World Rainforest Movement

Forests and Biodiversity, Health and Food Sovereignty

Tropical forests contain 60% of the world´s biodiversity; they guarantee the health of forest communities relying on traditional health care methods based on the forests biodiversity of plants and animals, but they also fulfill a series of functions, like the equilibrium of the climate, fundamental for the maintenance of life of the planet and for humanity. Shifting cultivation systems, used and refined for many generations, and thus resulting in agroforestry systems that do not put at risk the survival of the forest are an important pillar of food sovereignty for forest communities. Direct drivers of deforestation like mining, oil extraction and industrial tree plantations therefore directly impact the biodiversity and the health and food sovereignty of forest peoples.


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  • But, where is the water?

    Posted on March 21, 2016

    On the 21st of March, International Day of the Forests, the FAO has launched another nice video. This year the video is about forests and water. Did you notice the video does not include any monoculture tree plantations, even though FAO...

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  • Disputed Territory. The green economy versus community-based economies

    Posted on December 11, 2012

      Produced by the World Rainforest Movement Interviews: Winnie Overbeek Camera and Edition: Flavio Pazos. A story of the peoples of the Atlantic Forest in southern Brazil. In Brazil, the Atlantic Forest, which covered the...

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  • Forests. Much more than a lot of trees

    Posted on November 29, 2011

    Produced by the World Rainforest Movement Directed by Flavio Pazos The United Nations declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests You may have already heard that the livelihoods of over 1.6 billion people depend on forests, that...

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  • Short animation – Let’s define forests by their true meaning

    Posted on February 16, 2011

    Also available in: Afrikaans, Aymara, Catala, Chinese, Dutch, Finish, German, Bosnian, Italian, Maori, Mapuche, Maya Kaqchikel, Maya Popti, Maya Tseltal, Maya Tsotsil, Swedish, Vietnamese and Zulu Following FAO’s criterion for the...

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  • Defend Life!

    Posted on September 11, 2009

    Animation about the differences to local people between a forest and a tree plantation. Produced by the World Rainforest Movement Created by Flavio Pazos If you have troubles watching the video, try using Chrome You can download the...

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