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21 September | Videos: Plantations are not forests!!

Posted on Sep 10, 2017

WRM releases five short videos which shows why industrial tree plantations are not forests. The first one is about the impacts of...

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Collection of videos about the impacts of large-scale industrial oil palm plantations

Posted on Jul 15, 2016

The WRM, together with GRAIN, prepared a collection of videos on the impacts of large-scale industrial oil palm plantations. The videos...

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Collection of videos about the impacts of large scale industrial oil palm plantations

Posted on Sep 8, 2014

Continuing with the communications for September 21st, this time we would like to share with all of you a collection of videos that we have...

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Analysing the Discourse of ‘Green’ Capitalism: The Meaning of Nature in ‘Nature-Based’

Posted on May 18, 2021

The term ‘nature-based solutions,’ in the context of the exclusionary and predatory projects that gather behind it, reveals something fundamental.

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Open Letter to HSBC about Suzano in Brazil

Posted on Oct 6, 2020

This Open Letter is a public reply from the Alert against the Green Desert Network from Brazil and WRM to an email from the investment department of the HSBC bank in the USA, requesting more information regarding the Suzano paper and pulp corporation in Brazil.

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A Different Vision of “Doing Conservation:” The Kawsak Sacha of the Kichwa People of Sarayaku, Ecuador

Posted on Sep 24, 2020

Most governments, NGOs and corporations are promoting more Protected Areas and conservation areas around the world. But what does conservation mean? Marlon Santi of the Kichwa people of Sarayaku explains to us what the Amazonian peoples of Ecuador consider to be conservation.

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Feminist critique of corporate power

Posted on Sep 24, 2020

Women’s March Global and Semperviva Feminist Organization (SOF) have produced a series of videos that bring a feminist critique to...

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The donation farce during the battle against Covid-19 in Brazil

Posted on Sep 24, 2020

A network of civil society organizations and social movements launched a letter to expose how big companies (agribusiness, industrial tree...

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Indigenous peoples in Brazil fight against government policies… and the pandemic

Posted on Jul 15, 2020

From its first day in office, the government led by Jair Bolsonaro has been trying to undermine the constitutional rights of Indigenous Peoples and quilombola communities in Brazil. WRM spoke with the organization CIMI in the Western Amazon.

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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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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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Organizations tell the Green Climate Fund to say NO to funding requests for industrial tree plantations

Posted on Mar 9, 2020

133 organisations and 101 individuals from 56 countries have signed the letter to the GCF Board. Specifically, they call for the rejection of a funding request from the Arbaro Fund which the GCF Board will discuss at its 25th meeting from 10-12 March.

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Smurfit Kappa in Colombia: Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Posted on Mar 5, 2020

After more than 50 years of struggle by peasant communities who have faced all kinds of environmental and social destruction, the highest court of Cauca Valley has ruled against the industrial plantation company, Smurfit Kappa Cartón Colombia.

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Sign this letter! Tell Green Climate Fund Board Members to say NO to funding requests that promote monoculture tree plantations

Posted on Mar 3, 2020

Tell Green Climate Fund Board Members to say NO to funding requests that promote monoculture tree plantations and, in particular, the funding request of the Arbaro Fund for its so-called “Sustainable Forestry Fund”.

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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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A Reflection from Africa: Conquer the Fear for Building Stronger Movements

Posted on Dec 22, 2018

An interview with the activist Nasako Besingi. He organized communities in their protests against US agribusiness Herakles Farm’s palm oil plantations. Due to this engagement, he has been the victim of Herakles Farm and government physical attacks, intimidation and criminalization.

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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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Sengwer people cry for help in the Embobut Forest, Kenya

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

The Sengwer are indigenous people who live in the Embobut forest in the Cherangani Hills in Kenya. Since British colonial rule, the Sengwer...

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Actions around the world to commemorate the International Day of Struggle Against Monoculture Tree Plantations

Posted on Oct 9, 2017

Hereby we share a number of activities, new materials and media coverages from different countries to commemorate the International Day of...

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Eucalyptus and silent poisons: The expansion of plantations in the southernmost part of Bahia, Brazil

Posted on Sep 21, 2017

The process of territorial transformation in the southernmost part of Bahia is closely intertwined with agriculture in Brazil, and is based...

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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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Chile: Rebuilding productive resistance after the forest fires

Posted on Jul 7, 2017

At the beginning of 2017, the south central region of Chile suffered a wave of fires that lasted for several weeks and affected around...

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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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The Paris Agreement: International Endorsement for Tree Plantation Companies to Start a New Cycle of Expansion

Posted on Feb 7, 2017

Many communities in countries in the Global South are fighting invasion of their lands by large-scale tree plantations. WRM has learned a...

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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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Support independent journalism! The Green Economy and its impacts on peoples and territories

Posted on Oct 21, 2016

In recent decades, many communities have been displaced from their ancestral lands to make way for “Green Economy”...

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Expansion of Oil Palm Plantations as State Policy in Central America

Posted on Oct 20, 2016

Historical, environmental, labor and economic aspects converge in the expansion of oil palm plantations in Central America. The...

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Let´s stop further destruction by Bidco Africa industrial oil palm plantations

Posted on Jun 10, 2016

Dear friends, we ask for your support. Our colleagues from the No2Bidco Campaign in Uganda and Kenya have contacted us to request support...

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Colombia: Women as Seeds of Mobilization and Resistance

Posted on May 9, 2016

If they touch our blood, they touch the earth If they touch the earth, they touch our blood Motto of the Women of the Xinka Peoples...

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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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Voices of Resistance: Women fighting for life

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

The “Weaving Resistances” project, from the Organization “Democracy and Global Transformation Program” in Peru, shares...

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Women peasants preventing GM trees release in Brazil!

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

In the morning of 5 March 2015, 1,000 women from the Landless Rural Workers Movement in Brazil (MST) occupied the area of field trials...

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Two-years research into business links of the NGO WWF in all corners of the world uncover the true face of the panda

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

The Silence of the Pandas became a German bestseller in 2012. A series of injunctions and court cases launched by WWF delayed publication...

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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...

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Welcome to the new WRM website

Posted on May 4, 2014

We are updating our website to provide a more user-friendly platform for our visitors. While this transition is in process, some of our...

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Chile: ¡No más expansión de pinos y eucaliptus! Selección de materiales de MapuExpress por el 21 de setiembre

Posted on Sep 20, 2013

Only available in Spanish –     En el marco del día internacional de Lucha contra los Monocultivos de Árboles este 21 de...

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Oil Palm in Africa. Voices from the communities

Posted on Sep 13, 2013

Industrial oil palm plantations are rapidly expanding, not only in Liberia. In many African countries expansion projects are happening and...

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Brazil: The double role of Norway in conserving and destroying the Amazon

Posted on Aug 20, 2013

Norway is a major donor of the Amazon Fund, the Brazilian Development Bank’s fund that receives donations from governments, multilateral...

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International Day of Struggle against Monoculture Tree Plantations 2013

Posted on Aug 20, 2013

September 21, the International Day Against Monoculture Tree Plantations, is a day for our organizations, networks and movements to...

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SSNC campaign to save mangroves and the communities who depend on them

Posted on Jul 30, 2013

The shrimp industry has boomed over the last 20 years as the result of production on large industrial shrimp farms, which have devastating...

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Open letter to the UN and its institutions and initiatives related to forest issues

Posted on Mar 21, 2013

On the occasion of March 21st, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly as International Day of the Forests (1), the World Rainforest...

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Open letter to the UN and its institutions and initiatives related to forest issues

Posted on Mar 1, 2013

On the occasion of March 21st, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly as International Day of the Forests (1), the World Rainforest Movement...

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Honduras: Bajo Aguán – Cry for the Land: New video denounces rights violations under the exploitative oil palm plantation model

Posted on Dec 30, 2012

The documentary video “Bajo Aguán: Grito por la Tierra” (Bajo Aguán: Cry for the Land) (1) was presented in Honduras on December 10...

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About WRM

Posted on Dec 28, 2012

Download WRM brochure What is the World Rainforest Movement (WRM)? The World Rainforest Movement (WRM) is an international initiative...

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Disputed territory: new video on the green economy versus community-based economies in southern Brazil

Posted on Dec 14, 2012

A story of the peoples of the Atlantic Forest in southern Brazil in a disputed territory where the green economy competes with community-based economies.

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The International Day against Monoculture Tree Plantations around the world

Posted on Sep 30, 2012

On September 21, the International Day against Monoculture Tree Plantations, organizations, networks and movements around the world...

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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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September 21st around the world – 2012

Posted on Sep 21, 2012

On September 21, the International Day against Monoculture Tree Plantations, organizations, networks and movements around the world...

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International Day of Struggle against Monoculture Tree Plantations 2012

Posted on Sep 1, 2012

September 21, the International Day Against Monoculture Tree Plantations, is a day for our organizations, networks and movements to...

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Convergence of movements’ communication media at the Peoples Summit in Rio+20

Posted on Jun 30, 2012

From Rio de Janeiro, the convergence of social movement’s communication media, through Radio Mundo Real, brings us the Peoples Summit...

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Industrial monoculture tree plantations in South Africa: The culture of traditional healers versus the culture of consumption

Posted on Jan 30, 2012

In the reports about the effects of industrial tree plantations of eucalyptus, pine or oil palm on peoples’ lives, negative impacts...

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A definition of forests that reflects their true meaning

Posted on Jun 6, 2011

We are pleased to announce that we have received a number of translations of the short video we produced to graphically illustrate the...

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REDD-Monitor’s round-up: Watching REDD unravel

Posted on May 5, 2011

After almost five month’s of dithering, Indonesia’s two-year forest moratorium started this month. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono...

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Human rights violated by climate change … and by the UN Climate Change Convention in Copenhagen!

Posted on Dec 30, 2009

The UN Climate Change Convention in Copenhagen presents itself to the world as if it were truly tackling the major global crisis of climate...

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Defend Life!

Posted on Sep 11, 2009

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

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New video online on timber plantations in Southern Africa

Posted on May 30, 2009

The Southern African organization GeaSphere has produced the online video “Earth Matters” which can be viewed (in two parts)...

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Wilful ignorance: FAO and industrial tree plantations

Posted on Apr 29, 2009

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation has long worked on behalf of the plantation industry. One of FAO’s strategies to support the...

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Short video on the impacts of excessive paper consumption

Posted on Jun 26, 2008

We have produced a 10 minute video (in English) on the impacts of the paper industry. We hope that the video will be a useful tool for...

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Chile: Patricia Troncoso, a symbol of the Mapuche struggle against a Government at the service of forestry companies

Posted on Jan 3, 2008

The young indigenous Mapuche leader, Patricia Troncoso has been on a hunger strike since 10 October 2007.  She was given a prison sentence...

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Cameroon: Community forests in a sea of industrial logging

Posted on Oct 17, 2007

I visited Cameroon in December 2006 and again in September 2007. In both trips I was shocked by the sheer number of trucks loaded with huge...

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Letter sent to FSC to show that Veracel should not receive certification

Posted on Aug 14, 2007

We have recently learnt that Veracel has launched a process to obtain FSC certification for its plantations. It has hired the consulting...

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New WRM Video section on plantations and pulp mills

Posted on May 23, 2007

WRM has created a new video section in its website. You can find it in the page’s left column or going directly to...

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Peru: Visit to a ‘Potato Park’

Posted on Aug 19, 2003

High in the Peruvian Andes a unique initiative in indigenous-run conservation is being pursued to preserve the huge variety of domesticated...

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Laos: Planned Nam Theun 2 dam leads to increased logging

Posted on Sep 11, 2001

The World Bank is edging towards making a decision on whether to award a US$100 million loan guarantee for the proposed Nam Theun 2...

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Aracruz: the naked emperor

Posted on Dec 20, 1999

Because of Aracruz Celulose’s move to apply for FSC certification for its eucalyptus plantations in the state of Bahia -avoiding at...

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Images needed

Posted on Aug 7, 1997

As part of the Plantations Campaign to be launched soon, we have thought that it would be very useful to have a video on the issue. The...

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