World Rainforest Movement

Declaración de la Red Mesoamericana frente a la Palma Aceitera

Posted on Oct 12, 2021

Only available in Spanish.

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Public letter of the International Meeting “How to Resist Monoculture Plantations”

Posted on Sep 30, 2021

21 September, 2021 – International Day of Struggle against Industrial Tree Plantations.

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Ecuador: Solidaridad con los Defensores de Barranquilla de San Javier

Posted on Sep 29, 2021

Only available in Spanish.

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Manifesto Rede Alerta contra os Desertos Verdes (21 de setembro 2021)

Posted on Sep 29, 2021

(Only available in Portuguese)

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Industrial Monoculture Tree Plantations: Making the Voices of Resistance Louder!

Posted on Sep 28, 2021

The International Day of Struggle against Monoculture Plantations, September 21st recognizes the courage and strength behind the resistance processes against industrial plantations.

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Oil Palm Monoculture in Ixcán Municipality, Guatemala: A Story of Dispossession and Deception

Posted on Sep 28, 2021

The Palmas del Ixcán company has used multiple tactics to grab land, as well as a deceptive RSPO certification process and the use of “independent producers.” Despite criminalization of communities, their resistance grows ever stronger.

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The New Forests Company in Uganda: Villages Evicted, Deceived and Dumped into Poverty

Posted on Sep 28, 2021

More than 10,000 people have been evicted to make way for the UK-registered New Forests Company (NFC)’s tree plantations, which are established and financed under the carbon market framework.

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Women, Land, Plantations and Oppression in Sierra Leone

Posted on Sep 28, 2021

Oil palm company Socfin has meant oppression for affected communities. Yet, women have to confront another patriarchic system. Paramount Chiefs are the custodian of the land according to customary law, which often give men decision-making and ownership power over land.

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A Dangerous Place for Women. Stories of Indigenous Women Working in Oil Palm Plantations in Papua

Posted on Sep 28, 2021

Oil palm plantations are one of the most unsafe spaces for women, not only because of their vulnerable working status packed with injustices and precarities, but also because of the potential for sexual violence and harassment.

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(Bahasa Indonesia) Bukan Tempat Perempuan. Potret Buruh Perempuan Perkebunan Kelapa Sawit di Papua.

Posted on Sep 28, 2021

Dari kerentanan ke kerentanan lainnya Dari jarak kira-kira 10 meter, Saya melihat seorang buruh perempuan yang sedang menenteng ember di...

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The World of Speculation and Green Bonds

Posted on Sep 27, 2021

Suzano, the world’s largest producer of eucalyptus pulp, is seeking to intensify its operations with so-called ‘green bonds’ as a way to finance its expansion projects.

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The Sangha Region in the Republic of Congo

Posted on Sep 27, 2021

The Sangha region is entirely under the control of three concessions that have colonial origins and continue to deploy guards against the forest inhabitants to prevent them using their ancestral lands.

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Genetically Engineered Trees: No Solution to Climate Change

Posted on Sep 27, 2021

As the devastating effects of climate change become more immediate and severe, corporate interests are promoting the use of unproven and...

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Nine Reasons to Say NO to Contract Farming with Palm Oil Companies

Posted on Sep 27, 2021

A recent publication form the WRM explains how contract farming with palm oil companies works, and why it is a serious threat to peasant...

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Palm oil plantations are making inroads in the Brazilian Amazon

Posted on Sep 27, 2021

A recent article from Mongabay warns on how the palm oil industry is expanding rapidly in the Brazilian Amazon. Oil palm coverage in...

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Exploitation of migrant workers in palm oil plantations in Malaysia

Posted on Sep 27, 2021

An academic article from Janina Puder exposes how the palm oil industry in Malaysia heavily relies on the cheap labour of migrant workers...

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(Luganda) 21st September – Olunaku lw’ensi yonna okuwakanya enkola y’okusimba amasamba g’emiti.

Posted on Sep 17, 2021

Amasamba g’emiti ssi bibira.

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(Swahili) Bango: Tarehe 21 Septemba – Siku ya Kimataifa ya Mapambano Dhidi ya Mashamba ya Miti ya Aina Moja

Posted on Sep 17, 2021

Mashamba ya Miti ya Aina Moja Sio Misitu!!! Pakua bango kwa azimio kubwa.

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(Bahasa Indonesia) Poster: 21 September – Hari Perjuangan Internasional Melawan Perkebunan Monokultur

Posted on Sep 17, 2021

Perkebunan tidak sama dengan hutan!!! Unduh poster dalam resolusi tinggi.

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Genetically Engineered Trees: No Solution to Climate Change

Posted on Sep 12, 2021

Statement Condemns Proposed Use of Genetically Engineered Trees in Wrong-Headed Climate Mitigation Schemes.

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Song from Mozambique: Plantations Are NOT Forests

Posted on Sep 8, 2021

We share this song, composed by the organizations Justicia Ambiental, Missão Tabita and AJOCME, from Mozambique.

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(Bahasa Indonesia) Transisi menuju apa? Beragam kecurangan ekonomi “rendah karbon” dan “energy hijau” – Buletin 256 – Mei / Juni 2021

Posted on Aug 25, 2021

Unduh buletin dalam pdf.

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(Vídeo) Brasil: Denúncia de impactos da produção de celulose na região da Comunidade de Curvelândia (MA)

Posted on Aug 17, 2021

Only available in Portuguese.

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

Posted on Aug 3, 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. 22 people have been prosecuted this year. They could face a jail term of 4 to 20 years.

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New booklet: Nine Reasons to Say NO to Contract Farming with Palm Oil Companies

Posted on Jul 19, 2021

Why do peasant farmers lose out when they produce for the palm oil industry? A publication based on experiences from Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.

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(Bahasa Indonesia) Buklet baru: Sembilan Alasan Menolak Pertanian Kontrak dengan Perusahaan Kelapa Sawit

Posted on Jul 19, 2021

Mengapa petani kecil merugi ketika mereka menanam untuk industri kelapa sawit? Sebuah publikasi berdasarkan pengalaman dari Amerika Latin, Afrika sub-Sahara dan Asia Tenggara.

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The transition to a ‘low-carbon’ economy: a green camouflage for more destructive capitalism

Posted on Jul 9, 2021

This bulletin aims to reflect on the extraction, violence and oppression related to the so-called energy ‘transition’ and its ‘green’ camouflage. A transition from what? And towards what?

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Electric Vehicles: Driving Suffering and Pollution

Posted on Jul 9, 2021

Electric cars have become the symbol of the ‘low carbon’ economy. As an item of consumption first and foremost for the wealthy, the negative impacts of the required minerals and metals that are extracted are frequently downplayed.

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Industrial Consumption: A largely invisible yet decisive underlying cause of the crisis

Posted on Jul 9, 2021

This article highlights the voices of Justiça Ambiental! in Mozambique and the African ecofeminist alliance WoMIN.

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The green paradoxes of an Amazonian country

Posted on Jul 9, 2021

Balsa wood is an important input for windmills. Ecuador is the world’s largest exporter of this wood. The invasion of millions of wind turbines in China, Europe and the US means the extraction of metals to build them, as well as the brutal felling of balsa wood trees. 

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Renewable energies and ‘green hydrogen’: Renewing destruction?

Posted on Jul 9, 2021

Industrial-scale renewable energy infrastructure has seen a revival in the agenda of the ‘energy transition’ and as part of the economic recovery plans in front of the pandemic. Besides, the production of ‘green hydrogen’ from these projects adds another layer of injustices.

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Wind energy on the Northeast Brazilian coast and the contradictions between ‘clean energy’, injustices and environmental racism

Posted on Jul 9, 2021

In dominant models of energy production and consumption, the centralization of the energy matrix and the concentration of decision-making power remain, and with all the marks of inequalities, patriarchy and environmental racism, even if the source of energy has changed.

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The ‘Digital Economy’: Cementing the Expansion of Extraction and Pollution

Posted on Jul 9, 2021

The so-called ‘digital economy’ is usually promoted as one that has a relatively low impact on the environment, one in which material resources are largely unnecessary. But what (and who) is being hidden by such images of an almost ethereal and cleaner economy?

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Responsible, sustainable, renewable and certified: An economy that destroys the planet?

Posted on Jul 9, 2021

Certification schemes seeking to legitimize activities that harm the environment and its people, with terms like “sustainable”, are a survival strategy for capitalism. In the framework of the energy transition, even the mining industry seeks to validate its unstoppable growth.

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Mining and Militarization: two sides of the same coin

Posted on Jul 9, 2021

A report from the organization London Mining Network highlights that extractivism is a militarised process: it violently ruptures...

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How the fossil fuel industry used Covid-19 for polluting energy schemes

Posted on Jul 9, 2021

Fossil fuel companies and interest groups in Europe captured tens of billions of public money from Covid-19 recovery packages. On top of...

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500+ experts call on world’s nations to not burn forests to make energy

Posted on Jul 9, 2021

In February 2021 more than 500 scientists and economists issued a letter urging to stop burning wood as a means of making energy in...

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Bioeconomy and Global Inequalities

Posted on Jul 9, 2021

This is the title of an open access book with 15 chapters focusing on the meanings, agendas, as well as the local and global implications...

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Letter in Defense of the Amazon and Mother Earth, Against the Invasion of Capital, Extreme Violence and Green Scams

Posted on Jun 10, 2021

A call to Brazilian society and the peoples of the world to defend the territories from capitalism and its new “green” onslaught.

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Nature is NOT a “Solution”

Posted on May 18, 2021

It is imperative to understand the concept of ‘nature-based solutions,’ to name it for what it is: ‘nature-based dispossessions’, and to expose the real threat it poses to territories.

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Conservation NGOs Gift Polluters a Massive Land Grab called ‘Nature Based Solutions’

Posted on May 18, 2021

While the concept of ‘Nature Based Solutions’ has eagerly been seized upon by polluting industries, financial institutions and governments, its origins lie somewhere else.

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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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When different forms of oppression come together on the same subjects

Posted on May 18, 2021

Using “intersectionality” in her reflection, the author highlights how essential it is to understand how various situations of oppression often befall the same subject.

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Food and agribusiness corporations peddle a deadly scam

Posted on May 18, 2021

Big polluters are making ‘net zero’ pledges to satisfy the financial players that fund them. So-called ‘nature-based solutions’ are at the core of these pledges –a new corporate brand for offsets.

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Corporate enthusiasm for forest protection and tree planting driven by determination to protect profits from fossil fuel extraction

Posted on May 18, 2021

These companies have destroyed large territories and the devastation that comes with their fossil fuel extraction continues. Now, they are putting forest protection and tree planting at the heart of their climate strategies

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‘Nature-based Solutions’ and Corporate Territorial Control: A Fabricated Consensus

Posted on May 18, 2021

The mining sector seeks to gain legitimacy and expand its frontiers of accumulation and territorial control. It does so using a discourse of sustainability and by investing in so-called “nature-based solutions.

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Brazil: The Impacts of Nature-based Exclusions on Women’s Bodies-Territories

Posted on May 18, 2021

This text shares reflections that emerged from our discussions with women impacted by Green Economy projects in Brazil.

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Attack of the Space Cadets. Offworld Colonies, Racist Repression and ‘Nature-Based Solutions’

Posted on May 18, 2021

For the world’s richest men, the environmental crisis has finally arrived. From fleeing into outer space or fantasylands to science-fiction solutions, capitalists desperately seek fossil-fuelled business as usual to continue.

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“Attacks on Forest-Dependent Communities in Indonesia and Resistance Stories” A Compilation of Bulletin Articles.

Posted on May 17, 2021

The WRM has compiled articles in Bahasa Indonesian and in English in order to expose the many processes of corporate control that are...

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European development banks shamefully indifferent to violence and killings at industrial oil palm plantations in the DRC they have been financing for years

Posted on May 17, 2021

Another two young men have been killed at the industrial oil palm plantations of Plantations et Huileries du Congo (PHC). European...

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Toxic river: the fight to reclaim water from oil palm plantations in Indonesia

Posted on May 17, 2021

The booming demand for palm oil has come at the high price of rainforest destruction, labour exploitation, and brutal land and water...

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RDC: Entretien avec Mme Augin Nolofana, la maman d’un jeune villageois de Mwingi, qui aurait été tué par les agents de la société PHC/KKM

Posted on May 11, 2021

Available only in French.

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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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(Bahasa Indonesia) Video: Katakan TIDAK untuk kekerasan terhadap perempuan tinggal sekitar perkebunan kelapa sawit

Posted on Mar 6, 2021

Video tersebut merupakan produksi bersama dengan Alliance of grassroots groups (Aliansi kelompok akar rumput) dan para aktivis dari...

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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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