World Rainforest Movement

Harassed by palm oil company, villagers in Thailand defend land

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

In November 2012, two women were found dead at the edge of a palm oil plantation. The death were understood as a clear warning to the Klong...

Read More

Forest Conflicts in Thailand: State vs. People

Posted on Apr 4, 2017

  Thailand’s modern forest politics has had many phases. In the 19th century, the British began logging the country for teak....

Read More

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...

Read More

Walk to ask for the cessation of the arrests and evictions of forest community member and to stop the Forest Master Plan in Thailand

Posted on Nov 5, 2014

On November 9th, the Northern Peasant Federation of Thailand (NPF) will be leading a walk to ask for the cessation of the arrests and...

Read More

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...

Read More

Thailand

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

Read More

Thailand: Save the Mekong – Stop the Xayaburi dam!

Posted on Sep 30, 2012

On 15 and 16 September, representatives of community networks from northeastern Thailand gathered in Bangkok to protest against the...

Read More

Climate, human rights and forests in Thailand

Posted on Dec 30, 2011

In Thailand, indigenous communities have been and continue to be threatened to be expelled from their traditional territories as a result...

Read More

No shining legacy: Women start organising against gold mining in Thailand

Posted on Mar 30, 2010

The lush green rice paddies, vegetable fields, forested mountains and quiet villages in the Wangsaphung district of the Loei province of...

Read More

Thailand: Rubber prices fluctuate, how can farmers benefit?

Posted on Dec 15, 2008

Rubber is one part of life of the people of the South, related both to the culture and economy of the last 108 years. The monoculture...

Read More

Thaïlande : avec la fluctuation du prix du caoutchouc, comment les agriculteurs peuvent-ils gagner de l’argent ?

Posted on Dec 15, 2008

Le caoutchouc fait partie de la vie des gens du Sud ; depuis 108 ans, il est associé à leur culture et à leur économie. Le système de...

Read More

Thailand’s big plans for agrofuel plantations face uncertainty

Posted on Dec 15, 2008

Thailand is making big plans, in particular for the next ten years, to boost agrofuel production particularly through expansion of oil palm...

Read More

Thailand: Diversity and community forest use versus monocultures and parks

Posted on Sep 27, 2008

The road linking Trang and Krabi in southern Thailand is an example of what economists call development. What used to be lush tropical...

Read More

Thailand – WRM information sheet on GE tree research

Posted on Aug 18, 2008

WRM information sheets on GE tree research First posted: 18 August 2008 Last update: August 2014 Forest tree species being...

Read More

Rights of rubber farmers in Thailand under free trade

Posted on Feb 23, 2008

By Ms Sayamol Kaiyoorawong and Ms Bandita Yangdee – Project for Ecological Awareness Building This article examines whether rubber...

Read More

Thailand: Rubber plantations against forests, people and health

Posted on Feb 2, 2008

The recent study “Rights of rubber farmers in Thailand under free trade”, by Ms Sayamol Kaiyoorawong and Ms Bandita Yangdee,...

Read More

Thailand’s Community Forest Bill: Who does the military government think it’s good for?

Posted on Dec 5, 2007

The National Legislative Assembly (NLA), set up after the military coup in Thailand last year and due to be disbanded following the general...

Read More

Thailand: Advance Agro’s greenwash

Posted on Jun 19, 2007

Advance Agro is one of Thailand’s largest pulp and paper companies, producing 427,000 tonnes of pulp and 470,000 tonnes of paper a...

Read More

Thailand: The looming catastrophe of oil palm plantations for biodiesel

Posted on May 23, 2007

The Thai government has set its policy on producing palm oil-based biodiesel as energy. At present, the country’s large-scale oil palm...

Read More

Thailand: People, not state, protect forests

Posted on Feb 8, 2006

Can people co-exist with forests? This nagging question will come to the fore once again if the controversial community forest bill makes...

Read More

Thailand: Long March for Community Forestry

Posted on Jan 8, 2006

Phrue has been walking for 49 days. Together with ninety eight companions, he set out on the 7th of November on an epic march from Chiang...

Read More

Thailand: Big conservationism at odds with indigenous peoples’ lives

Posted on Nov 12, 2005

In a recent outburst of “environmental enthusiasm” stimulated by generous financial offerings from the Global Environment Facility, the...

Read More

Thailand: “Community forest bill” poses relocation threat for rural communities in conservation forest areas

Posted on Oct 12, 2005

In an ironic twist, Thailand’s Community Forest Bill intended as a formal framework to define rights of communities to co-manage forest...

Read More

Thailand: A pulp mill with a long history

Posted on Jun 3, 2004

Established in 1989, Advance Agro Public Company Limited is located in Prachinburi province. Its main business is producing and selling...

Read More

Thailand: SmartWood suspends FSC certification of two plantations

Posted on Dec 13, 2003

On 1 December 2003, SmartWood suspended the Forest Stewardship Council certification of two of Forest Industry Organisation’s teak...

Read More

Thailand: Assassinated Village Conservationist

Posted on Sep 19, 2003

Samnao Srisongkhram (1965-2003), who was shot in the head and killed by a hired gunman on 25 May, was a village leader praised for his work...

Read More

Certifying the Uncertifiable. FSC Certification of Tree Plantations in Thailand and Brazil

Posted on Aug 8, 2003

By the World Rainforest Movement Concern over the spread of tree monocultures and their certification is at the centre of this book....

Read More

Thailand: Certified firm is in breach of FSC Principles

Posted on Jul 31, 2003

Two plantations managed by Thailand’s Forest Industry Organisation (FIO) are currently certified as well managed under the Forest...

Read More

Thailand: Deadly lead mines poisoning ethnic communities

Posted on Jun 30, 2003

Lead mines are killing ethnic communities and contaminating water sources in the Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary complex, a World...

Read More

Thailand: Eucalyptus, encroachment, deforestation and pollution linked to pulp and paper company

Posted on May 3, 2003

Advance Agro, one of Thailand’s largest pulp and paper companies, markets its “Double A” brand paper as environmentally...

Read More

Burma/Thailand/Laos: Colonial forestry – then and now

Posted on Mar 4, 2003

The purpose of British colonial forestry in the nineteenth century was to ensure that the colonial state maintained control over the...

Read More

Laos: The Nam Theun 2 Dam – WWF Thailand’s position

Posted on Mar 4, 2003

The planned Nam Theun 2 (NT2) dam on the Nakai Plateau in central Lao People’s Democratic Republic would be 48 m high and 320 m long,...

Read More

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...

Read More

Thailand: Forests Communities to Renew Struggle for Rights

Posted on Oct 7, 2002

More than ten years of negotiations between government officials, local community groups and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have led...

Read More

Thailand: The racism behind the modern conservation paradigm

Posted on Jul 12, 2002

The upland forests of north Thailand have become an arena for intensely contested perspectives on forest protection as state forestry...

Read More

Thailand: Senate blocks draft community forest bill

Posted on Apr 15, 2002

Thailand’s Upper House of Parliament or Senate recently blocked the passage of the draft Community Forest Bill and proposed amendments...

Read More

Thailand: United States’ carbon sink plantation proposal rejected

Posted on Apr 15, 2002

Under pressure from Thai civil society groups, the Thai government rejected a “forest conservation” proposal by the United...

Read More

Thailand: Displaced peoples wrongly blamed for forest destruction

Posted on Mar 16, 2002

A research undertaken by the NGO Friends without Borders shows that refugee communities living along Thailand’s border areas and...

Read More

Thailand: Uncertain future for the world Nº 1 exporter?

Posted on Oct 27, 2001

Thailand has been the world’s No. 1 producer and exporter of farmed shrimp for a number of years, with the shrimp boom starting in...

Read More

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...

Read More

Thailand: A step forward in the resolution of a conflict

Posted on Apr 12, 2001

A conflict exists in Northern Thailand between certain groups of highland and lowland people over the use of natural resources. Many...

Read More

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...

Read More

Thailand: A diversity-based community forest management system

Posted on Nov 16, 2000

Among at least 400 modern “community forest” systems in the hilly upper Northern region of Thailand is that of Mae Khong Saai...

Read More

Thailand: Massive eucalyptus plantations planned

Posted on Jul 17, 2000

Over the last decade or so Thailand has seen repeated protests against eucalyptus plantations. Villagers have taken part in marches,...

Read More

Thailand: For the authorities, reality at the Pak Mun dam does not exist

Posted on Jun 18, 2000

Dam megaprojects have been and are being strongly resisted in Thailand due to their adverse effects on local villagers’ livelihoods...

Read More

Thailand: Sino-Thai eucalyptus project facing opposition

Posted on May 18, 2000

Thailand’s villagers are fighting to prevent a 120,000 hectares (ha) eucalyptus plantation project that would lead to widespread forest...

Read More

Thailand: free the Moon River!

Posted on Apr 18, 2000

Pak Moon dam in the Ubon Ratchathani Province of North-East Thailand has been strongly resisted by local villagers, who are suffering its...

Read More

Thailand: Boycott the bulldozer movie!

Posted on Jan 20, 2000

Democracy and environmental groups in Thailand and beyond are shocked and outraged at the way Twentieth Century Fox used the force of power...

Read More

Thailand: eucalyptus and Jiang Zemin’s coming lesson

Posted on Nov 20, 1999

In the 1980s and early 1990s the monoculture plantations scheme -based on eucalyptus- faced strong opposition from farmers and...

Read More

Thailand: letter to the Prime Minister on Rasi Salai dam

Posted on Nov 20, 1999

Inhabitants of Mae Mun Man Yuen Village #2 affected by Rasi Salai Dam are demanding that the government reexamines the impacts of the...

Read More

Thailand: local people’s resistance to dams

Posted on Oct 20, 1999

Dam megaprojects are being strongly resisted by local communities worldwide since they mean the loss of their lands and forests, and their...

Read More

Thailand: Authorities play “Ethnic” and “Nationalist” cards

Posted on Jul 24, 1999

Recent violent and unconstitutional actions on the part of the Thai Royal Forest Department, provincial authorities and the police against...

Read More

Peoples’ demonstrations in Thailand

Posted on Jun 25, 1999

After the seizure of the Pak Mun Dam in Ubon Ratchathani Province that occured on March 23th to the hands of five thousand people from...

Read More

Thailand: support requested for peoples’ rally

Posted on May 25, 1999

Four thousand representatives of rural, poor and ethnic communities within the upper nine provinces of Northern Thailand rallied at the...

Read More

Thailand: two approaches to forest conservation

Posted on May 25, 1999

During a high-level seminar on “The Forestry Department Chief’s Vision” held in March 21st Plodprasop Suraswadi , Head of...

Read More

Thailand: Local people resist dams

Posted on May 25, 1999

Dams are one of the most important causes for forest and agricultural land destruction, which usually goes together with the loss of their...

Read More

Thailand: one year of struggle against Yadana gas pipeline

Posted on May 25, 1999

In late 1995 the Petroleum Authority of Thailand (PTT) started a survey of the route for a gas pipeline between the western province of...

Read More

Thailand: the pulp industry tries to strike back

Posted on Dec 26, 1998

The pulp and paper industry, which lost a number of battles to peasants opposing both plantations and pulp mills in Thailand , is now...

Read More

Northern Thailand: a bridging meeting in London

Posted on Nov 27, 1998

In June 1998 we published a special WRM bulletin focused on the environmental and social problems affecting the lives of highland people in...

Read More

Thailand: the strong muscle of the pulp industry

Posted on Sep 27, 1998

Phoenix Pulp and Paper Company in Khon Kaen province in northeastern Thailand is the recipient of a large credit extended by the Finnish...

Read More

Villagers arbitrarily arrested in Thailand

Posted on Jun 30, 1998

For the past five years, the small community of the village of Pang Daeng, in the mountainous northern province of Chiang Mai, Thailand,...

Read More

Thailand: the struggle of forest peoples to remain in the forest

Posted on May 2, 1998

There has been, over the course of the last decades in Thailand, many developments concerning the rights of the tribal peoples found...

Read More

Thailand: forest defenders arrested

Posted on Mar 2, 1998

Kanchanaburi March 6, 1998: Sulak Sivaraksa and some 50 students and activists who have been camping in the forest were arrested and taken...

Read More

Thailand: two opposite approaches to forest conservation

Posted on Jan 2, 1998

By Ricardo Carrere What has been happening in Thailand during the past years has developed into a showroom of some of the best and worst...

Read More

Trip to Thailand

Posted on Dec 2, 1997

Invited by the Thai NGOs PER and TERRA, Ricardo Carrere went to Thailand last November. The trip included visits to the Northeastern...

Read More

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.

Read More

Industrial tree plantations in eastern and southern Africa

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

This article gives an overview on the industrial tree plantation expansion threat in eastern and southern African countries, its external drivers, as well as the challenges this expansion presents to affected communities struggling to defend their land and livelihoods.

Read More

What are rights? Some lessons from struggle

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

In August 1838, a young man called Frederick Bailey escaped from slavery in Baltimore on the east coast of the United States (US). Less...

Read More

Industrial teak tree plantations in Ecuador: occupying and destroying fertile lands and water sources

Posted on Sep 21, 2017

Teak is a native tree from Southeast Asia, and it played an important role in colonialism in that region. British loggers extracted most of...

Read More

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...

Read More

What goes behind the idea of biodiversity offsetting: The case of Nam Ngiep Dam in Lao PDR

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

The governments of Cambodia, Laos and Thailand are planning eleven large-scale hydropower dams on the Mekong River’s mainstream. If...

Read More

Ecology, Economics, Cultures of the Mekong Basin: From Keng Kood Koo to Pha Chan in A Changing Course      

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

Launched by the Thai organization TERRA, this publication records the story of Mekong riparian communities from 25 sub-districts in 7...

Read More

Meeting report: What is happening to our forests?

Posted on Apr 6, 2017

 From 21-25 November 2016, about 50 people, involved in struggles to defend the territories, forests and livelihoods of forest-dependent...

Read More

Report: Grow-ing disaster: the Fortune 500 goes farming

Posted on Apr 6, 2017

The world’s largest agribusiness corporations are rolling out a public-private partnership programme to take control of food and...

Read More

Large-scale investments and climate conservation initiatives destroy forests and people’s territories

Posted on Apr 4, 2017

Asia’s rapid economic growth and industrialisation are coming at an extremely high price for local communities, their environments and...

Read More

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...

Read More

Southeast Asia: Strengthening resistance beyond boundaries

Posted on Mar 31, 2017

This is the third regional bulletin of the World Rainforest Movement in the past 10 months. The first regional issue (WRM Bulletin 224)...

Read More

“When murder and abuse become systemic”: violence and impunity across Asia

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

The recently released Newsletter from Focus on the Global South draws attention to the alarming escalation of violence against...

Read More

Stories, identity and struggles: How local communities live with and talk about Mekong’s landscape

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

Different words, different sides When asked what this picture is about, you are likely to answer, “An atomic bomb” in English. Most...

Read More

Nutrition from forests: forest communities and healthy lives

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

Despite the harmful consequences of the export-oriented and polluting model of the agribusiness industry for local communities, workers...

Read More

Protect Liberia’s unique forest heritage!

Posted on Jul 15, 2016

Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL), a palm oil company, holds hundreds of thousands hectares of land as an agricultural concession. GVL is now...

Read More

“Nigger” and “Nature”: Expanding the Concept of Environmental Racism

Posted on May 9, 2016

“Environmental racism” is a concept it’s hard to imagine environmentalism ever having done without. It names a reality that...

Read More

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...

Read More

Aviation industry’s offset plans distracts from urgent need to reduce emissions, say environmental NGOs

Posted on Apr 4, 2016

4th April, Brussels – As member countries of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the United Nations’ specialised...

Read More

From the loss of fish to climate change: A look into the recent dam movement in the Mekong Region  

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

“The dams built on the Mekong mainstream and other rivers in the region have resulted in severe changes in the Mekong’s ecosystems,...

Read More

What “rights” are defended in the Paris Agreement and in the plans with false solutions to the climate crisis?

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

There are many analyses of the Paris Agreement and the reasons why it is a disaster for the climate. One critique is that it does not...

Read More

Save the Mekong Rivers!

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

 Rivers Coalition in Cambodia (RCC) together with national and international organizations, insist to immediately stop all activities...

Read More

Mekong governments: Listen to the people! – Statement to sign-on

Posted on Oct 1, 2015

Dear friends, Local communities in the Mekong region in Southeast Asia, who depend on the Mekong river and numerous other rivers and lakes...

Read More

Cambodia: Steps to Victory

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

  After several years of struggle, rural communities in the province of Oddar Meanchey, Cambodia, are seeing signs of victory. Three...

Read More

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...

Read More

Stop All Mekong Basin Dams!

Posted on Feb 23, 2015

On September 2014, fishing communities’ networks from Cambodia and Thailand met with great solidarity and commitment to share and voice...

Read More

Research with Genetically Engineered trees advances in Asia

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

    WRM just updated a 2008 country by country overview of research with Genetically Engineered (GE) Trees. This overview...

Read More

The “State of the World’s Rivers” website from the NGO International Rivers, illustrates the alarming situation of the Mekong River Basin.

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

By selecting the ‘Mekong River Basin’ from the left panel where it says 2River Basins in Focus’, detailed information will appear...

Read More

Cambodia: Paving forested lands for gambling resorts

Posted on Jul 4, 2014

Cambodia’s biggest national park, Botum Sakor, will now host a 340-km2-infrastructure project led by the real-estate company from...

Read More

Stora Enso´s propaganda campaign in Laos

Posted on Jun 10, 2014

Since the Laos government adopted, in 1990, the World Bank´s Tropical Forestry Action Plan, it started with support from International...

Read More

Statement in Support of the “Open Letter to CTNBio”

Posted on Jun 2, 2014

FuturaGene, a biotechnology firm owned by Brazilian pulp and paper company Suzano, has requested authorization from the Brazilian...

Read More

Campaign to STOP GE Trees – Sign On to Support the call by Brazilian and Latin American groups to reject G.E. eucalyptus trees

Posted on Jun 2, 2014

(Sign on before 15 June!) Dear friends, FuturaGene, a biotechnology firm owned by Brazilian pulp and paper company Suzano, has requested...

Read More

Women’s roles, rights and responsibility in natural resources: Some reflections from Mekong Region

Posted on Apr 5, 2014

In Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar it remains common until today that the wife will be the one who ‘owns’ the land of...

Read More

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

Posted on Mar 21, 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...

Read More

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...

Read More