World Rainforest Movement

The Agony of a Tree-Planting Project on Communities’ Land in Uganda

Posted on Sep 24, 2020

The large-scale plantations from UK-based New Forests Company (NFC) have meant violence, forceful evictions and misery for thousands of residents from Mubende, Uganda. More than 15 years after the company began its operations in Uganda, affected communities still confront the long-lasting and severe damages.

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From the ‘Greening Motherland’ Campaign to the ‘Ant Forest’ App: Tree-planting in China’s environmental politics

Posted on Sep 24, 2020

A historical reflection of China’s main mass tree-planting projects puts in evidence the increasingly key role of capital and market forces in rural China. The most recent one, the Ant Forest mobile phone App, is based on the idea of “green” consumerism and benefits some of the biggest retailer and technology companies in the country.

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South Africa: Death by Eucalyptus Monocultures

Posted on Sep 24, 2020

Several of Sappi’s plantations surrounding the Ngodwana Mill have been converted from pine to eucalyptus trees without authorization. Data obtained in over 75 years to verify timber plantations’ water use demonstrate that eucalyptus trees use 30 to 50% more water than pine trees. Biomass is one increasing demand for eucalyptus.

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Colombia: Palm-Producing Company Poligrow Plans to Grab more Land under the “Small Producers” Scheme

Posted on Sep 24, 2020

Violence, massacre and forced displacement in the context of the armed conflict in Colombia have served to advance the industrial cultivation of oil palm. Palm-producing company Poligrow has an undeniable role in land-grabbing and intimidation in the municipality of Mapiripán. Even so, it plans to expand its operations.

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A Different Vision of “Doing Conservation:” The Kawsak Sacha of the Kichwa People of Sarayaku, Ecuador

Posted on Sep 24, 2020

Most governments, NGOs and corporations are promoting more Protected Areas and conservation areas around the world. But what does conservation mean? Marlon Santi of the Kichwa people of Sarayaku explains to us what the Amazonian peoples of Ecuador consider to be conservation.

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Deforestation in the Amazon, and the REDD+ Money that Keeps Coming to Brazil

Posted on Sep 24, 2020

The tens of millions of euros that the government of Acre received from the German government for its REDD+ program failed to stop deforestation. Despite this fact—and without having any positive “outcomes” to show when it comes to the climate or deforestation—several Brazilian states continue to receive funds from the German government.

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The Road that Threatens to Destroy the “Protected” Harapan Forest in South Sumatra, Indonesia

Posted on Sep 24, 2020

The approval of a road construction inside the first Ecosystem Restoration Concession in Indonesia puts in evidence the inherent contradictions of such concessions. While upholding an international image of being concerned with deforestation, the government is engaged in promoting policies that lead to more deforestation.

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How Covid-19 impacted the oil spills clean-up process in Ogoniland?

Posted on Jul 15, 2020

Godwin Uyi Ojo, Environmental Rights Action (ERA)/ Friends of the Earth Nigeria.

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What is the role of the agro-industry, and what actors are behind this enormous chain of production?

Posted on Jul 15, 2020

Silvia Ribeiro, ETC Group.

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How is Covid-19 strengthening the push towards a so-called “energy transition”?

Posted on Jul 15, 2020

Hendro Sangkoyo – School of Democratic Economics, Indonesia.

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What are the parallels between Covid-19 and climate change?

Posted on Jul 15, 2020

Ivonne Yánez, Acción Ecológica, Ecuador.

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What do growing numbers of pandemics (human and nonhuman) mean for capital in a longer historical perspective?

Posted on Jul 15, 2020

Larry Lohmann, The Corner House, UK

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How do you see the impacts of authoritarian regimes unfolding due to the measures implemented in front of Covid-19?

Posted on Jul 15, 2020

Shalmali Guttal, Focus on the Global South

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Indigenous peoples in Brazil fight against government policies… and the pandemic

Posted on Jul 15, 2020

From its first day in office, the government led by Jair Bolsonaro has been trying to undermine the constitutional rights of Indigenous Peoples and quilombola communities in Brazil. WRM spoke with the organization CIMI in the Western Amazon.

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Communities in West and Central Africa Resist Industrial Oil Palm Plantations, Even in Times of Covid-19

Posted on Jul 15, 2020

While palm oil companies present themselves as benevolent donors during the pandemic, communities living in and around these plantations tell another story. Activists against industrial oil palm plantations talk about communities’ situation since the Covid-19 outbreak.

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Indonesia: How the Pandemic Strengthens Immunity for Mining Corporate-Oligarchy and Paves the Way to a New Dictatorship

Posted on Jul 15, 2020

This article highlights four trends that evidence how the mining industry continues to benefit from the Covid-19 pandemic while continuing its destruction throughout the archipelago. While corporate-oligarchs are hijacking democracy by perpetuating emergencies, a new dictatorship is being installed under the flag of mining capitalism.

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Indonesia: Bagaimana Pandemi Memperkuat Imunitas Oligarki Tambang dan Membuka Jalan menuju Kediktatoran Baru

Posted on Jul 15, 2020

BAHASA. Artikel ini menyoroti empat tren yang menjadi bukti bagaimana industri pertambangan mengeruk manfaat dari situasi pandem Covid-10 sembari melanjutkan agenda penghancurannya di seluruh kepulauan nusantara. Sementara korporasi-oligarki sedang berupaya membajak demokrasi, kediktatoran baru sedang menancapkan kakinya di bawah bendera kapitalisme pertambangan.

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Agro-imperialism in the time of Covid-19

Posted on Jul 15, 2020

Agro- and meat industries are winning the jackpot with the Covid-19 pandemic. While the pandemic profits stay at the top, devastation is what trickles down to the bottom. The consequences are deadly. A new wave of structural adjustment is on the way that will focus on increasing foreign agribusiness investment and exports of agricultural commodities.

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Brazil: Against Covid-19, Feminist Economics in the Countryside and the City

Posted on Jul 15, 2020

With the Covid-19 crisis, the initiatives of movements and collectives based on feminist economics have gained strength. Feminist economics leads us to reflect on the updated mechanisms of control, while continuing to affirm the capacity for resistance and reconstruction of bodies in movement.

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The Pandemic in Forests in India: Escalated Attacks on Communities

Posted on Jul 15, 2020

Funds from the Compensatory Afforestation scheme have been allocated for Covid-19 relief measures. The scheme has funded plantations that invade community land and has led to illegal evictions where “Protected Areas” have been declared. This has not stopped during the lockdown.

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Reflections amid the Covid-19 Pandemic from WRM’s Advisory Committee

Posted on Jul 15, 2020

Members of the WRM’s Advisory Committee were invited to contribute to this special Bulletin with reflections on the devastating situation of deepening injustices that forest communities and peasant families around the world are facing due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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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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Indonesia : Apa itu Konsesi Restorasi Ekosistem?

Posted on May 14, 2020

Dalam beberapa dekade terakhir, pendekatan bisnis dalam memulihkan deforestasi semakin menguat. Pada tahun 2004, LSM konservasi dan Kementerian Kehutanan Indonesia menginisiasi sebuah model yang dikenal dengan istilah Konsesi Restorasi Ekosistem. Artikel ini menyoroti lebih dekat pelaksanaan model tersebut dalam konteks ancaman lama dan terkini terhadap hutan Indonesia, serta dorongan global untuk ‘Restorasi hutan’.

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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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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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Mendorong “Netral Karbon” : Proyek Restorasi dan Konservasi di Indonesia

Posted on Mar 6, 2020

Perusahaan minyak dan gas multinasional Shell mengklaim bahwa sangat mungkin untuk mendorong kebijakan ‘netral karbon’, toh pengurangan emisi pun cukup dilakukan dengan menanam pohon atau berinvestasi di kawasan hutan di belahan dunia lainnya. Akan tetapi pohon-pohon tersebut diharapkan tetap berdiri tegak untuk selamanya , dan sialnya, tepat di sini, letak permasalahnnya.

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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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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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“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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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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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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(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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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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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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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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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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