World Rainforest Movement

Educating FAO: an urgent need! | March 21st 2019 – International Day of Forests

Posted on Mar 18, 2019

FAO , chose Forests and Education as the theme for 2019 and underlines the importance of investing in forest education. But what does FAO mean by “forest education”?

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Are FSC and RSPO accomplices in crime? Jari Florestal and Agropalma’s Unresolved Land Question in the Brazilian Amazon

Posted on Nov 16, 2018

For years, WRM has been warning many certified monoculture plantations in Brazil have been established on land for which titles were obtained fraudulently. This article discusses the case of two companies that operate in the Brazilian Amazon: Agropalma and Jari Florestal.

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Greenwashing continues: FSC certifies industrial tree plantations as forests and RSPO oil palm plantations as sustainable

Posted on Sep 21, 2017

For over 20 year now, certification schemes such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)...

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“New forests for Africa”:  A nice slogan for promoting industrial tree plantations?

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

  A conference called “Forests for the Future: New Forests for Africa” has taken place on March 16 and 17 in Ghana (1). A...

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Why the forest concession model does not solve the structural problems of logging and wood extraction?

Posted on Sep 15, 2015

Historically, illegal forest exploitation to obtain economically valuable timber has been one of the activities with the highest impact on...

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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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Chile: Discredited FSC label continues to legitimize industrial tree plantations  

Posted on Feb 23, 2015

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

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Forests Plunder: discourse of ‘sustainability’ hides destruction caused by logging

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

  Industrial logging – the large-scale removal of trees – in tropical forests is a significant cause of forest loss. The...

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REDD+ myth: Sustainable Forest Management

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

  Myth: Sustainable Forest Management will reduce forest emissions and bring sustainable development. The UN climate negotiations...

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‘Sustainable Forest Management’: the ‘change’ that keeps destroying

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

  This year, 2014, seems to have reached a new ‘record’ of international declarations in which the signatories commit to...

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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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Peru: REDD+ places the Amazon rainforest and biodiversity at the service of the financial market

Posted on May 30, 2013

The Peruvian Amazon, which covers more than 61% of the country’s territory, is the fourth largest area of tropical rainforest in the...

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CERTIFICATION – FSC: Certified land grabbing

Posted on Apr 30, 2013

The certification of industrial tree plantations by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has served as a tool to legitimize the large-scale...

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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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FSC and RSPO

Posted on Dec 27, 2012

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is a certification scheme, set up in 1993, to certify, based on a set of principles and criteria,...

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Chile: Serious impacts of FSC certified tree plantation company

Posted on Sep 30, 2012

The results of a research study carried out in different region, in 2010, by the Association of Forest Engineers for Native Forests were...

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Open letter denouncing the FSC certification of Fibria Aracruz Celulose S.A.

Posted on Sep 21, 2012

Civil society organizations are denouncing the FSC certification of Fibria Celulose SA monoculture tree plantations by IMAFLORA, a...

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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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Brazil: The case of Plantar – the FSC at the service of the sale of carbon credits

Posted on Feb 28, 2011

Companies that promote large-scale monoculture tree plantations do not seek the FSC label solely to increase the value of their final...

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South Africa: The killing of Baboon in FSC-certified timber plantations

Posted on Feb 28, 2011

GeaSphere is an environmental pressure group working towards a more sustainable model of living based on lower impact agriculture practices...

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Chile: Professional foresters denounce violations by company certified by CERTFOR and FSC

Posted on Jun 29, 2010

Tree plantations owned and operated by Forestal Valdivia S.A., a subsidiary of the Arauco group, have not only been granted certification...

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Brazil: FSC greenwashing of eucalyptus plantations is strongly questioned and a warning made vis-à-vis their advance in Piaui

Posted on Jul 30, 2009

One year ago, Judson Barros, Coordinator of the Piaui Environmental Network stated that “the south of Piaui has been destroyed, its...

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Uruguay: A new land redistribution…in favour of forestry companies

Posted on Feb 27, 2009

In Uruguay at the end of the forties, the State promoted an exemplary initiative, the creation of the National Settlement Institute...

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‘High Conservation Value Forests’ in an international context

Posted on Jan 29, 2007

Ever since its foundation 20 years ago, the World Rainforest Movement (WRM) has stood for bottom-up efforts to protect the world’s...

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Laos: FSC certified timber is illegal

Posted on Sep 30, 2006

When a forestry operation is certified under the Forest Stewardship Council system, it should mean we can all relax in the knowledge that...

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Spain: From the galician ecologist movement to the FSC

Posted on Sep 1, 2006

In Galicia, we have been suffering for many years the consequences of the dreadful influence of the company ENCE in our natural environment...

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Spain: Spanish groups withdraw from FSC

Posted on Jul 2, 2006

For over a year now, Spanish organizations have been demanding the annulment of the certification of “sustainable forestry management”...

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The power of corporate groups. The case of the local Ecuadorian FSC

Posted on Jul 2, 2006

Ecuador is a country with one of the highest rates of deforestation in the world. In this process various actors are involved, not only the...

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FSC dilemmas in the heart of Borneo: step-wise sand bag or sell out?

Posted on Apr 7, 2006

Another new FSC certificate of a major logging operation, this time in Indonesia, has got forest watchers scratching their heads. Near the...

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Guyana: Controversial Barama certificate further tarnishes FSC’s reputation

Posted on Apr 7, 2006

A new FSC certificate of a major logging operation has again raised eyebrows among foresters, environmentalists and human rights activists....

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Forestry projects: certification

Posted on Apr 20, 2005

In 1998, the World Bank and WWF announced a new ‘Forest Alliance’ with the target of securing 200 million hectares of certified forests...

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Papua New Guinea: Rainforest Alliance undermining forest conservation efforts

Posted on Jan 26, 2005

The American based Rainforest Alliance is undermining the efforts of local conservation groups in Papua New Guinea struggling to combat...

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South Africa: FSC Certification of Industrial Timber Plantations

Posted on Jul 29, 2004

The environment pressure network Geasphere has charged the international Forest Stewardship Council with acting irresponsibly in certifying...

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Cameroon: Rainforests continue to be logged illegally

Posted on Sep 19, 2003

From October 13th to 16th the Africa Forest Law Enforcement and Governance ministerial meeting will take place in Yaoundé, Cameroon....

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Australia: Certified Forests – the end to Forest Conflict?

Posted on Sep 19, 2003

Will it ever be possible to resolve community conflict around natural resource management – particularly the logging of forests...

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Brazil: The Alert Against the Green Desert Network demands a change in the forestry model

Posted on Jul 31, 2003

One hundred organizations from Espirito Santo, Bahia, Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais gathered on 28 and 29 June in Porto Seguro, Bahia, at...

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South Africa: Nearing one million hectares of FSC certified plantations

Posted on Nov 7, 2002

South African activists have for years been campaigning against the spread of industrial alien tree plantations. Wally Menne, from the...

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Thailand: FSC should revoke Forest Industry Organisation certificate

Posted on Nov 7, 2002

In June 2001, two teak plantations managed by Thailand’s Forest Industry Organisation (FIO) were awarded a certificate as “well...

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Brazil: Research questions FSC certification of two plantations

Posted on Nov 7, 2002

A group of seven researchers assessed the certifications of the V&M Florestal Ltda. Company (Vallourec & Mannesman), which obtained...

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Ecuador: The Awa Federation’s Experience in the Management and Conservation of its Territory

Posted on Oct 7, 2002

The 21 Indigenous Communities comprising the Federation of Awa Centres in Ecuador (FCAE) have legal deeds for 120,000 hectares in the...

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Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certifies Thailand’s chief logging agency

Posted on Jul 12, 2001

In July 2001, Thailand’s chief logging agency, the state-owned Forestry Industry Organisation (FIO), received “sustainable...

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South Africa: Quo vadis FSC?

Posted on Apr 13, 2001

Certification of monoculture timber plantations as “sustainably managed forests” by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) makes an...

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Thailand: State-owned forestry industry fuels controversy with forestry certification

Posted on Dec 13, 2000

Thailand’s main logging agency, the state-owned Forestry Industry Organisation (FIO), is looking to certification of its tree plantations...

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The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

Posted on Aug 24, 1999

Ongoing certification programmes are the result of successful consumer awareness campaigns against the unsustainable exploitation of...

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Certification debate in Europe: PEFC vs. FSC

Posted on May 25, 1999

The Pan European Forest Certification Scheme (PEFC) was presented on April 20 at a seminar in Wuerzburg Germany. The scheme, set up by...

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WRM comments on FSC’s principle 10 on plantations

Posted on Dec 12, 1997

It is important to begin by highlighting the fact that to receive FSC certification, a plantation company needs to comply with all...

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Support this Open letter against tree monocultures – Brazil 2019

Posted on Sep 17, 2019

A threat spreads across our territories. Under the misleading name of “reforestation”, which sounds quite nice, huge exotic tree plantations have been set up in Brazil by transnational corporations. We invite you to sign the following letter with us.

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Tanzania: Community Resistance against Monoculture Tree Plantations

Posted on Dec 22, 2018

At first glance, the Nzivi village is a village as many others in the area. But a big difference is that it does not allow investors for large-scale activities, such as monoculture tree plantations. Green Resources is the main private plantation company active in Tanzania.

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Certification promotes land concentration, violence and destruction

Posted on Nov 16, 2018

Certification schemes for tree plantations initially generated many expectations, promising a true transformation. Yet after all these years, we can definitely conclude that what the RSPO and FSC also have in common is that they will not meet those expectations.

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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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Carbon Colonialism: Failure of Green Resources’ Carbon Offset Project in Uganda

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

The devastating impacts of Green Resources’ tree plantation and carbon offset project in Uganda exposes the limits of carbon markets. While villagers carry the social, environmental and other costs of this project by loosing access and control over their land, the company is allowed to profit even more from its destructive plantations, framing them as “carbon sinks”.

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No to Monsanto! No to Poisons! Industrial Tree Plantations and Agrotoxics

Posted on Oct 5, 2016

For decades, The World Rainforest Movement has been denouncing the many ways in which industrial tree plantations directly cause continued...

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Why the RSPO facilitates land grabs for palm oil

Posted on Nov 9, 2015

**This article is based on a conversation between Winnie Overbeek, the international coordinator of the World Rainforest Movement, and...

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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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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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Argentina: Harvard staunchly defends its tree plantations

Posted on Jun 10, 2014

Harvard University is the owner, through the Harvard Management Company (HMC), of the world’s largest endowment, which handles 32...

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Old and new investors behind the expansion of industrial tree plantations

Posted on Jun 30, 2013

The expansion of large-scale monoculture tree plantations in the global South dates back to the 20th century, becoming particularly marked...

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Certification

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

The trend of voluntary certification is a FAO-supported phenomenon that came up in the 1990s, presented by corporations and governments as...

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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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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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MONOCULTURE TREE PLANTATIONS IN LATIN AMERICA – HOW, WHY, FOR WHOM

Posted on Sep 29, 2010

The territories that make up what is known today as Latin America have two main features in the eyes of big corporations and business...

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European Ecolabel’s greenwashing of Asia Pulp and Paper must stop

Posted on Apr 29, 2010

The European Commission claims that the EU Ecolabel is only awarded to “the very best products, which are kindest to the environment”....

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Tree Plantations in Africa: A co-ordinated onslaught to grab what remains of Africa’s natural capital?

Posted on Aug 28, 2008

In the past For hundreds of years, it seems the African continent has been viewed as a kind of take-out convenience store by countries in...

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Swaziland: Large-scale tree plantations which are no exception to the rule

Posted on Apr 23, 2007

The case study “Swaziland: The myth of sustainable timber plantations” carried out by Wally Menne and Ricardo Carrere and published in...

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Brazil: An overview of monoculture eucalyptus plantations

Posted on Mar 24, 2007

Monoculture eucalyptus plantations are advancing over vast areas of the country, occupying traditional peoples’ territories, displacing...

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The HCVF Application in Indonesia

Posted on Jan 29, 2007

Indonesia has some of the most biodiverse rainforests in the world, but also the highest deforestation rate. The HCVF (high conservation...

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The HCVF Toolkit: the right tool for the wrong job?

Posted on Jan 29, 2007

The notion of High Conservation Value Forest was originally developed as a key principle within the revised standard of the Forest...

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Laos: What did Smartwood know when it issued the certificate?

Posted on Oct 30, 2006

Last month I wrote an article about FSC certification of “village forestry” in Laos. The article was based on a leaked report from a...

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Brazil: The CERFLOR certification programme does not deserve the slightest credibility

Posted on Sep 30, 2006

The Brazilian CERFLOR certification programme, endorsed by the international PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification...

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Ecuador: Letter for the de-certification of FACE / PROFAFOR and ENDESA / BOTROSA

Posted on Sep 1, 2006

We the undersigned wish to express our concern over the certification of tree plantations in our country by the FSC, which has granted a...

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Ecuador: Endesa-Botrosa’s certified plantation in Rio Pitzara (*)

Posted on Jul 2, 2006

In April 2006, the German certifying firm GFA Consulting Group granted the FSC seal to Endesa-Botrosa’s timber operations and to its tree...

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Brazil: Certification of V&M and Plantar plantations

Posted on Jul 2, 2006

The Alert against the Green Desert Movement is a broad network of opposition to the expansion of large scale eucalyptus tree plantations in...

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Uruguay: Four companies that should not be certified

Posted on Jul 2, 2006

In 1987 legislation was adopted that implied the promotion – by means of tax exemptions and subsidies – of large-scale monoculture...

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Certification of tree plantations by SGS and SmartWood. A history of controversial certifications

Posted on Mar 14, 2006

By Ricardo Carrere – This study provides general background information on two of the main companies involved in the certification of...

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Illegal Timber in Indonesia: Experiments with Legal Verification

Posted on Sep 13, 2005

Jakarta, we have a problem! Indonesia has a major problem with illegal logging. New Minister for Forests, Malam Sambat Kaban, calls illegal...

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From Spain, a request to urgently cancel an Ence subsidiary’s certification

Posted on Jul 14, 2005

On 23 June 2005, the Association for the Defence of the Galician river mouth (Asociación pola defensa da Ria de Galicia) sent a letter to...

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Costa Rica: NGO questions “green label” logging in protected area

Posted on Jun 14, 2002

The certification granted by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or what is now known as the “green label” guarantees that a...

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Is certification the solution?

Posted on Dec 21, 2001

Although many NGOs believe that certification of wood and other forest products is a good idea, there are a number of doubts about whether...

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