World Rainforest Movement

Plantations Are Not Forests – Testimonies from Acre, Brazil

Posted on Sep 27, 2019

Dercy Teles, from the rubber tapper movement, and Lindomar Padilha, from Conselho Indigenista Missionário (CIMI) – Acre, explain why monoculture tree plantations are not forests.

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REDD Early Movers (REM) in Acre, Brazil

Posted on Jul 25, 2018

(Available only in Portuguese and German)

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Indonesia: the resistance of the sacred in Bali to the “green revolution” and the tourism industry

Posted on Apr 29, 2018

Systems of community organization rooted in sacred beliefs and concepts guide relations in Bali, Indonesia, and help defy agribusiness and mega-tourism.

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Envira REDD+ project in Acre, Brazil: Gold certificate from carbon certifiers for empty promises

Posted on Apr 29, 2018

A rubber tappers community, part of a 40,000-hectare REDD+ project, faces a difficult struggle to maintain their way of life. The project has already sold carbon credits, yet to date only provided the local community with dental kits and a visit to the dentist.

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Brazil: Indigenous Peoples from Acre declare their rejection of REDD policies and their support to CIMI

Posted on Oct 3, 2017

Indigenous Peoples from Acre in Brazil declare their rejection of REDD policies and their support for the work carried out by the...

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Motion of rejection and solidarity with local leaders facing threats in Acre – Brazil

Posted on Aug 4, 2017

Press Release   More than 80 organizations and individuals from all over the world sent today the letter enclosed below to relevant...

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Motion of rejection and solidarity with leaders from communities and organizations from the State of Acre in Brazil who are being pressured and threatened

Posted on Jul 24, 2017

July 21, 2017 Dear friends, We need your support to the motion enclosed below in solidarity with leaders  from communities and...

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“Sacred Sites are living places”: the voices of Custodians in Africa

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

The short film “Sacred Voices”, supported by the African Biodiversity Network and the Gaia Foundation, shares the messages of eight...

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Forest peoples and territories: Rights Violations in Acre, Brazil

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

In 2013, the Rapporteur on human rights to the environment (RDHMA, for its Portuguese acronym), from the DhESCA Platform, conducted a...

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The green economy, forest peoples and territories: rights violations in the state of Acre

Posted on Dec 8, 2014

Fact-finding and advocacy mission preliminary report, by Cristiane Faustino y Fabrina Furtado Download the preliminary report as pdf...

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Fordern Sie Aufklärung der Gewalt gegen CIMI, eine der wichtigsten Unterstützergruppen von Indigenen Völkern in Acre, Brasilien. Acre ist Empfänger von ‘REDD Early Movers’ Geldern

Posted on Oct 17, 2014

    Herrn Minister Gerd Müller  Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ)...

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Appeal to denounce violence against CIMI, the indigenous peoples’ support group in Acre, Brazil. Acre is the primary recipient of REDD Early Movers funding

Posted on Oct 17, 2014

Also available in Deutch Minister Dr. Gerd Müller  Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ)...

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Carta À Secretaria de Segurança Pública do estado do Acre

Posted on Sep 30, 2014

Only available in Portuguese. Download the full letter as pdf Montevideo, 30 de setembro de 2014 À Secretaria de Segurança Pública do...

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The African Biodiversity Network launched the documentary “The Mining Curse: Sacred Natural Sites Under Siege”

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

  The documentary explains how generation after generation, communities in Africa have maintained and defended their Sacred Natural...

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Brazil: Voices of local communities in Acre denounce violations in Community-based Sustainable Forest Management

Posted on Dec 23, 2013

In the business world, “sustainability” promises, among other things, that economic activity does not violate the rights of the...

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Observations on a private REDD project in the state of Acre, Brazil

Posted on Nov 27, 2013

Study conducted by the Centro de Memória das Lutas e Movimentos Sociais da Amazônia. Document published in “Leyes, políticas y...

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Open letter from WRM and other organizations to the Brazilian government regarding the critical situation of indigenous peoples in the state of Acre

Posted on Oct 31, 2013

After a field visit to an indigenous village in the state of Acre, together with Friends of the Earth Brazil and the Brazilian Network on...

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Moção pública de apoio à demarcação das terras indígenas no Acre

Posted on Oct 30, 2013

Only available in Portuguese. -Ao  Ministério da Justiça Exmo. Sr. José Eduardo Cardoso, Ministro da Justiça – À Diretoria de...

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REDD – Brazil: Open letter from Acre challenges legitimacy of REDD+ “consultation” in California

Posted on Apr 30, 2013

Organizations and individuals in the state of Acre and other states in Brazil sent an open letter this month to the governor of California...

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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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Recognising Sacred Natural Sites and Territories in Kenya: An Analysis of how the Kenyan Constitution, National and International Laws can Support the Recognition of Sacred Natural Sites and their Community Governance Systems

Posted on Dec 14, 2012

New report: “Recognising Sacred Natural Sites and Territories in Kenya: An Analysis of how the Kenyan Constitution, National and...

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Motion on Sacred Natural Sites

Posted on Oct 30, 2012

The IUCN has approved a Motion on Sacred Natural Sites: ‘Support for Custodian Protocols and Customary Laws in the face of global...

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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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The two faces of tropical forest destruction in Latin America and the Caribbean: Revelations of the “green economy” in Acre, Brazil

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

By Elder Andrade de Paula On the eve of another world conference on the environment – Rio+20 – which places emphasis on the climate...

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Honduras: Urgent Action Alert. Heavily armed paramilitary groups threaten Garifuna communities and could provoke a massacre

Posted on Aug 30, 2012

Six Garifuna´s cooperatives that have recovered their land are facingat this moment the threat of paramilitaries who move around on...

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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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Mine. Story of a Sacred Mountain – VIDEO

Posted on Jul 26, 2012

By Survival. This short film, narrated by Joanna Lumley, tells the story of the Dongria Kondh’s resistance. Vedanta are intent on...

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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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Letter from the State of Acre – In defence of life and the integrity of the peoples and their territories against REDD and the commodification of nature

Posted on Oct 7, 2011

We gathered in Rio Branco, in the State of Acre, on 3-7 October 2011 for the workshop “Serviços Ambientais, REDD e Fundos Verdes do...

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Mexico: Massacre of indigenous people and peasants safeguarding their territories

Posted on Oct 26, 2008

The organization Maderas del Pueblo del Sureste, A.C. reported in a recently issued communiqué that on 3 October, a brutal police...

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Water: For some a sacred element, for others a common property, and yet for others a mere commodity

Posted on Mar 2, 2008

“The surface of the earth had not appeared. There was only the calm sea and the great expanse of the sky. There was nothing brought...

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Colombia: The U’wa demand Ecopetrol to retreat immediately from their sacred territory

Posted on Sep 27, 2004

There seems to be no truce for the U’wa people in their long resistance in defence of their ancestral rights to life and to their land...

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Côte d’Ivoire: The sacred forest, a community protected area

Posted on Jul 12, 2002

The village of Zaïpobly is located in Southeast Côte d’Ivoire, in the western outskirts of Taï National Park. This park covers an area...

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Congo, D.R.: Millions of acres of forest under unsustainable logging

Posted on Nov 27, 2001

Located in the heart of the African continent, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s 2.3 million square kilometres territory covers most of...

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Guatemala: A dam and the massacre of 400 people

Posted on Jan 13, 2001

Forced resettlement of local people living in the area where dams are built usually results in human rights abuses. One of the most...

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Gabon: Communities Facing OLAM’s “Zero Deforestation” Pledges

Posted on Mar 6, 2020

What are the experiences of communities living inside or adjacent to the plantation areas of companies with “zero deforestation” pledges? How can these companies continue expanding without deforesting in densely forested countries?

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An (incomplete) List of Concepts that Kill Forests

Posted on Jan 13, 2020

Language is never neutral. Certain concepts have historically been used to dominate people and territories. This article highlights concepts that are usually presented in a positive light but that actually serve economic interests that harm forests and communities.

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Portucel in Mozambique: The Reality Behind the Discourse of “Sustainable Plantations”

Posted on Jan 13, 2020

The company, Portucel, considers its thousands of hectares of plantations in Mozambique to be “sustainable,” despite serious problems and conflicts with and among local communities.

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Blockchain and Smart Contracts: Capital’s Latest Attempts to Seize Life on Earth

Posted on Jan 13, 2020

The control of genetic resources (non-human living organisms that humans can make use of) through property rights has caused a massive theft of forest peoples’ knowledge. A project called the Earth Bank of Codes aims for a global seizure of life for capital accumulation.

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Tell Green Climate Fund Board Members to say NO to REDD+ funding requests and IFC subsidies for REDD+ speculators

Posted on Nov 1, 2019

More than one hundred organisations signed this open letter to members of the Green Climate Fund Board. The Board will be meeting from 12 to 14 November 2019, and will decide on a number of funding requests related to REDD+.

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Offsets in the forests

Posted on Oct 30, 2019

A logic that violates indigenous and traditional peoples’ rights while facilitating further deforestation. A compilation of articles from the World Rainforest Movement Bulletin (WRM). October 2019

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Adding Fuel to the Fire

Posted on Sep 30, 2019

“Shock” is a common reaction when a crisis emerges… or when it comes to light. However, it also provides a convenient smoke screen for governments, financial institutions and companies behind which they can hide their own role in and responsibility for the current crises in the forests.

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REDD+: A Scheme Rotten at the Core

Posted on Sep 30, 2019

REDD+ has shown to be a big failure for the climate, the forests and forest peoples, but many international agencies and governments continue to support it. This article takes a look at its inability to halt deforestation and the fundamental flaws of its main initiatives.

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Brazil: Letter of the Indigenous Peoples to the governments of Germany and California

Posted on May 15, 2019

Chiefs and leaders of indigenous peoples in Acre published a letter addressed to the governments of Germany and California, reporting that millionaire funds are coming to the state of Acre for REDD and PES payments, without transparency and benefiting few indigenous people.

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Attempt to Re-Colonize Forests in India The new Draft Amendments to Indian Forest Act

Posted on May 14, 2019

A long cycle of state repression in India now sees new amendments to the colonial Indian Forest Act which would not only make forest bureaucracy more powerful than ever, but would also de facto put an end to the landmark Forest Rights Act.

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Indigenous Baiga women in India: “Our story should be heard”

Posted on Mar 11, 2019

Despite the harassment from Forest Department guards, who tried to prevent the Fulwaripara village to submit their claims for recognition of their land under the Forest Rights Act, the village managed to do so. Yet, their claim was not completed. Now, they face again the threat of eviction.

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The Wayana Indigenous Peoples in Suriname and Conservation NGO’s: A “true love” story?

Posted on Mar 11, 2019

Conservationist NGOs working in Suriname have increased the pressure for Wayana Indigenous Peoples. After years of harsh top-down ways of dealing with forest communities, the Wayana have decided to seek for their own path, one that follows their own way of thinking and living.

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Cambodian Peasants Against the Bolloré Group

Posted on Mar 11, 2019

After 11 representatives of the Bunong ethnic group in Cambodia were denied visas to go to France to attend judicial proceedings against...

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Support Cacique Babau and his family

Posted on Feb 21, 2019

Cacique Babau, from Serra do Padeiro Tupinambá community (Brazil), has been suffering repeated threats. People and social organizations, through a letter to the Governor, demand that the state guarantee his safety. We urge you to sign-on the letter in solidarity.

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How to Strengthen Resistance Movements?

Posted on Dec 22, 2018

Despite the many profound damages that industries cause in the world’s forests, they also cause something else to emerge: the strong and diverse resistance movements of affected communities defending their territories, livelihoods, cultures and even their existence. The struggle continues!

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Support this declaration! Chico Mendes in the Standoff Against the False Solutions of Green Capitalism*

Posted on Dec 22, 2018

The declaration is open for sign-on in solidarity until 31 January 2019.

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Brazil: I am Kum’tum, I am of the Akroá-Gamela People

Posted on Dec 22, 2018

WRM spoke with Kum’tum, an indigenous man from the Akroá-Gamela people of Brazil. These are his reflections about their history and the current collective process that aims to rediscover and recover their roots, after having been dispossessed of their territory and community.

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Rising for the Right to Say NO: Southern Africa Peoples Permanent Tribunal

Posted on Dec 22, 2018

The Southern African Peoples Permanent Tribunal on Transnational Corporations has been an important tool for communities to share their struggles as well as to challenge the status quo by rising up to say NO to corporate power, impunity and a destructive development agenda.

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Dercy Teles on the popular movement of rubber tappers in Brazil

Posted on Dec 22, 2018

In June 2017, the WRM carried out an interview with Dercy Teles, the first female president of a Brazilian Rural Workers’ Union, in the...

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Support this declaration! Chico Mendes in the Standoff Against the False Solutions of Green Capitalism*

Posted on Dec 20, 2018

The declaration is open for sign-on in solidarity until 31 January 2019.

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Chico Mendes, 30 anos depois

Posted on Dec 11, 2018

(Only available in Portuguese) Os povos das florestas convidam a Marcha em Xapuri: Com Chico Mendes no empate contra o capitalismo verde. 14 de dezembro, 17 h, Xapuri, Acre, Brasil.

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Recueil de recettes nutritives, médicinales, artisanales des palmiers à huile traditionnels

Posted on Nov 27, 2018

Only available in French.

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Nigeria: Okomu’s oil palm plantations bring misery for women living in their vicinity

Posted on Nov 16, 2018

Interview with Hajaratu Abdullahi from Community Forest Watch in Nigeria who talks about the hardship and misery that the palm oil company Okomu Oil, subsidiary of global palm oil company SocFin, is bringing to communities like hers in Nigeria’s Edo state

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Halting deforestation? REDD+ and the protection of the fossil fuel and conservation industry

Posted on Sep 12, 2018

A compilation of articles from the World Rainforest Movement Bulletin on the occasion of the Global Climate Action Summit to be held 12-14 September, in California, United States

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Peru: forest inhabited by the indigenous Shawi to be handed over to Canadian mining firm

Posted on Jul 9, 2018

The indigenous Shawi people repeat their call for protests in defense of their territory in the tropical rainforest. This time the threat is in the form of the world’s leading gold mining company: Barrick Gold Corporation.

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Challenging capitalist fire

Posted on Jul 9, 2018

Today, a capitalist conception of fire dominates. But vernacular conceptions continue to evolve and struggle against it.

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Indonesia: Forest burning and punished victims. The tragedy of the Delang indigenous community in Lamandau, Central Kalimantan

Posted on Jul 9, 2018

Despite that most forest fires in Indonesia started within expanding oil palm plantation concession areas, companies are not being persecuted.

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The Amazon: A territory in the crossfire

Posted on Jul 9, 2018

Fires in the Amazon are occurring more frequently and with greater intensity. But who is really burning the forests?

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Declaration from Sena Madureira, Brazil: “We carry forward the spirit of union among peoples, and opposition to capitalism’s “solutions”

Posted on Jul 9, 2018

From June 15-17, 2018, indigenous peoples and communities that live and work in forests gathered in Sena Madureira, Acre, to denounce the...

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Brazil: Sena Madureira Declaration, June 17, 2018

Posted on Jun 26, 2018

People from the forests gathered in Sena Madureira, Acre, to denounce the false solutions of green capitalism and demand their right to their lands.

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Aviation and false solutions: The farce of the “Florestal Santa Maria” REDD project in Mato Grosso, Brazil

Posted on Jun 14, 2018

The FSM-REDD project has sold carbon credits to offset programs for at least two airline companies. Yet behind this is an increase in deforestation in the region, a history of land grabbing, the use of certifications that no longer exist and unfulfilled promises to local communities.

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Democratic Republic of Congo: Turning peasant lands once more into oil palm monocultures

Posted on Apr 29, 2018

DRC is following the trend of promoting programmes to ‘integrate’ peasants with agribusinesses, putting people’s control over their lands at risk.

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Peasant communities and those dependent on the forests united in struggle

Posted on Apr 29, 2018

In solidarity with the International Day of Peasant Struggle. A day to remember, emphasize and mobilize together against the persecution and violence that peasants suffer on a daily basis around the world.

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Bulletin issue 237 – April 2018

Posted on Apr 21, 2018

Struggles for land, forests and food sovereignty

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Guatemala and Colombia: Women facing oil palm plantations

Posted on Mar 7, 2018

Contamination of water sources, deplorable working conditions, and sexual blackmail in exchange for work, are some of the kinds of violence against women living in and around oil palm plantations in Guatemala and Colombia.

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India: Plantations uproot women from their customary forests

Posted on Mar 7, 2018

India’s programme to compensate for the destruction of forests for development projects is routinely setting up monoculture tree plantations on community commons. Women, who are mostly affected, are at the centre of its resistance.

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Southern African women organising against the violence of extractivism

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

The extractivist paradigm in Southern Africa threatens the lives and livelihoods of peasant communities, in particular women and girls: From the Tete Province in Mozambique, where women confront water scarcity and pollution to Zimbabwe’s Marange community, where militarised and often sexualised violence haunts women’s daily lives.

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Violence, appropriation and resistance: Eastern and southern Africa

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

In order to better understand peoples’ struggles across the southern and eastern regions of Africa, reflecting on its history is crucial. This editorial highlights some parts of this history. And this, of course, is just the tip of the iceberg.

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Reflections on climate change, the rights of Indigenous Peoples and the right of Free, Prior and Informed Consent

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

Western colonialists and imperialists have for centuries pillaged and taken the lands, territories and natural resources of Indigenous...

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Brazil and land rights: A historical struggle that continues and intensifies

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

Interview to Roberto Liebgott, coordinator of “Regional Sul do Conselho Indigenista Missionário” – CIMI (The South Regional from the...

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Traditional land “rights” in West and Central Africa

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

In West and Central Africa, the many radically different ways in time and space of how people relate to and manage land reflects the many...

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What does rights of rivers mean?

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

In July 2017, on the banks of mighty River Narmada in central India, the sight of people performing rituals on the river bank, fishermen in...

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Corporations as subjects with rights: An architecture of impunity

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

When we speak of rights, we almost always refer to the rights of individuals, peoples, and minorities who are fighting for a dignified,...

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Why Russia’s indigenous people are wary of national parks

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

Russia’s Numto Nature Reserve in western Siberia contains a sacred lake, endangered cranes and valuable wetlands for the indigenous...

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Letter to FSC for complicity in crimes and impacts of industrial forestry exploitation in Chile

Posted on Nov 6, 2017

Available only in English and Spanish

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SOCFIN’s plantations in Africa: many places of violence and destruction

Posted on Sep 21, 2017

Photo: SOCFIN In 2016, the multinational agro-industrial SOCFIN Group – controlled by the Belgian Fabri family (50.2 per cent of the...

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Defending Indigenous Peoples in Voluntary Isolation in Brazil and Peru

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

In support of indigenous organizations in Peru, the Indigenous Missionary Council of Brazil (CIMI) expresses great concern for and stands...

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Agua Zarca in Honduras: The Banks’ Trap  

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

Since 2013, the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) has demanded the withdrawal of the banks—FMO...

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From REDD+ projects to ‘jurisdictional REDD+’: more bad news for the climate and communities

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

For many people, REDD+ is about projects that save forests. In reality, however, REDD+ has never been about protecting forests and also no...

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The Philippines: Defending the defenders, defending their rights

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

Juvy Capion was an indigenous B’laan mother of three, and a staunch defender of their ancestral domain in South Cotabato, Philippines,...

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Dercy Teles on the popular movement of rubber tappers in Brazil

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

Dercy Teles of Carvalho was the first female president of a Brazilian Rural Workers’ Union, in the town of Xapuri, Acre in 1981....

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Amazonian and Andean women in the VIII Pan-Amazonian Forum

Posted on Jul 7, 2017

How to make the sustainability of life the center of debate The VIII Pan-Amazonian Forum, held from April 28th to May 1st, 2017 in...

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Southeast Is Ground Zero for Genetically Engineered Trees

Posted on Jul 5, 2017

By BJ McManama, published on EcoWatch ArborGen Corporation, a multinational conglomerate and leading supplier of seedlings for commercial...

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Xapuri Declaration, May 28, 2017

Posted on Jun 14, 2017

We, forest dwellers, rubber tappers, Apurinã, Huni Kui, Jaminawa, Manchineri and Shawadawa indigenous people, members of supportive...

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The Ngäbe and Buglé Resistance: Keeping extractive industries out of their territories

Posted on May 15, 2017

With a history plagued by outrage and territorial imposition since colonization, the indigenous Ngäbe-Buglé peoples of western Panama...

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Honduras: The deadliest country in the world for environmental activism

Posted on Apr 6, 2017

More than 120 people have been killed in Honduras since 2009 for standing up to companies that grab land and destroy forests, a January...

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Forest in India’s North East

Posted on Apr 4, 2017

  The region typically known as “India’s North East” or also referred to as just “North East” is linked tenuously with...

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Fighting the Curse of Concessions in Cambodia

Posted on Apr 4, 2017

  The Pheapimex group is well known in Cambodia and abroad for large-scale investment deals that permit it unconstrained access to...

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REDD+ in the Paris Agreement secures funding for conservation industry while large-scale deforestation advances unhindered

Posted on Feb 7, 2017

The “conservation industry” – groups such as The Nature Conservancy, WWF, Conservation International, consultants and...

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Peoples’ traditional knowledge embedded in their territory versus “traditional knowledge” in the UN Convention on Biological Diversity

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

Interview with Blanca Chancoso, Kichwa member of the Otavalo peoples and vicepresident of ECUARUNARI – the Kichwa Confederation of...

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Defending the body-earth territory: an alternative for social movements in resistance (1)

Posted on Oct 20, 2016

The Rancho Grande municipality in northern Nicaragua is facing installation of an open-pit gold mine by Canadian company B2Gold. With over...

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“Middle America”: Peoples resisting a colonial past that persists through imposition and violence

Posted on Oct 20, 2016

When we think of the countries ranging from southern Mexico to Panama, we tend to speak of Central America. That is, in our imaginary, we...

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Endogenous knowledge, an effective weapon to combat land grabs in Africa

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

“This small family, the father, the mother and their two children, enters the sacred forest in order to find solutions to the illnesses...

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The Quechua-lamas vision of medicinal plants: a lesson from the high-altitude forests of Peru (1)

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

Modern people usually refer to medicinal plants as resources at the service of humans. This way of referring to them does not seem to be...

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Infrastructure, development and natural resources in Africa: A few examples from Cameroon

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

(*) In a world characterized by sluggish economic growth, Africa is often presented as the continent of the future, with average growth of...

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