World Rainforest Movement

Attacks on Forest-Dependent Communities in Indonesia and Resistance Stories

Posted on Apr 6, 2021

WRM Bulletin Compilation. Available in English and Indonesian.

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(Bahasa Indonesia) Ancaman terhadap Komunitas Yang Bergantung Pada Hutan di Indonesia dan Kisah-Kisah Perlawanannya

Posted on Mar 25, 2021

Sebuah Kompilasi Berbagai Artikel di Buletin WRM. Available in English.

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DR Congo palm oil company bankrolled by development banks unleashes wave of violence against villagers after peaceful protests

Posted on Mar 10, 2021

A young man was killed and other people are still in prison. It was after a protest against the failure of the PHC company to provide local communities with any benefits after 100 years of illegally occupying their land.

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Offsets: Feeding the Illusion of a (Sustainable) (Green) (Carbon Neutral) (Nature-Based) (Net-zero emissions) Capitalism

Posted on Mar 9, 2021

Polluting corporations tell stories about reaching “Net-Zero” emissions while planning to continue, or even increase, destruction and exploitation. Offsets are at the centre of these stories. Of late, offsetting is also being championed by the financial industry.

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Thailand’s imposition of National Parks: The Indigenous Karen People’s struggle for their forests and survival

Posted on Mar 9, 2021

Indigenous Karen People from Bang Kloi returned to their ancestral home in the Kaeng Krachan forests, after years of dispossession due to the creation of a National Park. Karen communities are mobilizing in solidarity to the Bang Kloi communities’ right to return home.

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“Gender” in the palm oil industry and its RSPO label

Posted on Mar 9, 2021

Can the inclusion of gender-specific policies in the operations of oil palm companies and the RSPO certification scheme do more than cover up the violence and structural patriarchy and racism inherent in the plantation model? How, in such context, do these gender policies unfold?

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Ecuador: The certification of industrial shrimp aquaculture intensifies rights violations and the destruction of mangroves

Posted on Mar 9, 2021

Despite the massive clearing of mangroves to make way for shrimp farms, and the oppression of fishing and gathering communities, this industry has access to certifications that not only facilitate its entry into foreign markets; they also conceal a history of violence against the peoples of the mangroves.

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The Indigenous Kinggo’s Struggle to Defend Papua’s Customary Forest

Posted on Mar 9, 2021

The Korindo Group cleared Kinggo’s Indigenous People’s forests for its industrial oil palm plantations. Petrus Kinggo and other community leaders were persuaded to give up customary forest land with misleading and false promises. Now they are fighting against the FSC-certified Korindo.

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(Bahasa indonesia) Petrus kinggo kambenap: pembela hutan adat papua

Posted on Mar 9, 2021

Masyarakat adat setempat mengalami kerugian dan tidak mendapatkan manfaat, kompensasi tidak adil dan menjadi korban kekerasan aparat. Selanjutnya, masyarakat adat setempat menolak dan protes atas ketidakadilan dan kerusakan hutan adat.

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Resistance Against Industrial Oil Palm Plantations in West and Central Africa

Posted on Mar 9, 2021

Communities in West and Central Africa are facing the impacts of industrial oil palm plantations. With the false promise of bringing ‘development’, corporations, backed up with government support, have been granted millions of hectares of land for this expansion.

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Predatory mining in Venezuela: The Orinoco Mining Arc, enclave economies and the National Mining Plan

Posted on Mar 9, 2021

The crisis in Venezuela from 2013 to 2021 has caused the collapse of a nation that was built around oil over the last 100 years. This has created a situation characterized by the emergence of mining-dominated predatory extractivism.

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Why Reject the Privatization of Customary Land

Posted on Mar 9, 2021

For capitalists, the customary and collective land tenure systems are obstacles to wealth creation and the accumulation of profit. There has been a strong pressure for formalizing private property land rights for easing its sale and lease for commercial use. This push must stop now!

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Forests for sale in Brazil!

Posted on Mar 9, 2021

Since Jair Bolsonaro assumed the Brazilian presidency, deforestation is not only on the rise, it is increasingly out of control. This is...

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Chasing Carbon Unicorns: The Deception of Carbon Markets and “Net Zero”

Posted on Mar 9, 2021

A recent publication unpacks the science behind “net zero” claims and how they are used to obscure climate inaction. It explores the...

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Numerous organizations denounce the company UPM at the UN

Posted on Mar 9, 2021

A demand is being presented before the United Nations to verify the negative impacts and the possible violations of human rights in Uruguay...

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Mozambique: Our lives are worth more than gas!

Posted on Mar 9, 2021

A new video clip entitled “Cabo Delgado Weeps”, produced by Justiça Ambiental JA!, aims to help in the struggle against the gas...

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Liberia: Longstanding rights’ violations and deforestation exposed

Posted on Mar 9, 2021

On February 2021, a comprehensive report confirmed longstanding allegations that Golden Veroleum Liberia, a venture controlled by the...

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Malaysia. Palm oil and international law: A tale of double standards

Posted on Mar 9, 2021

EU’s restrictions on palm oil-based fuels are portrayed by the government of Malaysia as a threat to thousands of small holders relying...

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March 8 | The feminist struggle: A path of resistance and hope

Posted on Mar 8, 2021

This International Women’s Day we share a message, a series of articles from the WRM bulletin, and a recent video made by the Informal Alliance Against Oil Palm Plantations in Central and West Africa.

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ALERT! Karen indigenous communities face danger after returning to their ancestral territory in Thailand

Posted on Feb 22, 2021

They have been living in the Kaeng Krachan forests for generations. When a National Park was created, they started to suffer violence and evictions. Karen indigenous people are mobilizing around the country in solidarity to the communities from Bang Kloi’s right to return home.

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DR Congo: Call for the immediate release of people arrested after a protest against the palm oil company PHC

Posted on Feb 18, 2021

RIAO-RDC and international NGOs calls for the immediate release of community leaders and villagers from the communities of Mwingi, Bolesa and Yanongo who were arrested after a peaceful protest against the palm oil company PHC. An urgent action alert is open to sign-ons.

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Naming the crimes (and criminals) for what they are

Posted on Jan 15, 2021

The tactics and strategies employed to impose land control and extractive operations in the forests are many. Most of these tactics and strategies are criminal acts.

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Legal but corrupt

Posted on Jan 15, 2021

The boundary lines between the “legitimate” and the “criminal” have long been paper thin. Indeed, mainstream capitalist enterprise arguably only prospers because its particular forms of looting, theft, fraud and cheating have been blessed with the holy water of “legality”.

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Sexual Exploitation and Violence against Women at the Root of the Industrial Plantation Model

Posted on Jan 15, 2021

Patriarchal oppression is inseparable from the industrial plantation model, and it is at the base of how companies generate profits. Companies target women, including due to their fundamental role in community life.

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Organized land theft for industrial tree plantations in Brazil: The case of AMCEL

Posted on Jan 15, 2021

Land grabbing in Brazil is a clear example of organized crime, of land theft from small farmers.

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Indonesia: Legalizing Crimes Under the Slogan of “Creating Jobs”

Posted on Jan 15, 2021

The government of Indonesia endorsed the criticized Omnibus Law by saying that it is “crucial to attract investment and ultimately create jobs.” The Law is a direct attack on the territories and communities resisting the increasing destruction that has been ongoing for decades in Indonesia.

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(Bahasa Indonesia) Indonesia : Legalisasi Kejahatan di balik slogan ‘Penciptaan Lapangan Kerja’.

Posted on Jan 15, 2021

Pemerintahan Indonesia mengesahkan Omnibus Law yang kontroversial dengan berdalih bahwa ‘Ini penting untuk menarik investasi dan menciptakan lapangan kerja sebanyak-banyaknya’. Undang-Undang Ciptaker merupakan serangan langsung terhadap teritori dan komunitas – yang terus mengalami kehancuran dari dekade ke dekade di Indonesia.

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Law, Crime and Deforestation in the Thai Countryside

Posted on Jan 15, 2021

How are forest crimes defined? In Thailand, forest-dependant communities, rather than the government and companies carrying out large-scale deforestation, became scapegoats for this destruction.

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(Thai) กฎหมาย อาชญากรรม และการตัดไม้ทำลายป่าในพื้นที่ชนบทของไทย

Posted on Jan 15, 2021

อาชญากรรมป่าไม้ มีนิยามอย่างไร ? ในประเทศไทย ในขณะที่รัฐบาลและบริษัทต่างๆ ตัดไม้ทำลายป่าไปเป็นจำนวนมหาศาล ชาวบ้านกลับต้องกลายเป็นแพะรับบาปต่อการทำลายล้างดังกล่าว นโยบายอนุรักษ์ของรัฐบาลมุ่งเน้นไปที่การใช้กฎหมายกับประชาชนที่อยู่ในป่า ด้วยการใช้ความรุนแรงและการก่ออาชญกรรมต่อพวกเขา

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RSPO: outsourcing environmental regulation to oil palm businesses and industry

Posted on Jan 15, 2021

The RSPO certification scheme used the palm oil industry’s legitimacy crisis to strengthen the terrain to the industry’s own advantage by issuing certificates that supposedly guarantee sustainability standards.

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African Peoples Tribunal against Industrial Plantation Companies

Posted on Jan 15, 2021

Friends of the Earth organised the First session of the African Peoples Tribunal in Lagos, Nigeria, in November 2020. Affected communities...

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2020: A year of resistance and defiance

Posted on Jan 15, 2021

Focus on the Global South recently released its newsletter with a message from Asia, where, despite the pandemic and all its consequences,...

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An explanation of the new financial markets on nature’s destruction

Posted on Jan 15, 2021

Recent calls to action to address critical loss of biodiversity are both long overdue and very welcome, but a parallel debate on the...

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(Thai) นักกิจกรรมและองค์กรทั่วโลกร่วมสนับสนุนประชาชนไทยในการต่อสู้กับอุตสาหกรรมเหมืองแร่

Posted on Dec 3, 2020

ดาวน์โหลดจดหมายพร้อมลายเซ็นที่นี่

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International support to a struggle against mining in Thailand

Posted on Dec 2, 2020

Organisations, social movements and activists, from 40 countries express their support and solidarity with a community struggle in Northeastern Thailand to reclaim the land and forests encroached on by the Thor Silasitthi mining company.

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Video: Violence and sexual abuse against women in oil palm plantations MUST END

Posted on Nov 24, 2020

The video “NO to violence against women and girls living in and around oil palm plantations” denounces the violence against women in West and Central Africa whose lands have been invaded by industrial oil palm plantations.

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Evangelists of Development

Posted on Nov 18, 2020

This bulletin seeks to warn about the strategies used by those imposing themselves on territories with the development flag. They increasingly work in alliance with financial capital—which they see as a partner, and which they reinforce with public resources.

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Development: Understandings from the Ground

Posted on Nov 18, 2020

WRM spoke with close allies from Brazil, Gabon, India, Mexico and Mozambique, to hear from them and learn about their understandings of development.

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The Enduring Legacy of a Little-Known World Bank Project to Secure African Plantations for European Billionaires

Posted on Nov 17, 2020

Why haven’t Africa’s post-colonial governments dismantled the colonial plantation model of exploitation and extraction, returned the lands to their people and emboldened a resurgence of Africa’s diverse, local food and farming systems?

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Why Governments should Reject Land Commodification Efforts Orchestrated by the World Bank and the United States

Posted on Nov 17, 2020

The development narrative continues to be revived despite its role in driving the current crisis and the millions of livelihoods it has destroyed through displacement and dispossession.

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Indonesia: REDD+, European Development Funding and the ‘Low-Carbon Economy’

Posted on Nov 17, 2020

How does REDD+ fit into the development agenda in Indonesia? What are the actors involved in promoting REDD+ and with which interests?

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(Bahasa Indonesia) Indonesia: REDD+, Pendanaan Pembangunan Eropa dan ‘Ekonomi Rendah Karbon’

Posted on Nov 17, 2020

Bagaimana REDD+ sejalan dengan agenda pembangunan di Indonesia? Siapa dan apa aktor yang terlibat dalam mempromosikan REDD+ dan dengan kepentingan apa? Artikel ini merefleksikan masalah ini dan peringatan tentang bagaimana REDD+ berperan penting untuk mendorong apa yang disebut pembangunan ‘bersih’, ‘hijau’, dan ‘rendah karbon’.

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European Development Bank Involvement into Congolese Palm Oil Company Perpetuates Racism of Colonial-Era Land Grab

Posted on Nov 17, 2020

European development banks have financed a plantation company in DRC that is built on injustice and violence dating back to a colonial-era land grab. When the company went bankrupt in 2020, the banks chose to uphold the plantation model.

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The African Development Bank and the Tree Plantations Industry

Posted on Nov 17, 2020

In June 2019, a report from the AfDB and WWF Kenya made a call to development-funding agencies, mainly from Europe, and the World Bank, to provide aid money to a new Fund for financing 100,000 hectares of (new) industrial tree plantations, to support the potential development of 500,000 hectares, in Eastern and Southern Africa.

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“It has Always been the same”: Cooperation that does not Cooperate

Posted on Nov 17, 2020

This article is about how so-called ‘development cooperation’ hides, and grants legitimacy to, an agenda of dispossession and capitalist expansion; and how this ‘cooperation’ actually co-opts the political agenda of grassroots movements.

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Unravelling Concepts tied to Development

Posted on Nov 17, 2020

Development discourse is intertwined with an array of concepts. It is impossible to talk about development without thinking about other...

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“They should not be called public development banks”

Posted on Nov 17, 2020

A sign-on statement denounces public development banks for financing companies and private projects that heavily impact communities, their...

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Stolen Land Reclaimed in Argentina

Posted on Nov 17, 2020

The organization, Independent Producers of Piray, in Argentina, organized to stop the Alto Paraná company and the monoculture of pine...

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“Transform the System”

Posted on Nov 17, 2020

The last bulletin related to the global pandemic from the organization Focus on the Global South encompasses seven articles that pose the...

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The Suspension of UPM’s Works is Requested until the Environmental Requirements of their Authorization are Met

Posted on Nov 17, 2020

Members of MOVUS (Movement for a Sustainable Uruguay) denounced before the courts that UPM pulp company failed to comply the environmental...

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The Development Dictionary

Posted on Nov 17, 2020

This 1992 book, edited by Wolfgang Sachs, compiles more than 15 key concepts that served as a basis for, and a way to expand, destructive...

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(Swahili) Ni jambo gani linaloweza kuwa baya kuhusiana na upandaji miti? Shinikizo jipya kuhusu upandaji wa miti kwa ajili ya viwanda Kusini mwa Dunia

Posted on Nov 16, 2020

Pakua chapisho katika pdf.

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Support the struggle against mining in Thailand!

Posted on Nov 9, 2020

We call organizations around the world to adhere to this letter of solidarity with the women and men human rights defenders (W/HRDs) of Khao Lao Yai-Pha Jun Dai Forest Conservation Group.

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Say NO to Green Climate Fund money for REDD in Nicaragua!

Posted on Nov 3, 2020

We call on organizations to sign this open letter before this Friday 6th of November!!!

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Community members from Mozambique and organizations around the world say NO to more industrial tree plantations

Posted on Oct 16, 2020

On the eve of the International Day of Struggle against Monoculture Tree Plantations, an open letter signed by more than 730 members of Mozambican communities, and 120 organizations from 40 countries has been released.

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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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Resisting a (Mono)Culture of Devastation

Posted on Sep 24, 2020

Despite the various tactics that try to hide the underlying harm and violence behind large scale tree plantations, each year, communities and movements raise up on September 21st to give visibility to their struggles and to denounce the detrimental impacts tree plantations have on their lives and territories.

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The Agony of a Tree-Planting Project on Communities’ Land in Uganda

Posted on Sep 24, 2020

The large-scale plantations from UK-based New Forests Company (NFC) have meant violence for thousands of residents from Mubende, Uganda. More than 15 years after the company began its operations, affected communities still confront the long-lasting and severe damages.

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From the ‘Greening Motherland’ Campaign to the ‘Ant Forest’ App: Tree-planting in China’s environmental politics

Posted on Sep 24, 2020

A historical reflection of China’s main mass tree-planting projects puts in evidence the increasingly key role of capital and market forces in rural China. The most recent one is based on the idea of “green” consumerism and benefits some of the biggest retailer and technology companies.

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South Africa: Death by Eucalyptus Monocultures

Posted on Sep 24, 2020

Several of Sappi’s plantations have been converted from pine to eucalyptus trees without authorization. Data obtained in over 75 years to verify timber plantations’ water use demonstrate that eucalyptus trees use 30 to 50% more water than pine trees.

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Colombia: Palm-Producing Company Poligrow Plans to Grab more Land under the “Small Producers” Scheme

Posted on Sep 24, 2020

Violence, massacre and forced displacement in the context of the armed conflict in Colombia have served to advance the industrial cultivation of oil palm. Palm-producing company Poligrow has an undeniable role in land-grabbing and intimidation in the municipality of Mapiripán.

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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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Deforestation in the Amazon, and the REDD+ Money that Keeps Coming to Brazil

Posted on Sep 24, 2020

The tens of millions of euros that the government of Acre received from the German government for its REDD+ program failed to stop deforestation. Despite this fact several Brazilian states continue to receive funds from the German government.

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The Road that Threatens to Destroy the “Protected” Harapan Forest in South Sumatra, Indonesia

Posted on Sep 24, 2020

The approval of a road construction inside the first Ecosystem Restoration Concession in Indonesia puts in evidence the inherent contradictions of such concessions.

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(Bahasa Indonesia) Jalan yang Mengancam Kerusakan Hutan Harapan yang Dilindungi di Sumatera

Posted on Sep 24, 2020

Persetujuan pembangunan jalan di dalam Konsesi Restorasi Ekosistem pertama di Indonesiaterbukti nyata bertolakbelakang dari prinsip yang melekat dari konsesi tersebut. Sebagainegara yang memiliki citra internasional tentang kepedulian terhadap deforestasi,pemerintah malah terlibat dalam memndorong terbitnya kebijakan yang mengarah padadeforestasi yang semakin parah.

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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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Land defenders facing ever-increasing violence

Posted on Sep 24, 2020

The NGO Global Witness recently released its 2019 report on the violence against land and environmental defenders – those who are at...

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“Meaningless certification”

Posted on Sep 24, 2020

Three-quarters of oil palm concessions in Indonesia and Malaysian Borneo certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) occupy...

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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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Declaration: International Day of Struggle Against Monoculture Tree Plantations – September 21st, 2020

Posted on Sep 21, 2020

We share the Declaration of the Latin American Network Against Monoculture Tree Plantations.

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We need your support! Help stop the advance of monoculture tree plantations in the global South!

Posted on Sep 10, 2020

Sign this letter to alert people in the global North! Stop development agencies from promoting expansion of large-scale tree plantations.

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Complete the WRM Bulletin Survey!

Posted on Aug 24, 2020

We invite you to complete the survey. Your inputs, suggestions and constructive critiques are essential for the planning and production of the WRM Bulletin.

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The Green Climate Fund (GCF) must say No to more REDD+ funding requests.

Posted on Aug 18, 2020

That is the message from more than 80 organisations to the GCF Board on 17 August 2020. The organisations call on the Board to reject in particular two requests for so-called “Results-Based Payments” for deforestation supposedly reduced years ago.

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(Bahasa Indonesia) Dukung surat ini! GCF harus menolak permintaan pendanaan REDD

Posted on Aug 14, 2020

Kami mengundang organisasi –organisasi seperjuangan untuk menandatangani surat terbuka kepada anggota Dewan Green Climate Fund (GCF) hingga batas waktu Senin, 17 Agustus 2020.

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Support this open letter! The GCF Board must refrain from approving more REDD+ funding requests

Posted on Aug 13, 2020

We invite organisations to sign until Monday, 17 August. The letter urges the GCF Board to reject in particular two requests for so-called “Results-Based Payments” from the goverments of Indonesia and Colombia.

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Audio: Impacts of Covid-19 on Forest Dependant Peoples

Posted on Aug 6, 2020

Here we share some fragments of a conversation between the journalist Margaret Prescod, from the Sojourner Truth radio show on KPFK Radio,...

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Support this Public Letter to denounce the “donations farce” of corporations in Brazil

Posted on Jul 28, 2020

We invite organizations from Brazil, and also from other countries, to sign-on this letter -until September 21st- to strengthen our struggle and resistance against the impacts of corporations in our territories.

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How Covid-19 impacted the oil spills clean-up process in Ogoniland?

Posted on Jul 15, 2020

Godwin Uyi Ojo, Environmental Rights Action (ERA)/ Friends of the Earth Nigeria.

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What is the role of the agro-industry, and what actors are behind this enormous chain of production?

Posted on Jul 15, 2020

Silvia Ribeiro, ETC Group.

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How is Covid-19 strengthening the push towards a so-called “energy transition”?

Posted on Jul 15, 2020

Hendro Sangkoyo – School of Democratic Economics, Indonesia.

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What are the parallels between Covid-19 and climate change?

Posted on Jul 15, 2020

Ivonne Yánez, Acción Ecológica, Ecuador.

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What do growing numbers of pandemics (human and nonhuman) mean for capital in a longer historical perspective?

Posted on Jul 15, 2020

Larry Lohmann, The Corner House, UK

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How do you see the impacts of authoritarian regimes unfolding due to the measures implemented in front of Covid-19?

Posted on Jul 15, 2020

Shalmali Guttal, Focus on the Global South

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Exploiting the Pandemic: Corporate and Elite Profiteering

Posted on Jul 15, 2020

Communities have a long history of confronting the disasters imposed by corporations and elites. For them, the “emergency” was a reality well before the Covid-19 pandemic. Yet, profit-seekers are abusing the situation to advance land grabs and roll back legislation.

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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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Communities in West and Central Africa Resist Industrial Oil Palm Plantations, Even in Times of Covid-19

Posted on Jul 15, 2020

While palm oil companies present themselves as benevolent donors during the pandemic, communities living in and around these plantations tell another story. Activists against industrial oil palm plantations talk about communities’ situation since the Covid-19 outbreak.

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Indonesia: How the Pandemic Strengthens Immunity for Mining Corporate-Oligarchy and Paves the Way to a New Dictatorship

Posted on Jul 15, 2020

This article highlights four trends that evidence how the mining industry continues to benefit from the Covid-19 pandemic while continuing its destruction throughout the archipelago. While corporate-oligarchs are hijacking democracy by perpetuating emergencies, a new dictatorship is being installed under the flag of mining capitalism.

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(Bahasa Indonesia) Indonesia: Bagaimana Pandemi Memperkuat Imunitas Oligarki Tambang dan Membuka Jalan menuju Kediktatoran Baru

Posted on Jul 15, 2020

BAHASA. Artikel ini menyoroti empat tren yang menjadi bukti bagaimana industri pertambangan mengeruk manfaat dari situasi pandem Covid-10 sembari melanjutkan agenda penghancurannya di seluruh kepulauan nusantara. Sementara korporasi-oligarki sedang berupaya membajak demokrasi, kediktatoran baru sedang menancapkan kakinya di bawah bendera kapitalisme pertambangan.

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Agro-imperialism in the time of Covid-19

Posted on Jul 15, 2020

Agro- and meat industries are winning the jackpot with the Covid-19 pandemic. While the pandemic profits stay at the top, devastation is what trickles down to the bottom. The consequences are deadly. A new wave of structural adjustment is on the way that will focus on increasing foreign agribusiness investment and exports of agricultural commodities.

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Brazil: Against Covid-19, Feminist Economics in the Countryside and the City

Posted on Jul 15, 2020

With the Covid-19 crisis, the initiatives of movements and collectives based on feminist economics have gained strength. Feminist economics leads us to reflect on the updated mechanisms of control, while continuing to affirm the capacity for resistance and reconstruction of bodies in movement.

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The Pandemic in Forests in India: Escalated Attacks on Communities

Posted on Jul 15, 2020

Funds from the Compensatory Afforestation scheme have been allocated for Covid-19 relief measures. The scheme has funded plantations that invade community land and has led to illegal evictions where “Protected Areas” have been declared. This has not stopped during the lockdown.

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Reflections amid the Covid-19 Pandemic from WRM’s Advisory Committee

Posted on Jul 15, 2020

Members of the WRM’s Advisory Committee were invited to contribute to this special Bulletin with reflections on the devastating situation of deepening injustices that forest communities and peasant families around the world are facing due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Papua: Violence against Indigenous Peoples and Forest Defenders

Posted on Jul 15, 2020

The documentary “Selling out West Papua”, shown on Al Jazeera, with associated reporting by news portals Gecko and Mongabay, reveals...

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India: The impact of Covid-19 and lockdowns on Adivasi (Indigenous) and Forest Communities

Posted on Jul 15, 2020

In a series of articles, forest communities talk about the violation of their forest rights as a result of government approvals for forest...

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“Overcoming the Covid-19 pandemic: Lessons from the dulet”

Posted on Jul 15, 2020

“Dulet”: A highly transferable disease brought by the meginalew (good spirit) to discipline the wrongdoings of humanity. Alim...

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Arbaro Fund: More Money, More Conflict?

Posted on Jul 6, 2020

Company plans 75,000 hectare expansion of Industrial Tree Plantations in Seven Countries in the Global South: Sierra Leone, Ghana, Uganda, Ethiopia, Peru, Ecuador and Paraguay. Download the leafelt to know more about the company and why communities should be alert.

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Campaign to STOP Genetically Engineered Trees: 20 years after

Posted on Jun 29, 2020

Twenty years after the founding of the Campaign to STOP GE Trees, groups in the Campaign are launching a new website & video, among other tools, to accompany the relaunch of their effort to prevent the release of genetically engineered trees into the environment.

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DR Congo: Communities take back control over land stolen from them and urge the oil palm company Feronia to confirm their announcement to “abandon” the land

Posted on Jun 16, 2020

More than 100 years ago, lands were stolen from communities in DR Congo for industrial oil palm production. Since 2009, those lands are under control of the company FERONIA.

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The Conservation Industry’s Agenda in Times of Crisis

Posted on May 14, 2020

The environmental, climatic and social crisis has been a reality for many for a long time. Yet, rather than acknowledging their contribution to this crisis, corporations and allies use the pandemic to amplify their push to expand Protected Areas, presenting it as a “global solution”.

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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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