World Rainforest Movement

An open letter to the FAO launched on September 21st, International Day of Struggle against Tree Monocultures

Posted on Sep 21, 2016

Dear Friends, Today, September 21st, marks the International Day of Struggle Against Tree Plantations. On this day, as part of the actions...

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How does the FAO Forest definition harm people and forests? An open letter to the FAO

Posted on Sep 21, 2016

Launched on September 21st, International Day of Struggle against Tree Monocultures In September 2015, during the XIV World Forestry...

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India: Support forest dependent communities against plantations expansion!

Posted on Sep 20, 2016

WRM together with the All India Forum of Forest Movements, and the Campaign for Survival and Dignity are mobilizing against the CAF Act...

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“Conservationists, are you listening?” Baka Indigenous Peoples in Cameroon

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

In southeast Cameroon, Baka Indigenous Peoples and their neighbours continue to be illegally evicted in the name of conservation, most...

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Emerging without submerging: the challenge of international policies on the environment in Central Africa

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

Central Africa is flooded with regional and international initiatives to manage its natural resources. In this forest region par...

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Protected Areas in the Congo Basin: Failing both people and biodiversity

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

(1) The creation of “protected areas” throughout the world is mainly based on a philosophy that originated in the United States (US)...

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The Congo Basin: in the Sights of Capital

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

The Congo Basin in Central Africa contains the second largest forest in the world. Its extensive territory is shared by six countries: the...

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Racism: A Legacy of Colonial Power

Posted on May 6, 2016

Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi warns us of the risks of listening to the same version of a story over and over again. That story we...

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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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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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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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Trade deals, agribusiness and the climate crisis

Posted on Nov 9, 2015

  The climate talks in Paris in December this year are viewed as a last chance for the world’s governments to commit to binding...

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Timber business over Cambodia’s “protected” forests

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

Ancient forests are being lost at an “unprecedented” rate from protected lands in Cambodia, according to a new report from the...

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Plantations are not forests!

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

In September 2015, the UN Organization for Food and Agriculture (FAO) will held the World Forestry Congress in Durban, South Africa, on the...

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Logging concessions; basis of an industry, or political control?

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

Over the last two decades, massive tracts of virgin tropical forests have come under exploitation, in all three underdeveloped regions....

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Tell the United Nations: Plantations are NOT forests!

Posted on Aug 18, 2015

At the UN’s World Forestry Congress in Durban, South Africa, in September, policymakers, industry and others will debate the...

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10th September 2015 is the Global Day of Action against Fake Forests

Posted on Aug 17, 2015

Dear all In Durban we will march to protest the expansion of industrial tree plantations that destroy ecosystems and biodiversity, steal...

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Latin America and EU Trade relationships – Animated video

Posted on Jun 9, 2015

de EU Latin America.This video explains how a trade relationship – mainly based on the extraction of raw materials – is...

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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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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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While FAO celebrates the International Day of Forests, artificial trees advance: genetically engineered “forests”

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

For several years now the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has celebrated the International Day of Forests on...

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United Nations’ 2015 International Day of Forests. Theme: “Forests / Climate / Change”. What change? 

Posted on Mar 20, 2015

Download as pdf here. Also available in Bahasa The aim of this document is to respond to this year’s campaign for March 21 carried out by...

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This is not sustainable

Posted on Mar 20, 2015

This two-minutes video is a rebuttal of the one-minute video produced by FAO for International Day of Forests. The video aims to challenge...

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International Day of the Forests – March 21st, 2015

Posted on Mar 17, 2015

Dear friends, WRM is pleased to announce the release of three new materials that we would like to share with you on March 21, designated by...

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Masking the Destruction: REDD+ in the Peruvian Amazon

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

  For almost 20 years, the United Nations climate negotiations have promoted the carbon market as the flagship ‘solution’ for...

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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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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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“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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Thailand: Forest populations need a voice

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

In Thailand, both the army and civilian governments define forests as “wilderness free of inhabitants”, neglecting that tropical...

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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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Indonesian logger: “cleared peat forest doesn’t have high conservation value”

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

For Indonesian logging company Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings Limited (APRIL), clearing of peat forest on an island of...

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When forests aren’t really forests: the high cost of Chile’s tree plantations,

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

According to Global Forest Watch, Chile’s forests are expanding. On the ground, however, a different scene plays out: monocultures have...

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Russia: How to combine forest conservation and a traditional use of nature?

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

The Russian Federation, located in Eastern Europe and Northern Asia, is the world’s largest country in terms of area. Part of this...

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The roots of a forest

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

In March 2014, more than 100 organizations from all over the world requested through an open letter that the Food and Agriculture...

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India: Forest struggles at the crossroads

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

One can still come across unfragmented forests and wilderness landscapes in India, some of them comprising the type of structural and...

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Energy, Work and Finance

Posted on Jul 4, 2014

The Corner House. This report argues that those looking to achieve a greener and more democratic energy future, should see energy and...

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Accelerating deforestation: Financialization as a driver of infrastructure projects

Posted on Jul 4, 2014

Infrastructure projects, such as the building of highways, railways, ports and airports, installations for the extraction of oil, gas and...

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Large-scale infrastructure projects in forests: Constructing a base without a foundation

Posted on Jul 4, 2014

If you asked someone to list some of the main causes of rainforest deforestation, they would probably mention, for example, logging,...

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India: Evicted for “tiger conservation”

Posted on Jun 10, 2014

With similar arguments as people in conservation areas who have been evicted for REDD, like the Sengwer case in Kenya...

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A summit on forests with “experts” and without communities

Posted on Jun 10, 2014

This past May 5 and 6, the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) organized a summit on forests in Jakarta, Indonesia, called...

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APRIL clears high conservation value forest in Sumatra’s Kampar Peninsula, as it breaks its own commitment

Posted on May 7, 2014

APRIL clears high conservation value forest in Sumatra’s Kampar Peninsula, as it breaks its own commitment, is an Investigative Report of...

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International campaign to define forests for their true meaning

Posted on Apr 5, 2014

La Via Campesina, Friends of the Earth International, Focus on the Global South, the World Rainforest Movement and more than than 120...

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Open letter to FAO on the occasion of the International Day of Forests 2014

Posted on Mar 17, 2014

The United Nations (UN) has declared March 21st as the International Day of Forests. For us a good reason to send once again a letter (see...

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Masking the Destruction: REDD+ in the Peruvian Amazon

Posted on Nov 22, 2013

By Joanna Cabello, World Rainforest Movement Document published in “Leyes, políticas y economía verde al servicio del despojo de...

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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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REDD+ and the Underlying Causes of Deforestation and forest Degradation

Posted on Nov 13, 2013

The Global Forest Coalition launched a new report on ‘REDD+ and the Underlying Causes of Deforestation and forest Degradation’...

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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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A brief overview of deforestation in tropical forests

Posted on Mar 30, 2013

1. Introduction UN climate negotiations have sparked a new wave of international interest in the fate of tropical forests. Their...

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Open letter to the UN and its institutions and initiatives related to forest issues

Posted on Mar 1, 2013

On the occasion of March 21st, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly as International Day of the Forests (1), the World Rainforest Movement...

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Forest Definition

Posted on Feb 26, 2013

  Most of the national and international governmental bodies use the FAO definition in relation to forests which defines forests as...

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Protected Areas and High Conservation Value Forests

Posted on Feb 26, 2013

Creating protected areas has been a ‘colonial’ model of conservation created in the USA and exported to the rest of the world and for...

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Forest Definition

Posted on Feb 26, 2013

  Most of the national and international governmental bodies use the FAO definition in relation to forests which defines forests as...

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Indian organizations declared all the Tiger Reserves in the Nilgiris Biosphere Reserves as illegal

Posted on Jan 30, 2013

Following a collaborative study conducted in the four Protected Areas: Nagarhole, Bandipur, Mudumalai and Wayanad, several social groups...

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World Summit on Sustainable Forest (-destruction)

Posted on Dec 30, 2012

“World Summit on Sustainable Forest (-destruction)”, a satirical blog on the summit that will be held on March 5th-6th 2013 in...

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Malaysia: Industrial acacia plantations violate and threaten the rights of Indigenous Peoples

Posted on Dec 30, 2012

The state government of Sarawak has conceded a total area of 490,000 hectares for industrial tree plantations of acacia, the biggest area...

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Green Economics in Brazil: Women talk about the impact of the SPVS REDD project and a Boticário Foundation protected area

Posted on Dec 14, 2012

Testimonies of community women impacted by carbon and forest conservation projects that today are included in the so-called Green Economy.

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Environmental Human Rights Advocates Challenge REDD+ in Chiapas and in California

Posted on Dec 14, 2012

Social organizations try to prevent a Chiapas-California REDD agreement from going forward. They denounce the potential for increased emissions in California on the one hand and landgrabs in Chiapas on the other.

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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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Disputed territory: new video on the green economy versus community-based economies in southern Brazil

Posted on Dec 14, 2012

A story of the peoples of the Atlantic Forest in southern Brazil in a disputed territory where the green economy competes with community-based economies.

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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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Green Economy in Brazil, the privatization of the Atlantic Forest: impacts from REDD projects and nature reserves on women and men in traditional communities

Posted on Nov 25, 2012

by Winfridus Overbeek The forest known as the Mata Atlantica (Atlantic Forest) in Brazil is one of the richest biomes in the planet in...

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Brazil: Documentary film exposes FSC plantations as “Sustainable on Paper” only

Posted on Oct 30, 2012

  “Sustainable on Paper”, a documentary film by journalists An-Katrien Lecluyse and Leopold Broers released in Belgium in 2011,...

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Gathering support for Indian forest communities at the CDB

Posted on Oct 30, 2012

  In 2006, the Indian Parliament enacted the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights)...

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Excessive Paper Consumption

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

In 2009, the average North American, even coping with the financial-economic crisis, still consumed five times more paper than the world...

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Underlying causes

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

  The underlying causes that drive deforestation are multiple, interrelated, less easily visible, and often little discussed and...

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Excessive Paper Consumption

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

In 2009, the average North American, even coping with the financial-economic crisis, still consumed five times more paper than the world...

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Sustainable Energy for All – or another scheme to increase energy corporation profits?

Posted on Jun 30, 2012

Sustainable Energy for All (SEFA) is an initiative launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in October 2011 and which has been gaining...

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The Green Economy according to FAO: More “green deserts”

Posted on Jun 30, 2012

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is hosting a Rio+20 side event on June 18, called “Forests: The heart...

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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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New request for FAO to define forests by their true meaning

Posted on Jan 30, 2012

On January 21, during International Green Week in Berlin, the environmental organization Rainforest Rescue presented the director-general...

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Brazil: The definition of forest – another front for resistance and reconquest

Posted on Jan 30, 2012

The year 2011 was declared the International Year of Forests by the United Nations. Major international events such as the climate...

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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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At the end of the International Year of Forests, is there anything to celebrate?

Posted on Dec 30, 2011

The United Nations (UN) declared this year, 2011, the International Year of Forests. Now that 2011 is coming to an end, it would be...

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Forests. Much more than a lot of trees

Posted on Nov 29, 2011

Produced by the World Rainforest Movement Directed by Flavio Pazos The United Nations declared 2011 as the International Year of...

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Forest definition

Posted on Nov 10, 2011

When we talk about “the definition of forest”, what is perhaps most striking is the fact that, although there are many definitions of...

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Forests and food sovereignty: Voices of the sons and daughters of the forest

Posted on Oct 30, 2011

Food sovereignty, which is centred on local autonomy, local markets and community action, and encompasses issues like agrarian reform,...

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Some hints on tree plantations

Posted on Sep 30, 2011

We live in times of warming. Perhaps the climate is the most obvious expression of an economic acceleration that has warmed up its engines,...

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On the International Day of Struggle against Tree Plantations let’s define the forest by its true meaning

Posted on Sep 30, 2011

On September 21st several activities will be coordinated around the world to celebrate the International Day of Struggle against Tree...

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Towards September 21

Posted on Aug 30, 2011

As September 21, the International Day Against Monoculture Tree Plantations, draws ever closer, we continue to collect reflections,...

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India: Freedom after a century of struggle

Posted on Jul 30, 2011

The tribal villages of Surma and Golbojhi celebrated their liberation on the occasion of International Labour Day on May 1. The freedom...

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Be alert! Don’t allow tree plantations to be called forests

Posted on Jul 30, 2011

Wikipedia – the free encyclopedia built collaboratively – is an increasing reference even for academic use. We can have a voice there...

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New UNEP report calls for reduced mineral resource consumption

Posted on Jun 6, 2011

A new report released by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), titled “Decoupling natural resource use and environmental...

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A definition of forests that reflects their true meaning

Posted on Jun 6, 2011

We are pleased to announce that we have received a number of translations of the short video we produced to graphically illustrate the...

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Lend your voice to the forest!

Posted on Apr 4, 2011

At WRM we have been opposed to FAO’s definition of forests for many years. We believe that it actually serves as an indirect cause of...

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Let’s say it in every language

Posted on Feb 28, 2011

In our first bulletin of the year, in light of the fact that 2011 has been declared the International Year of Forests, we shared with you...

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Short animation – Let’s define forests by their true meaning

Posted on Feb 16, 2011

Also available in: Afrikaans, Aymara, Catala, Chinese, Dutch, Finish, German, Bosnian, Italian, Maori, Mapuche, Maya Kaqchikel, Maya...

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The necessary changes to genuinely celebrate the International Year of Forestsnter title here

Posted on Jan 30, 2011

The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2011 the International Year of Forests, and WRM has decided to devote its first bulletin...

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Let’s define the forest by its true meaning

Posted on Jan 30, 2011

Following FAO’s criterion for the limits of tree cover for “forest” (canopy cover between 10-30%), the Kyoto Protocol defines...

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Campaign on Forest Definition

Posted on Jan 4, 2011

2011 was declared the International Year of Forests by the United Nations. In response, WRM has launched a campaign that challenges the...

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Nagoya: Opportunity for a biodiversity-based forest definition

Posted on Oct 31, 2010

The Tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will be taking place in Nagoya, Japan,...

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The FAO insists: monoculture tree plantations are forests!

Posted on Jul 29, 2010

The FAO insists on the increasingly difficult mission of defining tree plantations as “planted forests.” Its latest contribution to...

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Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation says tree plantations are not forests

Posted on Jul 29, 2010

The Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation -a large world professional society on tropical forests- has recently made public a...

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Mangrove restoration is necessary, mangrove monoculture plantation is not

Posted on Feb 27, 2010

The December 2004 tsunami that played havoc on several Asian coasts also exposed the level of human-made destruction of protective...

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Hiding monoculture oil palm plantations under a business-friendly “forest” definition

Posted on Feb 27, 2010

An article published on the website EUobserver.com (1) informs that “a draft commission communication offering guidance to EU member...

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What is behind the term “Planted Forests”

Posted on Jan 30, 2010

The term “planted forests” was coined by FAO with the aim of placing tree plantations on the same level as forests. Gradually it has...

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Greenwashing the green desert in Copenhagen

Posted on Nov 29, 2009

It seems increasingly likely that no binding deal will come out of Copenhagen and that the North will attempt to scrap the Kyoto Protocol....

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Forests again high on the agenda – really forests?

Posted on Oct 30, 2009

Forests again high on the agenda – really forests? As a result of the growing concern about climate change, forests appear to be once...

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Social resistance against the World Forestry Congress

Posted on Oct 30, 2009

The Thirteenth World Forestry Congress (WFC) took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 18 to 23 October. The history of these congresses...

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Northern paper over-consumption promoting green deserts in the South

Posted on Oct 30, 2009

World demand for paper and paperboard is expected to grow by 2% to 3% annually in the long term, with significant growth potential for Asia...

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Myth No. 1: Tree plantations are “planted forests”

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

Plantations are forests in uniform. They look like soldiers all lined up in ranks, and that is what they are. Dressed in green, they march...

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