World Rainforest Movement

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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Ecuador: Stories of Dispossession and Deforestation Caused by the Extraction of Palm and Wood

Posted on May 14, 2019

The expansion of oil palm and logging in Wimbí is a fact. And in both cases, the protagonist is the same: the land trafficker who allowed the palm company, Energy & Palma, to enter. This new cycle of dispossession threatens the culture and survival of the community.

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WWF in the DRC’s Salonga National Park: Torture, Murder and Gang-Rape

Posted on May 14, 2019

Serious abuses in DRC’s Salonga National Park at the hands of park rangers supported by funding from the WWF and a range of international donors are just the latest to be documented. This is a wider problem on human rights abuses and colonial interventions in forests.

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Finnish and Uruguayan Organizations Against a New UPM Pulp Mill

Posted on May 14, 2019

Finnish company, UPM, plans to install its second pulp mill in Uruguay—which would be one of the largest in the world and produce over...

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Sarawak: Save the Mulu Rainforest from oil palm plantations!

Posted on May 14, 2019

An area of 4.400 hectares of the Mulu rainforest is currently being converted into palm oil monocultures; an area directly adjacent to a...

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Brazil’s Amazon: The Wealth of the Earth Generates the Poverty of Humankind

Posted on May 14, 2019

As the largest rainforest in the world, the area most rich in minerals and the main biogenetic reserve of the planet, the Amazon is one of...

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Planting Conflicts: Monocultures and Dispossession in the Peruvian Amazon

Posted on May 14, 2019

A short documentary by Oxfam Peru shows the serious environmental and social problems that come with the expansion of monoculture tree...

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Voices of Women Against Extractivism

Posted on May 14, 2019

The most recent monthly bulletin of the Latin American Network of Women Defenders of social and environmental rights brings together...

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Papua: Co-optation of indigenous traditions for oil palm monocultures

Posted on May 14, 2019

Indigenous Papuans are seeing their forest being destroyed to be replaced by monoculture plantations. An interview by Mongabay news to...

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Free Trade Agreements: Instruments that Subjugate Rights

Posted on May 14, 2019

A workbook created by the Biodiversity Alliance seeks to rethink the effects of the free trade agreements, as well as point out their...

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The Conservation Industry: a for-profit sector?

Posted on Mar 11, 2019

Conservationist NGOs are increasingly making partnerships with companies that, in fact, are the main drivers of environmental and social disasters. Even worse, they portray their corporate partners as the willing participants of the “solutions”. But, which solutions are they seeking? And solutions for whom?

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Indigenous Baiga women in India: “Our story should be heard”

Posted on Mar 11, 2019

Despite the harassment from Forest Department guards, who tried to prevent the Fulwaripara village to submit their claims for recognition of their land under the Forest Rights Act, the village managed to do so. Yet, their claim was not completed. Now, they face again the threat of eviction.

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The Wayana Indigenous Peoples in Suriname and Conservation NGO’s: A “true love” story?

Posted on Mar 11, 2019

Conservationist NGOs working in Suriname have increased the pressure for Wayana Indigenous Peoples. After years of harsh top-down ways of dealing with forest communities, the Wayana have decided to seek for their own path, one that follows their own way of thinking and living.

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Displacement and Dispossession in Tanzania: How “Conservation” is Destroying the Maasai

Posted on Mar 11, 2019

For the past eighty years, the Maasai have been displaced and dispossessed of their land, livelihoods, and more in Northern Tanzania, all under the guise of “conservation.” This article traces the origins of this dispossession through to present day struggles, calling for international solidarity.

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Guatemala: Conservation Perpetuates the Plunder of Forests

Posted on Mar 11, 2019

The creation of the Maya Biosphere Reserve has been legitimizing a destructive model: infrastructure and energy projects, hand-in-hand with Protected Areas “without people.” While conservation NGOs fatten their portfolios, peasant and indigenous communities are displaced, or conditioned to depend on NGOs and the market.

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The Human Cost of Strictly Protected Areas in the Congo Basin

Posted on Mar 11, 2019

In Africa’s Congo Basin the many promises of rights-based and participatory conservation have miserably failed to materialise. For communities living in and around protected areas, the reality continues to be one of dispossession, impoverishment and widespread human rights abuses.

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India: Your urgent support is needed! More than one million people at risk of eviction from their land and forests!

Posted on Mar 11, 2019

On February 13, 2019, India’s Supreme Court passed an order that instructs state governments to evict forest dwelling communities if...

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Join the call for a new approach to conservation

Posted on Mar 11, 2019

The NGO Survival International has an on-going petition for a new conservation that respects indigenous peoples’ rights and promotes...

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Brazil: Support Cacique Babau and his family

Posted on Mar 11, 2019

Cacique Babau, from Serra do Padeiro Tupinambá community, state of Bahia, has been suffering repeated threats against him and his family....

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India: Stop brutal “Shoot on sight”!

Posted on Mar 11, 2019

Park guards have extra-judicially executed fifty people in the last three years under India’s infamous “shoot on sight” national...

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Cambodian Peasants Against the Bolloré Group

Posted on Mar 11, 2019

After 11 representatives of the Bunong ethnic group in Cambodia were denied visas to go to France to attend judicial proceedings against...

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Argentina: No to Genetically Modified Seeds!

Posted on Mar 11, 2019

The Secretary of Family Farming, Coordination and Territorial Development in Misiones, Argentina, signed an agreement to develop the...

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WWF funds guards who have tortured and killed people

Posted on Mar 11, 2019

A recent BuzzFeed News investigation reveals that the World Wide Fund (WWF) funds vicious paramilitary forces to fight poaching. The...

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India: Community Based Conservation Amidst Conflict

Posted on Mar 11, 2019

A report from the Indian organization Kalpavriksh documents community initiatives that protect biodiversity while ensuring their cultural,...

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“The Big Conservation Lie”

Posted on Mar 11, 2019

Over the last few years, ecologist Mordecai Ogada has been engaged in examining the policy problems and prejudices that underlie the...

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“Salvaging Nature. Indigenous Peoples, Protected Areas and Biodiversity Conservation”

Posted on Mar 11, 2019

Although this WRM publication was first published in 1994 and then updated in 2003, it is still very much relevant nowadays. It includes an...

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“New Challenges and Strategies in Defense of Land and Territory”

Posted on Mar 11, 2019

What is happening with the land and natural wealth around the world, and to the people who depend on them? How are people responding to...

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Beyond Forests: Conservation NGOs have Turned into “Companies”

Posted on Mar 1, 2019

Before, conservation organizations were focused on raising money to create protected areas in forests supposedly threatened with destruction; today, they constitute a bona fide transnational “industry” that manages and controls areas that go far beyond forests.

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How to Strengthen Resistance Movements?

Posted on Dec 22, 2018

Despite the many profound damages that industries cause in the world’s forests, they also cause something else to emerge: the strong and diverse resistance movements of affected communities defending their territories, livelihoods, cultures and even their existence. The struggle continues!

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Brazil: I am Kum’tum, I am of the Akroá-Gamela People

Posted on Dec 22, 2018

WRM spoke with Kum’tum, an indigenous man from the Akroá-Gamela people of Brazil. These are his reflections about their history and the current collective process that aims to rediscover and recover their roots, after having been dispossessed of their territory and community.

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Villagers in Sierra Leone Ponder their Future after Winning their Lands Back from a Palm Oil Company

Posted on Dec 22, 2018

After a decade of struggling against a company that grabbed their lands and erected oil palm plantations, a court has ruled that the lands must be given back to the communities. Now they are trying to figure out what they should do with the large areas of lands that have been occupied by oil palms.

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Reimagining Wellbeing: Villages in Korchi taluka, India, Resisting Mining and Opening Spaces for Self-Governance

Posted on Dec 22, 2018

Village assemblies in Korchi, along with resistance against mining, are actively engaged in reimagining and reconstructing local governance. Women’s collectives have also started to assert their voice in these emerging decision-making spaces.

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Resistance by Women Defenders of Territory to Extractivism in Latin America

Posted on Dec 22, 2018

In Latin America, women have always been part of the historical struggles in the defence of territory and the environment. Through protests and daily practices, they have resisted the many ways of extractivism and all forms of violence against women.

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A Reflection from Africa: Conquer the Fear for Building Stronger Movements

Posted on Dec 22, 2018

An interview with the activist Nasako Besingi. He organized communities in their protests against US agribusiness Herakles Farm’s palm oil plantations. Due to this engagement, he has been the victim of Herakles Farm and government physical attacks, intimidation and criminalization.

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Rising for the Right to Say NO: Southern Africa Peoples Permanent Tribunal

Posted on Dec 22, 2018

The Southern African Peoples Permanent Tribunal on Transnational Corporations has been an important tool for communities to share their struggles as well as to challenge the status quo by rising up to say NO to corporate power, impunity and a destructive development agenda.

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Tanzania: Community Resistance against Monoculture Tree Plantations

Posted on Dec 22, 2018

At first glance, the Nzivi village is a village as many others in the area. But a big difference is that it does not allow investors for large-scale activities, such as monoculture tree plantations. Green Resources is the main private plantation company active in Tanzania.

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No to ProSAVANA and MATOPIBA. Solidarity with people in Mozambique and Brazil!

Posted on Dec 22, 2018

Peasants’ movements and civil society organizations from Mozambique, Brazil and Japan met in Tokyo, Japan, in November 2018, for the...

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Borneo: Penan village successfully resists logging operations

Posted on Dec 22, 2018

After two years of struggle against logging in their forest, the Penan village of Long Tevenga in Northern Sarawak gained a major victory....

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Estonia: Government decides to terminate pulp mill spatial plan

Posted on Dec 22, 2018

In May 2017, the Estonian government launched a procedure for a national designated spatial plan to determine the most suitable location...

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California, United States: Decision on Tropical Forest Standard is postponed until April 2019

Posted on Dec 22, 2018

California’s Air Resources Board held a public meeting to consider the endorsement of the California Tropical Forest Standard, which...

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Dercy Teles on the popular movement of rubber tappers in Brazil

Posted on Dec 22, 2018

In June 2017, the WRM carried out an interview with Dercy Teles, the first female president of a Brazilian Rural Workers’ Union, in the...

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The last trees of the Amazon

Posted on Dec 22, 2018

A team of journalists from five Latin American countries investigated how groups of timber traffickers manage to steal and process timber...

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The global farmland grab by pension funds needs to stop

Posted on Dec 22, 2018

A recent report by the NGO GRAIN highlights how the number of pension funds involved in farmland investment and the amount of money they...

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Certification promotes land concentration, violence and destruction

Posted on Nov 16, 2018

Certification schemes for tree plantations initially generated many expectations, promising a true transformation. Yet after all these years, we can definitely conclude that what the RSPO and FSC also have in common is that they will not meet those expectations.

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Are FSC and RSPO accomplices in crime? Jari Florestal and Agropalma’s Unresolved Land Question in the Brazilian Amazon

Posted on Nov 16, 2018

For years, WRM has been warning many certified monoculture plantations in Brazil have been established on land for which titles were obtained fraudulently. This article discusses the case of two companies that operate in the Brazilian Amazon: Agropalma and Jari Florestal.

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Nigeria: Okomu’s oil palm plantations bring misery for women living in their vicinity

Posted on Nov 16, 2018

Interview with Hajaratu Abdullahi from Community Forest Watch in Nigeria who talks about the hardship and misery that the palm oil company Okomu Oil, subsidiary of global palm oil company SocFin, is bringing to communities like hers in Nigeria’s Edo state

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Dekel Oil’s false promises lure villagers into dangerous oil palm growing contracts in Cote d’Ivoire

Posted on Nov 16, 2018

Land owners in Cote d’Ivoire are trapped in contracts with Dekel Oil, a company that made false promises arguing villagers would become rich by signing contracts to let oil palm monocultures on their land.

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Ecuador: Peoples, communities and nature against oil palm

Posted on Nov 16, 2018

In Ecuador, the expansion of industrial oil palm plantations is the main cause of deforestation. A meeting to exchange knowledge, the first of its kind in Ecuador, brought together leaders from oil palm-affected provinces from the three regions of the country.

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Gabon: OLAM’s industrial oil palm plantations deprive community of Sanga of access to safe water

Posted on Nov 16, 2018

The expansion of industrial oil palm plantations by OLAM hit the village of Sanga in the South of Gabon particularly hard: The community’s main water source became so polluted that the water is now unsafe for drinking and not suitable for other daily uses.

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The Xe Pian Xe Namnoy Dam collapse in Lao PDR: Will the Mekong region learn from this?

Posted on Nov 16, 2018

The government of Lao PDR has decided to establish the country as “the battery of Asia” by developing major hydropower dams along the Mekong River. The recent collapse of the Xe Pian -Xe Namnoy dam, however, accentuated once again the many risks of such projects.

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New step towards a Binding Treaty on Transnational Corporations and Humans Rights

Posted on Nov 16, 2018

We share here the Declaration of the Global Campaign for the closing of this 4th session of the Working Group, which highlights some key elements for the elaboration of a meaningful instrument that allows those affected to have access to effective justice

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Court orders chilean company, Arauco, to return land to the Mapuche community

Posted on Nov 16, 2018

On September 28, the Chilean courts ruled in favor of the Ignacio Huilipán community, located in the Contulmo Commune, Bío Bío region.

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Letter from the Collective of Women affected by monoculture oil palm from Gabon to FAO

Posted on Nov 16, 2018

Women affected by OLAM’s oil palm plantations, during a meeting in the village of Fera, in Gabon, decided to send a letter to FAO denouncing the impacts they are suffering.

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Sign on statement: “RSPO: failing to eliminate violence and destruction from the industrial palm oil sector”

Posted on Nov 16, 2018

Friends of the Earth International and the World Rainforest Movement have launched an international sign-on statement denouncing the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

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A new documentary: “The exploitation of primary forests: Can an ecolabel stop the forest industry?”

Posted on Nov 16, 2018

A new documentary shows how the FSC certification of forests and industrial tree plantations looks like on the ground and whether it protects the forests and the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities.

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Closer to a United Nations Declaration in Defense of Peasant’s Rights

Posted on Nov 16, 2018

Peasants and other people working in rural areas are one step away from achieving a United Nations Declaration that could defend and protect their rights to land, seeds, biodiversity, local markets and much more.

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September 21st: International Day of Struggle Against Monoculture Tree Plantations

Posted on Sep 26, 2018

On this September 21st, a message of solidarity and homage to the communities, community-based organisations and activists who are fighting in many different ways and places to stop monoculture tree plantations.

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Song: Plantations are not Forests!

Posted on Sep 26, 2018

A song by By Ajele Sunday, Nigerian artist. His community suffer land grabbing from oil palm companies. Listen to the song.

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Oil Palm in Peru: Destruction Advancing Upon the Amazon

Posted on Sep 26, 2018

Communities affected by oil palm plantations organized a Forum in the city of Yurimaguas to denounce and expose the social and environmental impacts of these plantations.

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Argentina: “Sowing Struggle, We Harvest Land!” Land Recovery in Misiones

Posted on Sep 26, 2018

Over the last ten years, through organization and struggle, families in northeast Argentina have managed to recover land monopolized by multinational corporation Arauco. Now, they are growing food there.

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The untold suffering of women living in and around Feronia’s industrial oil palm plantations in the DRC

Posted on Sep 26, 2018

Interview with Solange Bolembe, from RIAO-RDC, about the many challenges that women face who live in communities affected by vast oil palm plantations managed by Feronia-PHC, a company financed by several European development banks.

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Indonesia: The trail of destruction behind a sheet of paper

Posted on Sep 26, 2018

The chain of impacts caused by the expansion of tree plantations that provide the raw material for the production of paper. The article looks specially at companies linked to the Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP), APP-Sinar Mas Group, and APRIL.

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At What Cost? Irresponsible business and the murder of land and environmental defenders in 2017

Posted on Sep 26, 2018

“The world is deadlier than ever for land and environmental defenders, with agribusiness the industry most linked to killings,”...

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The false promise of certification

Posted on Sep 26, 2018

This report from Changing Markets Foundation is focused on the environmental impacts of certification schemes and voluntary initiatives in...

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The Expansion of Tree Plantations on Peasant Territories in the Nacala Corridor: Green Resources in Mozambique.

Posted on Sep 26, 2018

This web report shows the complex dynamics involved in land use and how a consultation over a plantation company’s access to land was...

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“Red our land” (Roja tierra nuestra), the story of an agrarian triumph.

Posted on Sep 26, 2018

The documentary recounts the recovery of land the cooperative of Independent Producers of Piray (PIP) in Misiones, Argentina, reclaimed...

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Speaking truth to power. The village women taking on the palm oil giant.

Posted on Sep 26, 2018

The Société Financière des Caoutchouc (Socfin) group is one of the world’s biggest plantation companies. In Cameroon, a bitter land...

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Fires, forests and peoples: knowledge and practices under threat

Posted on Jul 9, 2018

Forest peoples’ knowledge and practices of the use and management of controlled fire in forests have been identified within climate change policies as the cause of forest fires. Nevertheless, fire is critical for ensuring the food and cultural sovereignty of forest peoples.

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Peru: forest inhabited by the indigenous Shawi to be handed over to Canadian mining firm

Posted on Jul 9, 2018

The indigenous Shawi people repeat their call for protests in defense of their territory in the tropical rainforest. This time the threat is in the form of the world’s leading gold mining company: Barrick Gold Corporation.

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Challenging capitalist fire

Posted on Jul 9, 2018

Today, a capitalist conception of fire dominates. But vernacular conceptions continue to evolve and struggle against it.

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Indonesia: Forest burning and punished victims. The tragedy of the Delang indigenous community in Lamandau, Central Kalimantan

Posted on Jul 9, 2018

Despite that most forest fires in Indonesia started within expanding oil palm plantation concession areas, companies are not being persecuted.

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Chile: Mega forest fires, corporate crime and impunity

Posted on Jul 9, 2018

Tree plantation companies have enormous power and impunity in Chile. The fires of 2017 demonstrated the collusion between these companies and public officials to prevent investigations and criminalize the Mapuche indigenous people

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The Amazon: A territory in the crossfire

Posted on Jul 9, 2018

Fires in the Amazon are occurring more frequently and with greater intensity. But who is really burning the forests?

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Quito, a city in the middle of a firebelt

Posted on Jul 9, 2018

Since the native vegetation that surrounded Quito was destroyed to make way for eucalyptus and pine plantations, the forest fires that the city faces year after year have been intensifying.

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Portugal: 28 years ago a village fought against eucalyptus. The land never burned again

Posted on Jul 9, 2018

In 1989, there was a war in the valley of Lila, Portugal. Hundreds of people gathered to destroy 200 hectares of eucalyptus, fearing that the trees would rob them of their water and bring fire.

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Bolloré Loses Court Case in France

Posted on Jul 9, 2018

In 2016, a TV station in France (Channel 2) aired a report that told the story of Vincent Bolloré, a businessman who heads the oil palm...

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Tanzania: call for international support to stop intimidation against Maasai villagers as they take the government to court

Posted on Jul 9, 2018

A report from Oakland Institute documents in detail the many rights abuses faced by the Maasai in the Ngorongoro and Loliondo regions of...

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Declaration from Sena Madureira, Brazil: “We carry forward the spirit of union among peoples, and opposition to capitalism’s “solutions”

Posted on Jul 9, 2018

From June 15-17, 2018, indigenous peoples and communities that live and work in forests gathered in Sena Madureira, Acre, to denounce the...

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Forest Fires in Portugal: When Corporate Power Kills

Posted on Jul 9, 2018

An article by Transparency International shows how the political establishment of Portugal—which should be managing the forest,...

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Cambodia: hydroelectric dam plan could kill the Mekong River

Posted on Jul 9, 2018

A Chinese-backed plan to build Cambodia’s biggest dam could “literally kill” the Mekong river, according to a confidential government...

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Democratic Republic of Congo: Turning peasant lands once more into oil palm monocultures

Posted on Apr 29, 2018

DRC is following the trend of promoting programmes to ‘integrate’ peasants with agribusinesses, putting people’s control over their lands at risk.

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Cameroon: Local people respond to Socapalm’s ISO 14001: 2004 Certification

Posted on Apr 29, 2018

The oil palm company Socapalm in Cameroon plans to renew its ISO 14001 certification, which expired in 2017. We expose the company’s attempts to cover up the destruction caused to the communities and the environment

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Congo Basin: The coming storm

Posted on Apr 29, 2018

How secrecy and collusion in industrial agriculture spell disaster for the Congo Basin’s rainforests.

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Uruguay: the threat of a third mega pulp mill

Posted on Apr 29, 2018

In 2017, the Finnish company UPM signed a contract with the Uruguayan government to establish a third mega pulp mill. The project is subject to exorbitant conditions imposed by the multinational.

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Peasant communities and those dependent on the forests united in struggle

Posted on Apr 29, 2018

In solidarity with the International Day of Peasant Struggle. A day to remember, emphasize and mobilize together against the persecution and violence that peasants suffer on a daily basis around the world.

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Indonesia: the resistance of the sacred in Bali to the “green revolution” and the tourism industry

Posted on Apr 29, 2018

Systems of community organization rooted in sacred beliefs and concepts guide relations in Bali, Indonesia, and help defy agribusiness and mega-tourism.

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Envira REDD+ project in Acre, Brazil: Gold certificate from carbon certifiers for empty promises

Posted on Apr 29, 2018

A rubber tappers community, part of a 40,000-hectare REDD+ project, faces a difficult struggle to maintain their way of life. The project has already sold carbon credits, yet to date only provided the local community with dental kits and a visit to the dentist.

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Brazil: The cerrado and the city of Três Lagoas under the control of the paper industry

Posted on Apr 29, 2018

On how pulp and paper companies are expanding in these territories while neutralizing community resistance in a process in which the population ends up economically and symbolically dependent on the companies.

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Demand Swedish Energy Agency to suspend future payments to Green Resources and cancel the deal for purchase of carbon credits!

Posted on Apr 29, 2018

Demand Swedish Energy Agency to suspend future payments to Green Resources and cancel the deal for purchase of carbon credits! The...

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India: stop evictions from tiger reserves!

Posted on Apr 29, 2018

India: stop evictions from tiger reserves! Hundreds of Baiga people rallied on March 2018 to oppose the authorities’ attempts to evict...

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Who will feed us?

Posted on Apr 29, 2018

Who will feed us? A report from the ETC Group compares the industrial food system with peasant farming. Industrial farming gets all the...

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Finnish activists protest against Stora Enso and Veracel

Posted on Apr 29, 2018

Finnish activists protest against Stora Enso and Veracel In March 2018, activists from Friends of the Earth Finland and an association...

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Where does all the gold processed in Switzerland come from?

Posted on Apr 29, 2018

Where does all the gold processed in Switzerland come from? Switzerland is a country poor in raw materials and yet, every year, 70 per cent...

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Liberia: Concerns over World Bank’s promotion of rubber plantations

Posted on Mar 19, 2018

The U$S 3.5 million loan that the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank Group is about to award to the Liberian...

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Women and plantations: When violence becomes invisible

Posted on Mar 7, 2018

This bulletin, on International Women’s Day, is a call for direct and radical solidarity with those women who suffer, resist, organize and mobilize against the daily violence and abuse that industrial plantations cause.

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