World Rainforest Movement

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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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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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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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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(Bahasa) Pembakaran Hutan dan Korban yang Dihukum: Kisah tentang Tragedi Masyarakat Adat Delang di Lamandau, Kalimantan Tengah

Posted on Jul 9, 2018

Bila anda melakukan perjalanan dari kota Palangkaraya sampai ke kota Nangabulik, ibukota kabupaten Lamandau, Provinsi Kalimantan Tengah, anda akan melihat lanskap tunggal berupa perkebunan sawit.

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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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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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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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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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Cameroon: Urban and Rural Activists Against Industrial Plantations’ Abuses Towards Women

Posted on Mar 7, 2018

From rapes, forced body searches and searches of private spaces, to the risk of losing their lives: this article calls on us not to be accomplices to the violence women living around tree plantations in Cameroon suffer.

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Indonesia: Exploitation of women and violation of their rights in oil palm plantations

Posted on Mar 7, 2018

The expansion of oil palm plantations in Indonesia has turned women into landless food buyers and cheap labour, with no adequate safety and health protection, for the plantation companies.

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Guatemala and Colombia: Women facing oil palm plantations

Posted on Mar 7, 2018

Contamination of water sources, deplorable working conditions, and sexual blackmail in exchange for work, are some of the kinds of violence against women living in and around oil palm plantations in Guatemala and Colombia.

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Cameroon: Local women besieged by the military, guardians of the palm oil plantations of SOCAPALM

Posted on Mar 7, 2018

A woman from the village of Mbonjo 1, Cameroon, which has witnessed the impact of industrial palm oil plantations and the constant presence of the military, calls for international solidarity and protection of right to life and freedom.

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India: Plantations uproot women from their customary forests

Posted on Mar 7, 2018

India’s programme to compensate for the destruction of forests for development projects is routinely setting up monoculture tree plantations on community commons. Women, who are mostly affected, are at the centre of its resistance.

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Liberia: Women raising their voices in decision-making processes

Posted on Mar 7, 2018

The voices and stories of forest-dependent women are often rejected, unheard or silenced, which makes it easier for companies to grab community land. But what happens when they start to raise their voices?

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Indonesia: Oil palm plantations and their trace of violence against women

Posted on Mar 7, 2018

Women suffer many types of violence committed by oil palm plantations companies’ employers, security forces, police and military, which subsequently reinforce patriarchy and their roles and relations within society in general.

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Agribusiness and environmental injustice: impacts on the health of rural women

Posted on Mar 7, 2018

The organization and sexual division of labor and job insecurity in single crop activities affect the health of female workers and territorial changes derived from this model of production directly affect women.

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Covered under the shade of oil palm companies in Cameroon: A recount of the abuses that women suffer

Posted on Mar 7, 2018

Plantations are increasingly surrounding and engulfing communities. Women must walk through company-occupied lands in order to seek their livelihoods. This, among other things, can cost them their lives.

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Green Resources Mozambique: More False Promises!

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

Green Resources S.A., a company with mostly Norwegian capital, is considered to be the largest tree plantation company in Africa. The reality on the ground reveals serious land conflicts between the company and local communities, in Mozambique, Uganda and Tanzania. This article reflects the situation in Mozambique.

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Carbon Colonialism: Failure of Green Resources’ Carbon Offset Project in Uganda

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

The devastating impacts of Green Resources’ tree plantation and carbon offset project in Uganda exposes the limits of carbon markets. While villagers carry the social, environmental and other costs of this project by loosing access and control over their land, the company is allowed to profit even more from its destructive plantations, framing them as “carbon sinks”.

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Southern African women organising against the violence of extractivism

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

The extractivist paradigm in Southern Africa threatens the lives and livelihoods of peasant communities, in particular women and girls: From the Tete Province in Mozambique, where women confront water scarcity and pollution to Zimbabwe’s Marange community, where militarised and often sexualised violence haunts women’s daily lives.

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Food, forests and the unfolding crisis in Zambia

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

Zambia’s peaceful context and strategic geographical location, combined with a desperate hunger for foreign direct investment, positions the country at the frontline of the global wave of resources grabbing, the crisis of global capital and the capitalisation of climate change

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Large Hydropower Dams Are Not the Answer: Time to Rethink Africa’s Energy Infrastructure

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

The Programme of Infrastructure Development for Africa (PIDA) was adopted in 2012 with the aim of connecting the continent’s energy, transport, water and communication infrastructure. But what kind of infrastructure does “Africa” really need and who is getting more access with such initiative? This article looks into the hydropower dams proposed for PIDA

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Implications of Monoculture Tree Plantations in Mozambique: The Case of Portucel Mozambique

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

Industrial tree plantation projects in Mozambique are gaining more and more ground in processes of land acquisition and dispute. The Portuguese company, Portucel, has a “reforestation” plan through 2026 that aims to cover 356 thousand hectares.

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Food sovereignty in Zimbabwe: Mopane trees and local livelihoods

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

Over the past few years, the mopane worm population – found in isolated patches of dense forests in the driest parts of Zimbabwe, like in the Mazwi village – has been diminishing, threatening local livelihoods and food sovereignty.

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Industrial tree plantations in eastern and southern Africa

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

This article gives an overview on the industrial tree plantation expansion threat in eastern and southern African countries, its external drivers, as well as the challenges this expansion presents to affected communities struggling to defend their land and livelihoods.

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What are rights? Some lessons from struggle

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

In August 1838, a young man called Frederick Bailey escaped from slavery in Baltimore on the east coast of the United States (US). Less...

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REDD and Rights: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

The foundation of critical thinking, then, is in the dissent of the existing state of things and the search for alternatives, drawing from...

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Honduras and the Consultation Law: A trap that seeks to advance capitalism onto indigenous territories

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

Since ILO Convention 169 was ratified in 1995, indigenous peoples in Honduras have demanded the creation of a consultation mechanism to...

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Reflections on climate change, the rights of Indigenous Peoples and the right of Free, Prior and Informed Consent

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

Western colonialists and imperialists have for centuries pillaged and taken the lands, territories and natural resources of Indigenous...

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Brazil and land rights: A historical struggle that continues and intensifies

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

Interview to Roberto Liebgott, coordinator of “Regional Sul do Conselho Indigenista Missionário” – CIMI (The South Regional from the...

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Traditional land “rights” in West and Central Africa

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

In West and Central Africa, the many radically different ways in time and space of how people relate to and manage land reflects the many...

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The right to common

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

Enclosures have appropriately been called a revolution of the rich against the poor. (1) Commons are not just a “third way” beyond...

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What does rights of rivers mean?

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

In July 2017, on the banks of mighty River Narmada in central India, the sight of people performing rituals on the river bank, fishermen in...

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The Rights of Nature: A balance, 10 years after its constitutional recognition in Ecuador

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

Is it really possible to shift the dominant, colonial, Western paradigm—which sees nature and spaces as resources to be exploited,...

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Corporations as subjects with rights: An architecture of impunity

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

When we speak of rights, we almost always refer to the rights of individuals, peoples, and minorities who are fighting for a dignified,...

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Chad/Cameroon: Promises and realities of a World Bank funded oil project

Posted on Oct 2, 2017

The Chad/Cameroon Oil & Pipeline project (see WRM Bulletins 45, 41, 35, 14 and 2) is reaching critical milestones. Most construction...

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Honduras: Shrimp farmer as “offical delegate” to Ramsar

Posted on Oct 2, 2017

On 23 November, 2002, at the Eighth Conference of the Parties to the Ramsar Convention for the conservation of wetlands, held in Valencia,...

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FERONIA in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Harassment, violence and oppression

Posted on Sep 21, 2017

Oil palm plantations managed by the Canadian-based agribusiness company FERONIA Inc have been opposed by local residents ever since they...

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Eucalyptus and silent poisons: The expansion of plantations in the southernmost part of Bahia, Brazil

Posted on Sep 21, 2017

The process of territorial transformation in the southernmost part of Bahia is closely intertwined with agriculture in Brazil, and is based...

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