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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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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Forestry Community Forum: Community mobilisation in plantation forestry

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

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

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Brazil: Stop eucalyptus monoculture plantations!

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

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

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

Posted on Feb 28, 2013

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

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

Posted on Oct 30, 2012

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

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Water and Plantations

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

The question of whether industrial tree plantations dry up local rivers, streams and wells has been one of the most contested issues...

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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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Dutch pension fund denounced for investing in monoculture tree plantations in Mozambique

Posted on Dec 30, 2011

On December 3, 2011, a front page article in the Dutch newspaper Volkskrant, denounced that the Dutch pension fund, ABP, one of the biggest...

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Kenya: Laureate Maathai advises discouraging plantation of Eucalyptus

Posted on May 5, 2011

When Kenyan Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai launched in 1977 the Green Belt Movement – promoting  the planting of indigenous trees...

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Cameroon: peoples territories being targeted for oil palm plantations

Posted on Apr 30, 2011

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

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Stora Enso makes money out of environmental crimes

Posted on Apr 30, 2011

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

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South Africa: Research shows conclusive results on the impacts of tree plantations on water

Posted on Dec 30, 2010

At a time when water resources are becoming scarce and ever more threatened by global warming and climate change, a research carried out in...

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South Africa: Thirsty alien trees in a water scarce country

Posted on Apr 29, 2010

GeaSphere and EcoDoc have just launched a report by Liane Greeff of EcoDoc Africa, “Thirsty alien trees, no water left and climate...

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Chile: Research provides data on the role of native forests in the production of water

Posted on Feb 27, 2010

An article published in the newspaper “La Tercera”(1) and taken up on the Mapuche IMC blog (2) reveals the results of research carried...

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

Posted on Jan 30, 2010

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

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South Africa: Threatened grasslands

Posted on Jan 30, 2010

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

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

Posted on Jan 30, 2010

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

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Mounting pressure against eucalyptus in Kenya, described as the “water guzzler”

Posted on Oct 30, 2009

Something extremely interesting is currently happening in Kenya. On the one hand, the country’s Environment Minister, John Michuki, has...

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Testimonies of tree plantations and depletion of water resources

Posted on Oct 30, 2009

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

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The “benefits” of tree plantations: shattering the myths

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

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

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

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

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

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Myth No. 4: Tree plantations are good for the environment

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

Why is this statement simply not true? Monoculture tree plantations cannot ever improve on the natural environment that is eliminated when...

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

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

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

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Defend Life!

Posted on Sep 11, 2009

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

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Tree plantations and depletion of water resources

Posted on May 12, 2005

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

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Plantations are NOT forests

Posted on Oct 9, 2003

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

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Ten replies to ten lies

Posted on Aug 9, 1999

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

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Tree Plantations: Impacts and Struggles

Posted on Feb 9, 1999

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

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

Posted on Dec 9, 1996

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

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