World Rainforest Movement

Local Struggles Against Plantations

The expansion of large-scale tree monoculture plantations give rise to intense conflicts with local communities because of the broad range of negative impacts these plantations have on local communities. One of the main reasons for communities to struggle against plantations is the loss of the territory on which they depend, often including forest areas, but also savannah and natural grassland areas.


Articles from the WRM Bulletin

Books and Briefings


Other Relevant Information


  • Impacts of monoculture tree plantations

    Posted on September 27, 2019

    Testimonies from the meeting “Threats and Impacts of Genetically Engineered Trees (GE-trees) Monoculture”, that took place in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in April 2019.

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  • What are GE-trees?

    Posted on September 27, 2019

    Anne Petermann, coordinator of the global Stop GE-Trees Campaign, explains what Genetically Engineered trees are, the risks, uncertainties and context.

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  • Plantations Are Not Forests – Testimonies from Acre, Brazil

    Posted on September 27, 2019

    Dercy Teles, from the rubber tapper movement, and Lindomar Padilha, from Conselho Indigenista Missionário (CIMI) – Acre, explain why monoculture tree plantations are not forests.

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  • Video: Testimonies of Resistance – 21 September

    Posted on September 17, 2019

    Three testimonies of resistance from Brasil, 2019.

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  • 21 September | Videos: Plantations are not forests!!

    Posted on September 10, 2017

    WRM releases five short videos which shows why industrial tree plantations are not forests. The first one is about the impacts of large-scale tree plantations in general. The other remaining four focus on specific topics: oil palm...

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  • Oil Palm in Africa. Voices from the communities

    Posted on September 13, 2013

    Industrial oil palm plantations are rapidly expanding, not only in Liberia. In many African countries expansion projects are happening and plans are announced. Everywhere they go, the companies promise jobs and development. Produced by the...

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  • Bajo Aguán, Cry for the Land

    Posted on January 11, 2013

    Lower Aguan river valley, the clamor for land from ALBASUD on Vimeo. Produced by Alba Sud and Rel-UITA, with the collaboration of the World Rainforest Movement (WRM), FIAN International and the Coordinating Committee of Popular...

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  • Women and Climate Change

    Posted on December 29, 2010

    Produced by Gender CC, Women for Climate Justice , with the support of the WRM International Secretariat Directed by Flavio Pazos Voice: Lori Nordstrom Based on the work of: Ana Filippini – WRM Andrea Guzmán – CENPROTAC,...

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  • Ninguem come eucalipto. Em Moçambique também não

    Posted on January 11, 2010

    Only available in Portuguese Produzido pelo Movimento Mundial pelas Florestas Tropicais Realizado por Flavio Pazos Voz: Manuela Capurro Música: Ohawha, de Zena Bacar Com base em uma viagem de intercâmbio a Moçambique de dois...

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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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  • Women raise their voices against tree plantations. Testimonies from Brazil, Nigeria and Papua New Guinea

    Posted on March 11, 2009

    By the World Rainforest Movement and Forest and Biodiversity Program of Friends of the Earth International Screenplay: Flavio Pazos Script: WRM International Secretariat Team Voices: Cecilia Carrère, Ana Filippini, Raquel Nuñez, Teresa...

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