World Rainforest Movement

The Conservation Industry’s Agenda in Times of Crisis

Posted on May 14, 2020

The environmental, climatic and social crisis has been a reality for many for a long time. Yet, rather than acknowledging their contribution to this crisis, corporations and allies use the pandemic to amplify their push to expand Protected Areas, presenting it as a “global solution”.

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Who Protects Protected Areas and Why?

Posted on May 14, 2020

The conservation industry’s plan to double the size of Protected Areas (PAs) is supposed to be the solution to biodiversity loss, climate change, and now even COVID-19! Although PAs will solve none of these, if the conservation industry keeps repeating a big lie, people will eventually come to believe it.

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Nepal: A False Solution for the Conservation of Chure Region and its Impacts for Forest Peoples

Posted on May 14, 2020

When the Chure region was declared a Protected Area, the rights of thousands of Community Forest Groups were undermined. They keep resisting despite the overall violence and the accepted project from the Green Climate Fund.

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Democratic Republic of the Congo: The Batwa and their Return to Ancestral Lands in the Kahuzi Biega National Park

Posted on May 14, 2020

A group of riparian Batwa people, exasperated by the extreme poverty following their eviction in order to establish the Kahuzi Biega National Park, decided to return to their ancestral forests. Since then, they regularly clash with the “eco-guards,” sometimes leading to the loss of human lives.

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Indonesia: What is an Ecosystem Restoration Concession?

Posted on May 14, 2020

Back in 2004, conservation NGOs and the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry pioneered with a model called Ecosystem Restoration Concessions. This article takes a closer look at this model in the context of new and old threats to forests, and the global push for “forest restoration”.

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Brazil: Plantation Company Suzano Covers Up its Devastating Impacts with Claims of “Conservation”

Posted on May 14, 2020

A key tactic for the giant pulp producer, Suzano S.A, to keep expanding its industrial eucalyptus plantations in Brazil, is to market itself as a company that practices “conservation” and “restoration.” This conceals its disastrous track record related to forest and forest-dwelling populations.

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Patriarchies in the Forests in India: Communities in Peril

Posted on May 14, 2020

The inter-dependencies in and among communities with their life spaces and practices sheds light to the conservation practices of forest communities. And within these interdependencies lie the stories of women.

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Panama: Other Perspectives on “Doing Conservation”

Posted on May 14, 2020

The indigenous Ngäbe-Buglé people had to endure brutal repression to avoid the onslaught on their territories. They managed to get the Government to ban mining and hydroelectric dams in their territory. However, another intense onslaught came from conservationist NGOs.

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Mozambique: Letter-Response to Portucel and ORAM

Posted on May 14, 2020

In response to an article that was published in WRM’s bulletin, Missão Tabita and WRM received letters from the plantation company, Portucel, and the organization, ORAM. The letters claimed that the article was untrue; however, neither Portucel nor ORAM could prove that the information published was not true.

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Land conflicts between plantation company SOCFIN and communities in Sierra Leone

Posted on May 13, 2020

Civil society organizations welcomed a Technical Committee report set up by the government of Sierra Leone to look into a legal dispute...

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International appeal to stop violence against the peoples in Colombia

Posted on May 13, 2020

Different national and international movements, organizations and networks condemn and vigorously denounce the systematic and selective...

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Legalising land theft in Brazil while the focus is on Covid-19

Posted on May 13, 2020

While most media is focusing on the Covid-19 crisis, new land laws in Brazil stand to usher an unprecedented dispossession of rural land...

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How have Asian Governments responded to the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Posted on May 13, 2020

In the opening article for the Focus on the Global South newsletter, Shalmali Guttal alerts on how lockdowns in Pakistan, India, Thailand,...

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An activist resource pack in front of the pandemic

Posted on May 13, 2020

The African women network against resource extraction (WOMIN) has compiled useful information for activists confronting the measures...

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The Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST) plant 1,000 trees in an encampment in Paraná, Brazil

Posted on May 13, 2020

500 native trees and 500 fruit trees were planted at the Maila Sabrina camp, during the closing of the Training Course for Pedagogical...

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2020: More Agreements to Increase Deforestation

Posted on Mar 6, 2020

This editorial aims to raise a high alert with regard to the corporate agendas that dominate international forest-related processes, which appear to be entering new phases. The decisions taken have very real impacts on forest communities.

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Ghana: Eucalyptus plantations for producing energy

Posted on Mar 6, 2020

The Norwegian company APSD is establishing industrial eucalyptus plantations in Ghana for biomass fuel, which is considered a “carbon neutral” fuel. The Youth Volunteers for the Environment in Ghana spoke with communities affected by these plantations.

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Driving “Carbon Neutral”: Shell’s Restoration and Conservation Project in Indonesia

Posted on Mar 6, 2020

Oil multinational Shell claims that it is possible that consumers drive “carbon neutral”, simply by paying extra for offsetting their emissions – planting trees or investing in existing forest areas elsewhere. But what is happening in those areas elsewhere?

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Gabon: Communities Facing OLAM’s “Zero Deforestation” Pledges

Posted on Mar 6, 2020

What are the experiences of communities living inside or adjacent to the plantation areas of companies with “zero deforestation” pledges? How can these companies continue expanding without deforesting in densely forested countries?

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Smurfit Kappa in Colombia: Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Posted on Mar 5, 2020

After more than 50 years of struggle by peasant communities who have faced all kinds of environmental and social destruction, the highest court of Cauca Valley has ruled against the industrial plantation company, Smurfit Kappa Cartón Colombia.

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From Tanzania: Promoting Monoculture Tree Plantations for Firewood is a False Argument

Posted on Mar 5, 2020

Plantation companies often argue that local populations are destroying the forests, particularly where people depend on firewood and/or charcoal for their energy needs. Thus, they argue, industrial plantations can “sustainably” provide this wood. But this is simply not true.

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The Agrochemical Used on Tree Monocultures that Pollutes Forever

Posted on Mar 5, 2020

One of the latent dangers that comes with the establishment of monoculture plantations—which is generally invisible—is the high use of agrochemicals. Agrochemicals support profits for plantation companies and their financiers, while poisoning life.

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Women, Territories and Land Ownership. Reflections from Women in Mexico on Why We Want Land

Posted on Mar 5, 2020

Women’s struggle for full and dignified recognition of their lives and territories starts with not allowing the extractive model to progress. However, it must be resolved by the need for women to be able to make decisions to strengthen collective political control.

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Bioenergy in West Africa: Impacts on Women and Forests

Posted on Mar 5, 2020

The September 2019 Forest Cover newsletter from the Global Forest Coalition focuses on the bioenergy developments and use in West Africa...

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A People’s Climate Report: Voices from India

Posted on Mar 5, 2020

The People’s Climate Report, from the People’s Climate Network, is designed to offer a perspective on climate change from the bottom...

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Uruguay: The fraudulent campaign of the Finnish multinational UPM is unmasked

Posted on Mar 5, 2020

Social organizations from Uruguay, Finland and other countries, together with well-known professionals, presented the results of scientific...

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UK must prosecute British companies violating human rights in Liberia

Posted on Mar 5, 2020

The NGO Traidcraft Exchange released a report on January 2020 focused on the Equatorial Palm Oil, which is listed on the Alternative...

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Dutch bank ING accused of contributing to palm oil plantation companies abuses

Posted on Mar 5, 2020

On January 2020, the Dutch National Contact Point for the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) declared a complaint...

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How the Language of Domination Drives Deforestation

Posted on Jan 13, 2020

The contradictions between the ideals of concepts that originate from within international policy arenas and their implications for forests and forest peoples are clearly evident.

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An (incomplete) List of Concepts that Kill Forests

Posted on Jan 13, 2020

Language is never neutral. Certain concepts have historically been used to dominate people and territories. This article highlights concepts that are usually presented in a positive light but that actually serve economic interests that harm forests and communities.

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“The National Interest”: Neofascism in the Amazon Rainforest

Posted on Jan 13, 2020

While it was easy to see the smoke from the forest fires in Brazil, it was much harder to see what was behind the Brazilian government’s smokescreen: actions that will lead the rainforest to a swift death, destroying territories, livelihoods and the diverse cultures.

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Portucel in Mozambique: The Reality Behind the Discourse of “Sustainable Plantations”

Posted on Jan 13, 2020

The company, Portucel, considers its thousands of hectares of plantations in Mozambique to be “sustainable,” despite serious problems and conflicts with and among local communities.

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India: Women, Commons and Patriarchy

Posted on Jan 13, 2020

A feminist view on Commons reveals that accumulation opposes the basic principles of sharing and sustaining: receiving from nature’s abundance is done by ensuring that needs (and not wants or greed) define the extent of extraction.

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Blockchain and Smart Contracts: Capital’s Latest Attempts to Seize Life on Earth

Posted on Jan 13, 2020

The control of genetic resources (non-human living organisms that humans can make use of) through property rights has caused a massive theft of forest peoples’ knowledge. A project called the Earth Bank of Codes aims for a global seizure of life for capital accumulation.

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Climatology / Ideology

Posted on Jan 13, 2020

Climatology’s understanding of climate is extremely biased and exclusionary, and is only one particular view. Building better alliances around climate action means recognizing that there are ongoing conflicts and tensions among different conceptions of what climate is.

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New name for old distraction: Nature-Based Solutions is the new REDD

Posted on Jan 13, 2020

The UN and conservation industry discourse and propaganda over REDD+ changed to a new forest conservation fad at the UN climate negotiations in December: Nature-Based-Solutions. Another false solution that distracts from the urgent task to keep fossil fuels in the ground.

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The Development Dictionary

Posted on Jan 13, 2020

This 1992 book, edited by Wolfgang Sachs, compiles more than 15 key concepts that served as a basis for, and a way to expand, destructive...

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Traps, Dilemmas and Contradictions of the Rights Discourse in the Forests

Posted on Jan 13, 2020

Another reflection around a key concept for forests and forest-dependant people is the WRM’s Bulletin 234, from November 2017, which...

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Nature-Based Solutions: Whose interests are behind?

Posted on Jan 13, 2020

A post from the REDD-Monitor blog opens up the space for a needed debate about the politics surrounding so-called nature-based or natural...

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FSC: Rebranding logging as a “sustainable” activity

Posted on Jan 13, 2020

ARTE, the European TV channel, broadcasted a documentary about FSC entitled: “The exploitation of primary forests: Can an ecolabel stop...

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Regulated Destruction: How Biodiversity Offsetting enables environmental destruction

Posted on Jan 13, 2020

A recent report by Friends of the Earth International highlights how classic, stringent regulations are being swapped for much more lenient...

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Statement from Indigenous Mapuche and others in Chile: No to market-based schemes!

Posted on Jan 13, 2020

Chile was to be the host of the UN Climate Summit. But in the face of a massive popular uprising against the neoliberal economic model,...

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A Green Transition or an Expansion of Extraction?

Posted on Nov 25, 2019

This bulletin highlights threats involved in the so-called “energy transition,” and exposes its dirty secret of exponential expansion of mining in the global South as a consequence of the massive demand for “green” energy.

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“Forest-Smart Mining”: The World Bank’s Strategy to Greenwash Destruction from Mining in Forests

Posted on Nov 25, 2019

An oxymoron describes “a statement that seems to say two opposite things.” The World Bank has a lot of experience with oxymoronic initiatives.

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Women, Forests and Extractive Industries: The Case of the Mikea Indigenous Women in Madagascar

Posted on Nov 25, 2019

Australian company Base Resources was allowed to destroy the Mikea Forest as long as it established an offset project, which, in turn, would impose far-reaching restrictions on communities to access their land and forests.

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Brazil: Hydro Alunorte’s Alumina Tailings Dam. A Disaster Foreshadowed

Posted on Nov 25, 2019

The growth of mineral extraction and metallurgical production, along with the consequent proliferation of toxic waste tailings dams, has occurred at the same rate as the emptying and bursting of tailings dams in several parts of the world.

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India: Mining, Deforestation and Conservation Money

Posted on Nov 25, 2019

The money that the Indian Government collects from companies destroying forests, such as mining companies, is being used to harass, persecute and evict people from the so-called Protected Areas, such as the Tiger Reserves, National Parks and Wild Life Sanctuaries.

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Contesting a “Blue” Pacific: Ocean and Coastal Territories under Siege

Posted on Nov 25, 2019

Governments and transnational corporations backed up by multilateral financial institutions, together with Pacific Island nations, are racing to divide up the ocean under the narratives of so-called sustainable Blue Economy and Blue Growth, to justify its exploitation.

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Oil, Forests and Climate Change

Posted on Nov 25, 2019

Oil is a driving force behind climate change, the globalized unequal trade and the new landscapes of colonization. Yet, oil frontiers have multiplied and economies remain deeply petroleum-dependent, albeit concealed behind a “green” cloak.

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The European Union Continues to Chase After Raw Materials

Posted on Nov 25, 2019

The European Union’s policy pursues growth at any price. “Green” technologies require an increasing amount and variety of metals and minerals. Millions of public funds flow every year from the European Investment Bank to mining projects—under the cloak of “development.”

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Cuidanderas: Guardians of the Amazon

Posted on Nov 25, 2019

CUIDANDERAS is a mini-series from the Urgent Action Fund for Latin America and the Caribbean (UAF-LAC). It presents stories of Latin...

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“Sexy killers”: Coal extraction in Indonesia

Posted on Nov 25, 2019

Directed by Dandhy Dwi Laksono and Ucok Suparta, “Sexy Killers” is a 2019 Indonesian documentary film that portrays the coal mining...

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Chocked by coal: The carbon catastrophe in Bangladesh

Posted on Nov 25, 2019

Published by Market Forces and 350.org, and co-published by Bangladesh Poribesh Andolan (BAPA), Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB)...

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The Black Snake of Peru’s Amazon: The Northern Peruvian pipeline

Posted on Nov 25, 2019

Since 1979, more than 100 oil spills have occurred along the North Peruvian pipeline – a mega construction, stretching a massive 1,106 km...

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Four Years Later: International Condemnation of Brazil for Tailings Dam Break

Posted on Nov 25, 2019

Four years after the collapse of Samarco’s tailings dam in Mariana, organizations and movements presented a case before the...

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Just(ice) transition is a post-extractivist transition

Posted on Nov 25, 2019

This recent publication from War on Want and London Mining Network highlights the immediate need for a full and rapid transition away from...

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Adding Fuel to the Fire

Posted on Sep 30, 2019

“Shock” is a common reaction when a crisis emerges… or when it comes to light. However, it also provides a convenient smoke screen for governments, financial institutions and companies behind which they can hide their own role in and responsibility for the current crises in the forests.

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OLAM Palm Gabon pretends to use the Forest Definition to implement its ‘Zero Deforestation’ pledge

Posted on Sep 30, 2019

The Singapore-based OLAM company has secured access to 500 thousand hectares of land in Gabon to set up large-scale oil palm plantations, a country with 85% of forest coverage. How can OLAM then claim to follow a “zero deforestation” commitment?

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Dynamics and Processes of Change in the Peruvian Amazon: Learning from the Kechwa-Lamas Peoples

Posted on Sep 30, 2019

The government claims that small-scale agriculture is responsible for deforestation. But this claim ignores government policies that drive land-use changes and destructive markets as well as the exclusion of indigenous peoples through the creation of reserves.

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Indonesia: Violence against Women Workers in Oil Palm Plantations

Posted on Sep 30, 2019

Exploitative working conditions in the oil palm plantations’ industry in Indonesia are persistent and the main victims are mostly women. Although this situation is often overlooked, the production process of the world’s largest producer of palm oil is strongly influenced by its existence.

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Kekerasan Terhadap Buruh Perempuan di Perkebunan Sawit Indonesia

Posted on Sep 30, 2019

(English, Español, Português, Français) Cerita sukses Indonesia sebagai produsen terbesar sawit dunia dengan perhitungan keuntungan...

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Indigenous Peoples Face Difficulties Accessing Justice on Land Matters in Cameroon

Posted on Sep 30, 2019

Indigenous peoples in Cameroon are not only seeing their lands threatened due to strong pressure from corporate and state investors, but they also face a discriminatory justice system that blames and criminalizes them.

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REDD+: A Scheme Rotten at the Core

Posted on Sep 30, 2019

REDD+ has shown to be a big failure for the climate, the forests and forest peoples, but many international agencies and governments continue to support it. This article takes a look at its inability to halt deforestation and the fundamental flaws of its main initiatives.

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Mekong: Rubber Fever Strikes Again

Posted on Sep 30, 2019

The industrial production of natural rubber has always been synonymous with destruction and exploitation. About 70% is used to manufacture tires. As the use of cars, trucks and airplanes increases, the use of rubber will also increase. And this does not come without controversy.

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Mapuche Lavkenche Women’s Resistance to the Chilean Forestry Model

Posted on Sep 30, 2019

The Network of Women’s Organizations of Tirúa, in south central Chile, is deploying strategies for life to prevail in this region. This territory has been threatened by the massive invasion of tree plantations, which state policies continue to promote.

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Violent altercations at the Kahuzi Biega National Park, DRC, must stop!

Posted on Sep 30, 2019

The Centre for accompanying Pygmy Autochthones peoples and Vulnerable Minorities (CAMV, for its French acronym) alerts on the disturbing...

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Statement against the second UPM pulp mill in Uruguay

Posted on Sep 30, 2019

At the end of July 2019, UPM confirmed that it will install a second pulp mill in Uruguay. This megaproject will produce up to 2.33 million...

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Chile: Territorial voices on the mega-expansion of Celulosa Arauco

Posted on Sep 30, 2019

The campaign, “Territorial Voices on the MAPA Project: Testimonies about the mega-expansion of Celulosa Arauco,” seeks to shine a light...

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Documentary that accuses Veracel Celulose of bribery, land appropriation and violence is screened for the second time in Finland

Posted on Sep 30, 2019

TV Yle, Finland’s national public broadcasting channel, has produced a documentary about the participation of Stora Enso, a...

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Africa: The RSPO certification for palm oil plantations is greenwash!

Posted on Sep 30, 2019

RSPO is the most widely used voluntary certification system for palm oil companies and it hold its 3rd African Sustainable Palm Oil...

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Trees to Solve the World’s Problems? From Genetically Engineered Trees for the Bioeconomy – to the Trillion Tree Proposal and Business for Nature

Posted on Sep 30, 2019

This report -by Anne Petermann and Orin Langelle, Global Justice Ecology Project- examines events and research publicized between 23 June...

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Infrastructure and Extraction: A Host of Deforestation

Posted on Jul 15, 2019

It is impossible to think about extraction without thinking about a vast network of accompanying infrastructure, and thus even greater deforestation and destruction.

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Ever More Extreme Infrastructure

Posted on Jul 15, 2019

We live in an age of ever more “extreme infrastructure.” The construction of roads, railway lines and other infrastructure linking production and resource extraction centres with major consumer areas is tied to profoundly undemocratic forms of elitist planning.

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The Amazon Waterway in Peru vs. Flowing Rivers

Posted on Jul 15, 2019

The Waterway aims to connect the Amazon to the world. But that argument is based on the idea that we are disconnected in the Amazon. That is not true. What it really wants to do is place the Amazon in service of capital, razing peoples.

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Indonesia. The Gloomy Truth Behind Geothermal Energy: A misleading Narrative of “Clean Energy”

Posted on Jul 15, 2019

“If our land, water sources, air and livelihoods are being destroyed by geothermal exploration and exploitation, how can this energy be called “clean”? “Clean” for whom?”

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Women Stand Up to Fight the Suzano Paper Mill in Maranhão, Brazil

Posted on Jul 15, 2019

The construction of the Suzano Pulp and Paper mill—along with nearby highways, the constant transport of wood, and the massive influx of workers—has brought a lot of devastation to communities. This is the testimony of an activist who is fighting for the territory.

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Infrastructure in Africa for Extractive Industries and Corporate Profits: What about Community Needs?

Posted on Jul 15, 2019

The mega-infrastructure corridors prioritized in ambitious investment programmes spanning the african continent are squarely focused on facilitating the export of minerals and agricultural commodity crops and the import of processed foods and manufactured goods.

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Uruguay Goes into Debt with Million-Dollar Infrastructure at the Service of a Multinational Pulp Company

Posted on Jul 15, 2019

As a condition to install its second pulp mill, the company UPM demanded that the Uruguayan state build a new railroad from the site where UPM plans to locate its mill to the port. The government would cover the costs of these infrastructure projects at the service of UPM.

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Infrastructure From and For Forest Communities: The MicroHydro Power in Long Liam, Sarawak

Posted on Jul 15, 2019

After the cancellation of the Baram mega-dam in 2016, the villagers of Long Liam, who were among the thousands opposing the construction of a mega dam, joined forces to install the very much needed power source in their community.

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Brazil: The Struggle of the Xinguara Peoples in the Amazon

Posted on Jul 15, 2019

The fight against the Belo Monte Hydroelectric Dam is still alive; but peoples of the territory have to deal with the denial of their basic rights, the increase in violence in the city and countryside.

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China: Villagers sue a timber company and a local government for drying up their water sources

Posted on Jul 15, 2019

In a context of a thriving eucalyptus plantations industry in China, around 150 Yong’an residents are suing both Guangxi Lee & Man...

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The Amazon: Roads and Highways are Hubs of Deforestation

Posted on Jul 15, 2019

The study, “Amazonía en la encrucijada” (“The Amazon at the Crossroads”), by the Amazon Geo-Referenced Socio-Environmental...

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Clean Energy? Dams that Destroy in Guatemala

Posted on Jul 15, 2019

In the Yich K’isis region of Guatemala, the construction of three hydroelectric dams has been planned: Pojom I, Pojom II and San Andrés....

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How the rich and powerful hijack resistance victories

Posted on Jul 15, 2019

Under the ISDS (investor-state dispute settlement) parallel justice system for corporations and the rich, companies can sue countries when...

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Dam displacements in Malaysia: gender insights

Posted on Jul 15, 2019

A paper from researcher Carol Yong critically reviews issues of dam-induced displacement and resettlement of indigenous communities in...

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WRM Bulletin “Voices from the ground: communities in movement and resistance strategies” in Swahili

Posted on Jul 15, 2019

Despite the many profound damages that industries cause in the world’s forests, they also cause something else to emerge: the strong and...

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(Swahili) Jinsi ya Kuimarisha Mavuguvugu ya Upinzani?

Posted on Jul 1, 2019

Ni ukweli usiopingika kuwa misitu ya asili inaharibiwa sana kwa kiwango cha kasi sana. Ekari nyingi sana maelfu kwa maelfu zinaharibiwa...

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(Swahili) Brazili: Mimi ni Kum’tum, Ninatokea Jamii ya Watu wa Akroá-Gamela

Posted on Jul 1, 2019

Kwa mujibu wa ramani na taarifa za karne ya 18, watu wa jamii ya Gamela, kama walivyoitwa na Wareno waliishi katika eneo linaloitwa...

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(Swahili) Wanakijiji nchini Sierra Leone wanatafakari juu ya hatma yao ya baadaye baada ya kushinda na kuipata tena ardhi yao toka kwa kampuni ya mafuta ya mawese

Posted on Jul 1, 2019

Wanakijiji katika Wilaya ya Port Loko, nchini Sierra Leone wanashangilia. Hii ni baada ya mapambano ya zaidi ya mwongo mmoja dhidi ya...

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(Swahili) Kuuhuisha Ustawi: Vijiji vya Kochi taluka, nchini India, wanapinga uchimbaji wa madini na wanafungua nafasi kwa ajili ya uongozi binafsi (1)

Posted on Jul 1, 2019

Mikutano ya vijiji (Kwa Kihindi: Gram Sabhas) huko Korchi taluka, wilaya ya Gadchiroli, jimbo la Maharashtra, India, pamoja na upinzani wa...

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(Swahili) Upinzani wa Wanawake Walinzi wa Maeneo kwa Tasnia ya Uziduaji huko Amerika ya Kusini

Posted on Jul 1, 2019

Huko Amerika ya Kusini, wanawake wamekuwa ni sehemu ya historia ya mapambano katika harakati za kulinda maeneo yao na mazingira. Kwa...

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(Swahili) Tafakari kutoka Afrika: Ishinde hofu ya kujenga vuguvugu imara la mabadiliko

Posted on Jul 1, 2019

Sekretarieti ya shirika la WRM International ilifanya mahojiano na mwanaharakati wa masuala ya kijamii na kimazingira na mtetezi wa haki...

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(Swahili) Kuisimamia haki ya kusema HAPANA: Baraza la Kudumu la Watu wa Afrika ya Kusini

Posted on Jul 1, 2019

“Hatutaki uchimbaji wa madini na watu wake. Hatumtaki mtoto wake. Hatumtaki bibi yake. Hatuitaki familia yake. Hatuna hamu…

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(Swahili) Tanzania: Upinzani wa wanajamii dhidi ya mashamba makubwa ya miti

Posted on Jul 1, 2019

Kwa mtazamo wa mara ya kwanza, kijiji cha Nzivi kinafanana na vijiji vingine katika eneo lile. Lakini kijiji hicho kina tofauti kubwa na vijiji vingine kwa sababu hakiruhusu wawekezaji wanaotaka kupanda mashamba makubwa kama vile upandaji wa mashamba makubwa ya miti…

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Green discourses and deforestation

Posted on May 14, 2019

While the destruction of forest territories continues, more pledges, agreements and programs are being implemented in the name of ‘addressing deforestation and climate change’.

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Indonesia: Fate of Fishing Villages in the Climate Crisis and the Failure of ‘Blue Carbon’

Posted on May 14, 2019

Blue Carbon (or Blue REDD+) appeared as a new carbon offset scheme between emissions and carbon absorption in coastal territories. However, organizations in Indonesia warn that the initiative is a strategy to change the coastal and marine territories into tradable assets .

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Mozambique: The Threat of Biodiversity “Offsets”

Posted on May 14, 2019

BIOFUND, a conservation fund to finance protected areas in Mozambique—with support from the World Bank, international cooperation and conservation NGOs—intends to use biodiversity offsets to obtain resources and speculate in financial markets.

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Indigenous territories in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo, threatened by monoculture plantations

Posted on May 14, 2019

Millions of hectares of mostly forested areas in Malaysia have been targeted for developing monoculture plantations –including expanding timber plantations-, however, many of these have not been fully developed yet.

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Misguided funding: Green Climate Fund support for REDD+

Posted on May 14, 2019

Despite the government of Brazil announcing cutbacks to action against deforestation, the Green Climate Fund awarded US$ 96 million for alleged emission reductions in the Brazilian Amazon. These avoided emissions in part exist only on paper.

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Attempt to Re-Colonize Forests in India The new Draft Amendments to Indian Forest Act

Posted on May 14, 2019

A long cycle of state repression in India now sees new amendments to the colonial Indian Forest Act which would not only make forest bureaucracy more powerful than ever, but would also de facto put an end to the landmark Forest Rights Act.

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