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

Last April, the commercial use of GE eucalyptus trees was approved in Brazil, despite the strong local resistance and evidence of GE...

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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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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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Corporate Greenwash in Tuscany

Posted on Jun 9, 2015

Campaign to STOP Genetically Engineered Trees.FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE IUFRO Tree Biotechnology Conference Denounced for Promoting GMO...

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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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Dakar to Tunis: Declaration against water and land grabbing

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

The Africa Social Forum that took place in Dakar in October 2014 released the Declaration against Water and Land grabbing, which affirms...

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ProSavana Plan in Mozambique is out and threatening peasants’ land

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

Peasants in northern Mozambique are struggling to keep their lands and water sources, as governments and foreign companies move...

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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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The massive loot of water

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

  Each year, fleets of aircraft, ships, trucks and trains, as well as thousands of kilometers of pipelines and ducts are used to...

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Water: stream of life and knowledge

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

  There is a crucial difference when one refers to water as a living element rather than as a “resource”. The Western point of...

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The tree plantation and paper industry pollutes water: Communities in Indonesia affected by APP

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

  People in Indonesia, particularly in the Banten province, on the island of Java, demand that the government enforce the law and...

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Tree plantations – silently stealing us dry

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

While much of the world is caught up in economic and political turmoil, there is a far more serious but less obvious issue. As a slow,...

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Untold stories of water theft and pollution

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

Behind many appealing products in the supermarkets of major urban centers in the world, there are countless silenced stories. Behind the...

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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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Brazil – Profiting more from doing the same: The financialization of Fibria’s eucalyptus monocultures

Posted on May 6, 2015

A piece of news circulating in Brazil in 2013 appeared odd at first glance: Fibria, one of the world’s largest producers of pulp...

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Brazil approves commercial use of the first GM eucalyptus tree

Posted on May 6, 2015

  As expected and despite the strong national and international opposition, on April 9, the Brazilian National Technical Commission...

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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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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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The global biomass robbery

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

A new report by EJOLT, an alliance of academic and activist groups struggling for environmental justice, analyses the increasing global...

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Women peasants preventing GM trees release in Brazil!

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

In the morning of 5 March 2015, 1,000 women from the Landless Rural Workers Movement in Brazil (MST) occupied the area of field trials...

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US Greenlights First GE Tree for commercialization

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

In an unprecedented and alarming move, the United States Department of Agriculture has given GE tree company ArborGen permission to pursue...

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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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World Forestry Congress in Africa 2015: More tree monocultures or more forest conservation for Africa?

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

  In September this year, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is organizing the XIV World Forestry...

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China and Malaysia: furthering plantations and GE Trees

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

Much of the research into genetic engineering (GE) of trees focuses on following plantation industries’ wishes, which are most...

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Transgenic trees and Terminator technology

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

  There are many reasons why it is essential to oppose the introduction of transgenic trees, such as their impact on forests,...

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“Transgenics are not welcome”. Interview with André Hl Dallagnol of the Brazilian NGO Terra de Direitos (Land of Rights)

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

  FuturaGene, a subsidiary of Suzano Papel e Celulose, one of Brazil’s largest pulp and paper producers, has requested to the...

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Stora Enso and GM trees: Intensifying destruction of forests and peoples

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

  Stora-Enso, a giant Swedish-Finnish industrial forestry company and one of the largest producers of pulp and paper in the world, is...

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Transgenic trees in Chile: Urgent need to modify DNA of policies, not plants

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

  Transgenic forestry in Chile is shrouded in mystery, secretiveness and corporate lobbies. While state agencies deny that transgenic...

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GMO Trees Approved in Brazil: Common Sense & Precaution Ignored

Posted on Apr 9, 2015

  Decision made in violation of national law and international protocols Montevideo, UY and New York, NY (9 April 2015)–The...

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Petition: Brazilian Gov’t Must Reject Genetically Engineered Eucalyptus Trees

Posted on Mar 30, 2015

  By The Campaign to STOP GE Trees. Sign below to insist CTNBio not approve GMO Trees! On Thursday 5 March, the Brazilian Biosafety...

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No a la liberación del eucalipto transgénico en Brasil

Posted on Mar 30, 2015

Only available in Spanish. Por Alianza Biodiversidad y Red por una América Latina Libre de Transgénicos. Las mujeres del Movimiento de...

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Women speak: climate justice stories from the frontlines

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

On December 8, 2014, a group of extraordinary women leaders gathered in Lima, Peru during the UN climate negotiations to speak out against...

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Women’s Struggle: for Food Sovereignty; against violence and agribusiness!

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

The international network of peasants, La Via Campesina, calls for the coordination of actions during the International Women’s Day to...

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Josefina and the Water Springs against Pine Plantations in Ecuador’s Páramos

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

Twenty years ago, a Dutch company paid communities to establish pine tree plantations in the high mountains of Ecuador. The aim was for...

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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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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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Actions Globally Call on Brazil to Reject GMO Trees

Posted on Mar 4, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York (4 March 2015) – Organizations on four continents took action yesterday at Brazilian consulates and...

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URGENT: GE Eucalyptus to be approved in Brazil

Posted on Feb 27, 2015

Dear friends, As many of you will remember, last year we organized – together with various partner organizations in Brazil – a...

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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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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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“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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Chile: Discredited FSC label continues to legitimize industrial tree plantations  

Posted on Feb 23, 2015

The companies Forestal Mininco y Forestal Arauco account for the vast majority of tree plantation activities in Chile, with almost two...

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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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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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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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Brazil: Federal Prosecutor’s Office upholds injunction barring BNDES financing for Fibria Celulose, a company certified by the FSC

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

The Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office (Ministério Público Federal or MPF) of Brazil has ruled to suspend financing from the...

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Thailand’s New ‘Forestry Master Plan’: Same old strategy dressed up in new clothes

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

    On 31 July 2014, the ‘Forestry Master Plan’ (FMP) was issued by Thailand’s Internal Security Operations Command and...

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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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News from the 20th Conference of the Parties of the CCC – Lima

Posted on Dec 8, 2014

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) entered into force in 1994, aimed at reducing greenhouse gas...

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