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.


Articles from the WRM Bulletin

Books and Briefings

  • How REDD+ projects undermine peasant farming and real solutions to climate change

    Posted on October 29, 2015

    A new joint publication by GRAIN and the World Rainforest Movement (WRM) looks at the dangers for peasant communities from one of the main carbon market mechanisms on the table at the upcoming UN summit on climate change in...

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  • Masking the Destruction: REDD+ in the Peruvian Amazon

    Posted on November 22, 2013

    By Joanna Cabello, World Rainforest Movement Document published in “Leyes, políticas y economía verde al servicio del despojo de los pueblos” (Laws, policies and green economy at the expense of communities dispossession)...

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  • 10 things communities should know about REDD

    Posted on January 11, 2013

    The main goal of this booklet is to inform communities about the serious problems that a REDD project can cause for the people involved. WRM has visited a number of these communities over the past few years. All of them,...

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  • Forest definition

    Posted on November 10, 2011

    When we talk about “the definition of forest”, what is perhaps most striking is the fact that, although there are many definitions of the word “forest” in different parts of the world, there is one definition viewed as more...

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  • REDD in the Congo Basin

    Posted on December 11, 2010

    The forest of the Congo Basin expands over an area of continuous tropical rainforest cover only second to that of the Amazon forest. The region’s forests are found in Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Gabon,...

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  • Indigenous Peoples. Their forests, struggles and rights

    Posted on December 18, 2005

    By the World Rainforest Movement This book gathers articles published in the monthly electronic bulletin of the World Rainforest Movement (WRM) regarding indigenous peoples and their struggles in defence of the forest. These peoples are...

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  • Community Forests. Equity, use and conservation

    Posted on June 8, 2004

    As we all know, the conservation of the world’s forests requires the adoption of a series of measures to change the current model of destruction, among which the empowerment of local communities to manage their own forests. In most of...

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  • Mangroves: Local livelihoods vs. corporate profits

    Posted on December 9, 2002

    Generally speaking, public perception regarding tropical forests rarely includes mangrove forests, in spite of the fact that this type of ecosystem is found exclusively in tropical and subtropical regions of the planet. Clearly, their...

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  • Africa: Forests under threat

    Posted on August 9, 2002

    This book gathers a selection of articles published in the monthly electronic bulletin of the World Rainforest Movement (WRM), addressing the issue of the processes leading to the destruction of African forests and the struggles developed...

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Meetings and Events


Other Relevant Information



  • 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 country’s...

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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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