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.

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  • International Day of Struggle Against Monoculture Tree Plantations 2020

    Posted on September 9, 2020

    It is a day for organizations, networks and movements to celebrate resistance and raise their voices to demand, “Stop the Expansion of Monoculture Tree Plantations!”

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  • Resistance to UPM in Uruguay

    Posted on February 26, 2020

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  • Community struggles against oil palm company Feronia-PHC in the DR Congo

    Posted on October 15, 2019

    In 2009, the global food corporation Unilever sold its palm oil subsidiary Plantations et huileries du Congo (PHC) to Feronia, a company listed on the Toronto stock exchange. European development banks are major funders and shareholders of...

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  • Brazil: Open Letter Against Tree Monocultures

    Posted on September 27, 2019

    A threat spreads across our territories. Under the misleading name of “reforestation”, which sounds quite nice, huge plantations of exotic – and even genetically engineered – trees have been set up in Brazil by transnational corporations. True “green deserts” lead to the extinction of countless species of our fauna and flora and changed the fundamental characteristics of our incredible natural and cultural landscapes, with clear social and environmental impacts, threatening the traditional ways of life of peoples and communities.

    As the first country in Latin America to deregulate a genetically engineered tree (a eucalyptus species) and with a favorable political environment, Brazil has become a reference for transnational companies to carry out their projects. Precisely for this reason, the World Congress of IUFRO – International Union of Forest Research Organizations – will be held in Brazil, between September 29th and October 5th, in Curitiba, Paraná. We reject this corporate event, where false solutions and new ways to increase corporate profits will be discussed, at the expense of the commons.

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  • International Day of Struggle Against Monoculture Tree Plantations 2019

    Posted on September 13, 2019

    September 21, the International Day of Struggle Against Monoculture Tree Plantations, is a day for organizations, networks and movements to celebrate resistance and raise their voices to demand, “Stop the Expansion of Monoculture Tree...

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  • Educating FAO: an urgent need! | March 21st 2019 – International Day of Forests

    Posted on March 18, 2019

    FAO , chose Forests and Education as the theme for 2019 and underlines the importance of investing in forest education. But what does FAO mean by “forest education”?

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  • Sign the statement! RSPO: 14 years failing to eliminate violence and destruction from the industrial palm oil sector

    Posted on November 7, 2018

    We invite organizations to sign on and support the statement, which denounces that the RSPO, since it was created 14 years ago, has been a tool that served the corporate interests of the oil palm sector

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  • Justice for Berta Cáceres and COPINH

    Posted on March 5, 2016

    Berta Cáceres, coordinator of the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), was murdered on March 2, 2016. Organizations around the world rose up in protest in Berta’s name. She is yet another victim...

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  • International Day of Struggle against Monoculture Tree Plantations 2015

    Posted on September 17, 2015

    On September 21st we celebrate the International Day of Struggle against Tree Monocultures. This date, that was launched in 2004, in Brazil, by the Alert against the Green Desert Network, serves to create a special moment in the year to...

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  • International Day of Struggle against Monoculture Tree Plantations 2012

    Posted on September 1, 2012

    September 21, the International Day Against Monoculture Tree Plantations, is a day for our organizations, networks and movements to celebrateresistance and raise our voices to demand, Stop the Expansion of Monoculture Tree Plantations!...

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  • International Day of Struggle Against Monoculture Tree Plantations 2010

    Posted on September 21, 2010

    September 21, the International Day of Struggle Against Monoculture Tree Plantations, is a day for organizations, networks and movements to celebrate resistance and raise their voices to demand, “Stop the Expansion of Monoculture Tree...

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  • International Day of Struggle Against Monoculture Tree Plantations 2009

    Posted on August 21, 2009

    September 21, the International Day of Struggle Against Monoculture Tree Plantations, is a day for organizations, networks and movements to celebrate resistance and raise their voices to demand, “Stop the Expansion of Monoculture Tree...

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  • International Day of Struggle Against Monoculture Tree Plantations 2008

    Posted on September 21, 2008

    September 21, the International Day of Struggle Against Monoculture Tree Plantations, is a day for organizations, networks and movements to celebrate resistance and raise their voices to demand, “Stop the Expansion of Monoculture Tree...

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  • 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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