World Rainforest Movement

Destroy here and destroy there: The double exploitation of biodiversity offsets

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

This issue of the WRM bulletin is focused on one of the key strategies that (mainly extractive) industries use to expand within the...

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From Biodiversity Offsets to Ecosystem Engineering: New Threats to Communities and Territories

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

At a meeting in a wixárika community in Jalisco, México, with organizations and villagers from other areas, the language we used to...

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Biodiversity offsets facilitate continuation of business-as-usual destruction by mining companies

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

For well over a decade, mining corporations like Newmont and Rio Tinto have been participating in voluntary biodiversity offset (1)...

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Mozambique: The Threat of Biodiversity “Offsets”

Posted on May 14, 2019

BIOFUND, a conservation fund to finance protected areas in Mozambique—with support from the World Bank, international cooperation and conservation NGOs—intends to use biodiversity offsets to obtain resources and speculate in financial markets.

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Video|Rio Tinto’s biodiversity offset in Madagascar: Community suffering continues

Posted on Mar 23, 2020

The community of Antsotso produced this video showing the impact of a biodiversity offset project of the mining corporation Rio Tinto /QMM on their livelihoods and their subsistence food production.

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“Mainstreaming biodiversity” in extractive industries: Concealing devastation and land grabbing

Posted on Nov 16, 2018

A compilation of articles from the World Rainforest Movement Bulletin on the occasion of the 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), to be held 17 – 29 November, in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

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“Biodiversity offsetting: A threat for Life”

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

This new briefing, published by the NGOs Re:Common and Counter Balance, exposes the absurd logic behind biodiversity offsets and explains...

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Brazil, Mining and Biodiversity: From environmental degraders to environmental services providers: When the line between destroying and conserving is merely rhetorical

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

The parliamentary coup that brought Michel Temer’s illegitimate government to power, was not what set in motion one of the central...

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Biodiversity offsetting and biodiversity corridors in Asia: Nature destruction and protection acting in tandem

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

This year, 2017, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) celebrates its 50th anniversary. Since the Bank was founded, it has invested more than...

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Gabon: Plans to market carbon, biodiversity, ecosystems and community “capital”

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

In 2014, the Gabonese government passed a new “Sustainable Development” Law, which authorizes companies to compensate for the...

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Colombia: Environmental Offsets, Legitimizing Extraction

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

Colombia is one of the first Latin American countries to set up and implement specific rules and regulations on biodiversity offsets. In...

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An umbrella for non-compliance: “Air Quality Offsets” in South Africa

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

How air quality offsets were set in place Air quality offsets in South Africa are part of a push back against gains made in air quality...

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Environmental offsets in Panama: A strategy that opens up protected areas to mining

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

Minera Panamá (MPSA), owned by Canadian company First Quantum, has a concession to conduct open-pit copper mining in the Donoso District,...

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Financial Mechanisms in the CBD: Opening the Doors to More Privatization of Biodiversity

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

The CBD is a forum where organizations and movements can bring our positions and try to get them reflected in official documents. We do...

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The CBD’s interpretation of “biodiversity” opens the door to new forms of biopiracy

Posted on Dec 7, 2016

Compared with the struggle to stop the destruction of forests, the resistance of forest-dependent communities against governments...

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Rio Tinto’s biodiversity offset in Madagascar: How culture and religion are used to enforce restrictions

Posted on May 9, 2016

In September 2015, Re:Common and WRM investigated one of the most widely advertised biodiversity compensation initiatives in the mining...

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Destructive companies “creating more biodiversity”?

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

As we have already argued in previous bulletins, it is absurd to accept the idea that companies can freely destroy an area—for example...

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Carbon Offsets and Trading: A logic that violates Indigenous and human rights

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

For the majority of people in the Global North, little attention was given to the details of the recently signed agreement during the UN...

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

Posted on May 6, 2015

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

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Biodiversity offsetting in practice

Posted on Feb 5, 2014

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

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Over 100 organisations call for an end to biodiversity offsetting plans

Posted on Nov 21, 2013

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

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Statement open for signatures: No to Biodiversity Offsetting!

Posted on Nov 7, 2013

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

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Biodiversity Justice: The way forward for life on earth

Posted on Oct 31, 2010

In 2010, we face compounding biodiversity, food, fuel, economic and climate crises. The conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity is...

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Climate Change, Geoengineering and Biodiversity

Posted on Oct 31, 2010

The role of biodiversity in climate change policy is receiving increased attention: both how the loss of biodiversity worsens climate...

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Fuelling Biodiversity Loss: Biomass for Biofuels, Bioenergy, Biochar and the Technologies of the new Bioeconomy

Posted on Oct 31, 2010

Industrial scale biofuels and bioenergy, with their new demands for wood, agricultural products and other plant biomass, are having serious...

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2020: More Agreements to Increase Deforestation

Posted on Mar 6, 2020

This editorial aims to raise a high alert with regard to the corporate agendas that dominate international forest-related processes, which appear to be entering new phases. The decisions taken have very real impacts on forest communities.

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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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A Green Transition or an Expansion of Extraction?

Posted on Nov 25, 2019

This bulletin highlights threats involved in the so-called “energy transition,” and exposes its dirty secret of exponential expansion of mining in the global South as a consequence of the massive demand for “green” energy.

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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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Madagascar: The “offsetting non-sense”

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

“It is an absurdity, as well as an injustice that they take away our forest claiming that they want to protect it, while in reality...

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“For a change of paradigm”: Interview with Tom Goldtooth from the Indigenous Environmental Network

Posted on May 9, 2016

What is the Indigenous Environmental Network? The Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) was born in 1990 in North America of hope,...

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The “Green Economy”: giving immunity to criminals

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

“The goal is to transform environmental legislation into tradeable instruments” Pedro Moura, founder of Ecosecurities, a carbon...

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Environmental regulation in the Green Economy: Changed to facilitate destruction

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

  In 2011, the State of Biodiversity Markets report, published by the pro-markets group Forest Trends, identified 45 biodiversity...

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The contradictions behind the “Zero Deforestation” pledge

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The UN climate negotiations in Paris will again put a lot of emphasis on forests, which are seen as mere carbon stores. One of the most...

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Call to Action to reject REDD and extractive industries

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

Once again, the world’s governments will meet at the end of this year within the United Nations convention framework to supposedly...

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Trading communal rights in Gabon: The ‘Sustainable Development’ Law

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

The government of Gabon adopted a new ‘Sustainable Development’ Law in August 2014. This Law is the first that introduces credits not...

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PES turns into Permission for Environmental Shattering

Posted on Feb 5, 2014

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

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Actions in Africa against dirty energy – Calabar Declaration against the expansion of oil palm monocultures

Posted on Dec 3, 2013

The No REDD in Africa Network (NRAN) initiated the “Week of Action Against False Solutions”, from October 28 to November 4. The action,...

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Convention on Biological Diversity: Opening the way for financial markets

Posted on Oct 30, 2012

The 11th meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) took place October 8-19 in...

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

Posted on Aug 30, 2012

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

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Ending deforestation through socially just measures, not markets

Posted on Oct 31, 2010

The world’s forests face many threats. Parties to the CBD must take serious, immediate action on deforestation, addressing the drivers of...

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Who Protects Protected Areas and Why?

Posted on May 14, 2020

The conservation industry’s plan to double the size of Protected Areas (PAs) is supposed to be the solution to biodiversity loss, climate change, and now even COVID-19! Although PAs will solve none of these, if the conservation industry keeps repeating a big lie, people will eventually come to believe it.

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March 21st | UN International Day of Forests

Posted on Mar 19, 2020

This year, the theme chosen by the UN is “Forests and Biodiversity: Too Precious to Lose”. But how can the UN highlight this when its main policies related to forests and biodiversity allow for large-scale deforestation and biodiversity destruction?

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“Forest-Smart Mining”: The World Bank’s Strategy to Greenwash Destruction from Mining in Forests

Posted on Nov 25, 2019

An oxymoron describes “a statement that seems to say two opposite things.” The World Bank has a lot of experience with oxymoronic initiatives.

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NGOs oppose the oil industry’s Natural Climate Solutions and demand that Eni and Shell keep fossil fuels in the ground

Posted on May 17, 2019

Oil giants Eni and Shell have both recently announced plans to use trees to offset some of their ever increasing carbon emissions. On May 13th, NGOs put out a statement opposing the oil industry’s attempts to avoid its responsibility for climate breakdown.

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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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Why is it important to reflect about ‘rights’?

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

Rights – land and territorial rights, human rights, women rights, peoples’ rights, rights of nature, etc.- have long played a role...

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Oilwatch’s Call for a De-petroleum-ized Habitat

Posted on Oct 26, 2016

The General Assembly of Oilwatch, which is celebrating its 20 years of existence, and met in Quito in the framework of the Social Forum...

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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

This open letter, calling on the FAO to revise its forest definition, will be sent to the FAO next March 21 when the International day of...

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Congo Basin Rainforest Project: Communities leery of “Conservation Revolution”

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

. The Mai N’dombe REDD project in the Democratic Republic of Congo features regularly in promotional material on REDD+. The...

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WRM Statement: The climate and forest crises cannot be solved with number games and false solutions

Posted on Nov 30, 2015

  After more than twenty UN climate conferences, the negotiations are still focused on figures and numbers, as if the climate crisis...

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Deforestation funds more plantations: The new Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill in India

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

Giving away India’s forests On August 13, 2015, Prakash Javadekar, India’s Minister of the Environment, informed the Upper House of...

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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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Uganda: Carbon plantations generate benefits for foreign investors and certifiers while communities pay prize of displaced livelihoods

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

The commercial tree plantation located in the Kiboga District, the ‘cattle corridor’ of mid-western Uganda, under the name of...

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

Posted on Aug 4, 2014

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

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

Posted on Aug 4, 2014

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

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PRESS RELEASE – Forced Relocation of Sengwer People proves urgency of canceling REDD

Posted on Mar 12, 2014

12 March, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Nairobi – The No REDD in Africa Network (NRAN) and hundreds of international allies strongly...

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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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BINGOs in Search of REDDemption

Posted on Dec 14, 2012

Big NGOs’ support of REDD projects help polluter corporations to greenwash their image.

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Indonesia: The Kalimantan Forests and Climate Partnership REDD project – little partnership, many problems

Posted on Dec 14, 2012

Article based on a field visit and conversations with villagers in 5 of the 7 most affected communities by this project.

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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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Declaration of Chiapas in REDDellion: Enough of REDD+ and the Green Economy!

Posted on Sep 20, 2012

From September 25-27, 2012, subnational governments from six countries will arrive in the city of San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas,...

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Earth grabbing: The ongoing concentration and privatisation of land, water, air

Posted on Apr 30, 2012

There is a great deal of talk about the crises facing the planet: the climate crisis, energy crisis, food crisis, financial crisis, loss of...

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Position on Women and REDD – Women and organizations at COP 16 of the CCC

Posted on Dec 9, 2010

Cancun, December 9, 2010 If you would like to sign the position as an individual or on behalf of an organization or network, please send...

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The Top 10: What’s wrong with REDD?

Posted on Dec 3, 2010

By Chris Lang – If you’re looking for a list of what’s wrong with REDD, then look no further. The Climate Justice Research...

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From climate change to climate disaster: A thin oil line

Posted on Nov 29, 2010

Climate change as a process of modifications in the complex system of atmospheric phenomena (temperature, humidity, pressure, winds and...

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Biochar: ”Sustainable charcoal” from 556 million hectares of plantations?

Posted on Oct 30, 2010

Two previous WRM Bulletins (January and September 2009)  reported on the “biochar” concept – the idea of producing charcoal on a...

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MONOCULTURES ON THE MARCH IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

Posted on Sep 29, 2010

“The crucial characteristic of monocultures is that they do not merely displace alternatives, they destroy their own basis. They are...

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Brazil: Juma REDD test case in the Amazon

Posted on Jun 29, 2010

At present, the initiative for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) is rather a collection of proposals and...

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A unified people’s agenda to combat climate change

Posted on May 30, 2010

By convening the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth, the plurinational government of Bolivia set...

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India: Pushing “REDD plus” at the expense of forests and forest dwellers

Posted on Jan 30, 2010

The Copenhagen Accord – the agreement reached by a group of countries at the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit and imposed on the rest...

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Declaration of Heredia on Climate, Forests and Plantations

Posted on Apr 29, 2009

Between 24 and 28 March 2009, in Heredia, Costa Rica, the World Rainforest Movement (WRM) brought together civil society organisations from...

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Declaration of Heredia on Climate, Forests and Plantations

Posted on Mar 28, 2009

Heredia, 28 March 2009 We, organisations of civil society from every continent, have met in Costa Rica between 24 and 28 March to share...

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Offsetting Democracy

Posted on Apr 28, 2008

Carbon trading and offsets distract attention from the wider, systemic changes and collective political action that needs to be taken in...

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NGO / IPO Declaration on REDD – Protecting the world’s forests needs more than just money

Posted on Dec 10, 2007

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP 13 Bali, Indonesia, December 2007 Governments meeting in Bali, Indonesia for the...

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The Inter-American Development Bank, Forests and Plantations

Posted on Jun 15, 2005

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) does not have a specific forest policy or sector strategy, as they claim they have covered...

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The Climate Change Convention: From hope to betrayal

Posted on Nov 14, 2003

The Earth Summit, a melting pot for awareness and hope The first United Nations Summit on Sustainable Development (Rio de Janeiro, 1992),...

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Carbon sink plantations: Those who stand to benefit

Posted on Aug 17, 2000

CDM schemes based on carbon sinks in the forestry sector, trumpeted as the panacea for climate change mitigation, are instead socially and...

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Mount Tamalpais Declaration

Posted on May 11, 2000

San Francisco, May 2000 We, the undersigned non-governmental organizations, wish to express extreme concern about the role envisaged for...

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