World Rainforest Movement

Local struggles for the Forests

Forest peoples around the world are resisting and struggling against different threats to their survival, both forest destructive projects (like mining, oil extraction, industrial plantations, etc.) but also those with a preservation character (REDD+ projects, national parks, protected areas, etc.). One of the main reasons for and at the same time one of the key issues in these struggles is the fact that in most of the tropical forest countries worldwide, customary land rights of forest peoples are ignored by the state and corporations. Lacking legal land titles, their existing customary rights are violated regularly where forests are destroyed.


Articles from the WRM Bulletin

Books and Briefings

  • India: Compensating for Forest Loss or Advancing Forest Destruction?

    Posted on September 2, 2019

    This study looks at how Compensatory Afforestation is accelerating both, the destruction of forests in India by big corporations and the appropriation of community land for the supposed compensation.

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  • Booklet: 12 Tactics Palm Oil Companies Use to Grab Community Land

    Posted on April 4, 2019

    The booklet “Promise, Divide, Intimidate and Coerce: 12 tactics palm oil companies use to grab community land” aims to support communities who want to strengthen their resistance and better prepare themselves to stop corporations from establishing on their lands.

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  • Impacts of Large Scale Oil Palm Plantations on Women

    Posted on August 20, 2018

    A Collection of Articles Published in the WRM Bulletin on the issue of Resistance, Women and the Impacts of Plantations.

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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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  • 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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  • Protected Areas. Protected Against Whom?

    Posted on January 8, 2004

    by Oilwatch and World Rainforest Movement. This publication has been jointly produced by Oilwatch and the World Rainforest Movement for dissemination at the Seventh Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity which...

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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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  • International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

    Posted on August 11, 2005

    By the World Rainforest Movement. August 9 has been declared as International Day of the World’s Indigenous People. On this date, the WRM wishes to express its full support to the numerous indigenous peoples around the world that are...

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  • Declaration: The Mumbai – Porto Alegre Forest Initiative

    Posted on February 1, 2005

    Background A number of participants at the World Social Forum 2004 met in Mumbai and believing that forest issues are in essence social and political and that forest communities are increasingly affected by globalization –and new...

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