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Electric Vehicles: Driving Suffering and Pollution

Posted on Jul 9, 2021

Electric cars have become the symbol of the ‘low carbon’ economy. As an item of consumption first and foremost for the wealthy, the negative impacts of the required minerals and metals that are extracted are frequently downplayed.

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Industrial Consumption: A largely invisible yet decisive underlying cause of the crisis

Posted on Jul 9, 2021

This article highlights the voices of Justiça Ambiental! in Mozambique and the African ecofeminist alliance WoMIN.

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The green paradoxes of an Amazonian country

Posted on Jul 9, 2021

Balsa wood is an important input for windmills. Ecuador is the world’s largest exporter of this wood. The invasion of millions of wind turbines in China, Europe and the US means the extraction of metals to build them, as well as the brutal felling of balsa wood trees. 

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Renewable energies and ‘green hydrogen’: Renewing destruction?

Posted on Jul 9, 2021

Industrial-scale renewable energy infrastructure has seen a revival in the agenda of the ‘energy transition’ and as part of the economic recovery plans in front of the pandemic. Besides, the production of ‘green hydrogen’ from these projects adds another layer of injustices.

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Wind energy on the Northeast Brazilian coast and the contradictions between ‘clean energy’, injustices and environmental racism

Posted on Jul 9, 2021

In dominant models of energy production and consumption, the centralization of the energy matrix and the concentration of decision-making power remain, and with all the marks of inequalities, patriarchy and environmental racism, even if the source of energy has changed.

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The ‘Digital Economy’: Cementing the Expansion of Extraction and Pollution

Posted on Jul 9, 2021

The so-called ‘digital economy’ is usually promoted as one that has a relatively low impact on the environment, one in which material resources are largely unnecessary. But what (and who) is being hidden by such images of an almost ethereal and cleaner economy?

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Responsible, sustainable, renewable and certified: An economy that destroys the planet?

Posted on Jul 9, 2021

Certification schemes seeking to legitimize activities that harm the environment and its people, with terms like “sustainable”, are a survival strategy for capitalism. In the framework of the energy transition, even the mining industry seeks to validate its unstoppable growth.

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Conservation NGOs Gift Polluters a Massive Land Grab called ‘Nature Based Solutions’

Posted on May 18, 2021

While the concept of ‘Nature Based Solutions’ has eagerly been seized upon by polluting industries, financial institutions and governments, its origins lie somewhere else.

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Analysing the Discourse of ‘Green’ Capitalism: The Meaning of Nature in ‘Nature-Based’

Posted on May 18, 2021

The term ‘nature-based solutions,’ in the context of the exclusionary and predatory projects that gather behind it, reveals something fundamental.

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When different forms of oppression come together on the same subjects

Posted on May 18, 2021

Using “intersectionality” in her reflection, the author highlights how essential it is to understand how various situations of oppression often befall the same subject.

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Food and agribusiness corporations peddle a deadly scam

Posted on May 18, 2021

Big polluters are making ‘net zero’ pledges to satisfy the financial players that fund them. So-called ‘nature-based solutions’ are at the core of these pledges –a new corporate brand for offsets.

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Corporate enthusiasm for forest protection and tree planting driven by determination to protect profits from fossil fuel extraction

Posted on May 18, 2021

These companies have destroyed large territories and the devastation that comes with their fossil fuel extraction continues. Now, they are putting forest protection and tree planting at the heart of their climate strategies

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‘Nature-based Solutions’ and Corporate Territorial Control: A Fabricated Consensus

Posted on May 18, 2021

The mining sector seeks to gain legitimacy and expand its frontiers of accumulation and territorial control. It does so using a discourse of sustainability and by investing in so-called “nature-based solutions.

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Brazil: The Impacts of Nature-based Exclusions on Women’s Bodies-Territories

Posted on May 18, 2021

This text shares reflections that emerged from our discussions with women impacted by Green Economy projects in Brazil.

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Attack of the Space Cadets. Offworld Colonies, Racist Repression and ‘Nature-Based Solutions’

Posted on May 18, 2021

For the world’s richest men, the environmental crisis has finally arrived. From fleeing into outer space or fantasylands to science-fiction solutions, capitalists desperately seek fossil-fuelled business as usual to continue.

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Thailand’s imposition of National Parks: The Indigenous Karen People’s struggle for their forests and survival

Posted on Mar 9, 2021

Indigenous Karen People from Bang Kloi returned to their ancestral home in the Kaeng Krachan forests, after years of dispossession due to the creation of a National Park. Karen communities are mobilizing in solidarity to the Bang Kloi communities’ right to return home.

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“Gender” in the palm oil industry and its RSPO label

Posted on Mar 9, 2021

Can the inclusion of gender-specific policies in the operations of oil palm companies and the RSPO certification scheme do more than cover up the violence and structural patriarchy and racism inherent in the plantation model? How, in such context, do these gender policies unfold?

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Ecuador: The certification of industrial shrimp aquaculture intensifies rights violations and the destruction of mangroves

Posted on Mar 9, 2021

Despite the massive clearing of mangroves to make way for shrimp farms, and the oppression of fishing and gathering communities, this industry has access to certifications that not only facilitate its entry into foreign markets; they also conceal a history of violence against the peoples of the mangroves.

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The Indigenous Kinggo’s Struggle to Defend Papua’s Customary Forest

Posted on Mar 9, 2021

The Korindo Group cleared Kinggo’s Indigenous People’s forests for its industrial oil palm plantations. Petrus Kinggo and other community leaders were persuaded to give up customary forest land with misleading and false promises. Now they are fighting against the FSC-certified Korindo.

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(Bahasa indonesia) Petrus kinggo kambenap: pembela hutan adat papua

Posted on Mar 9, 2021

Masyarakat adat setempat mengalami kerugian dan tidak mendapatkan manfaat, kompensasi tidak adil dan menjadi korban kekerasan aparat. Selanjutnya, masyarakat adat setempat menolak dan protes atas ketidakadilan dan kerusakan hutan adat.

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Resistance Against Industrial Oil Palm Plantations in West and Central Africa

Posted on Mar 9, 2021

Communities in West and Central Africa are facing the impacts of industrial oil palm plantations. With the false promise of bringing ‘development’, corporations, backed up with government support, have been granted millions of hectares of land for this expansion.

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Predatory mining in Venezuela: The Orinoco Mining Arc, enclave economies and the National Mining Plan

Posted on Mar 9, 2021

The crisis in Venezuela from 2013 to 2021 has caused the collapse of a nation that was built around oil over the last 100 years. This has created a situation characterized by the emergence of mining-dominated predatory extractivism.

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Why Reject the Privatization of Customary Land

Posted on Mar 9, 2021

For capitalists, the customary and collective land tenure systems are obstacles to wealth creation and the accumulation of profit. There has been a strong pressure for formalizing private property land rights for easing its sale and lease for commercial use. This push must stop now!

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Legal but corrupt

Posted on Jan 15, 2021

The boundary lines between the “legitimate” and the “criminal” have long been paper thin. Indeed, mainstream capitalist enterprise arguably only prospers because its particular forms of looting, theft, fraud and cheating have been blessed with the holy water of “legality”.

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Sexual Exploitation and Violence against Women at the Root of the Industrial Plantation Model

Posted on Jan 15, 2021

Patriarchal oppression is inseparable from the industrial plantation model, and it is at the base of how companies generate profits. Companies target women, including due to their fundamental role in community life.

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Organized land theft for industrial tree plantations in Brazil: The case of AMCEL

Posted on Jan 15, 2021

Land grabbing in Brazil is a clear example of organized crime, of land theft from small farmers.

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Indonesia: Legalizing Crimes Under the Slogan of “Creating Jobs”

Posted on Jan 15, 2021

The government of Indonesia endorsed the criticized Omnibus Law by saying that it is “crucial to attract investment and ultimately create jobs.” The Law is a direct attack on the territories and communities resisting the increasing destruction that has been ongoing for decades in Indonesia.

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(Bahasa Indonesia) Indonesia : Legalisasi Kejahatan di balik slogan ‘Penciptaan Lapangan Kerja’.

Posted on Jan 15, 2021

Pemerintahan Indonesia mengesahkan Omnibus Law yang kontroversial dengan berdalih bahwa ‘Ini penting untuk menarik investasi dan menciptakan lapangan kerja sebanyak-banyaknya’. Undang-Undang Ciptaker merupakan serangan langsung terhadap teritori dan komunitas – yang terus mengalami kehancuran dari dekade ke dekade di Indonesia.

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Law, Crime and Deforestation in the Thai Countryside

Posted on Jan 15, 2021

How are forest crimes defined? In Thailand, forest-dependant communities, rather than the government and companies carrying out large-scale deforestation, became scapegoats for this destruction.

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(Thai) กฎหมาย อาชญากรรม และการตัดไม้ทำลายป่าในพื้นที่ชนบทของไทย

Posted on Jan 15, 2021

อาชญากรรมป่าไม้ มีนิยามอย่างไร ? ในประเทศไทย ในขณะที่รัฐบาลและบริษัทต่างๆ ตัดไม้ทำลายป่าไปเป็นจำนวนมหาศาล ชาวบ้านกลับต้องกลายเป็นแพะรับบาปต่อการทำลายล้างดังกล่าว นโยบายอนุรักษ์ของรัฐบาลมุ่งเน้นไปที่การใช้กฎหมายกับประชาชนที่อยู่ในป่า ด้วยการใช้ความรุนแรงและการก่ออาชญกรรมต่อพวกเขา

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RSPO: outsourcing environmental regulation to oil palm businesses and industry

Posted on Jan 15, 2021

The RSPO certification scheme used the palm oil industry’s legitimacy crisis to strengthen the terrain to the industry’s own advantage by issuing certificates that supposedly guarantee sustainability standards.

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Development: Understandings from the Ground

Posted on Nov 18, 2020

WRM spoke with close allies from Brazil, Gabon, India, Mexico and Mozambique, to hear from them and learn about their understandings of development.

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The Enduring Legacy of a Little-Known World Bank Project to Secure African Plantations for European Billionaires

Posted on Nov 17, 2020

Why haven’t Africa’s post-colonial governments dismantled the colonial plantation model of exploitation and extraction, returned the lands to their people and emboldened a resurgence of Africa’s diverse, local food and farming systems?

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Why Governments should Reject Land Commodification Efforts Orchestrated by the World Bank and the United States

Posted on Nov 17, 2020

The development narrative continues to be revived despite its role in driving the current crisis and the millions of livelihoods it has destroyed through displacement and dispossession.

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Indonesia: REDD+, European Development Funding and the ‘Low-Carbon Economy’

Posted on Nov 17, 2020

How does REDD+ fit into the development agenda in Indonesia? What are the actors involved in promoting REDD+ and with which interests?

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(Bahasa Indonesia) Indonesia: REDD+, Pendanaan Pembangunan Eropa dan ‘Ekonomi Rendah Karbon’

Posted on Nov 17, 2020

Bagaimana REDD+ sejalan dengan agenda pembangunan di Indonesia? Siapa dan apa aktor yang terlibat dalam mempromosikan REDD+ dan dengan kepentingan apa? Artikel ini merefleksikan masalah ini dan peringatan tentang bagaimana REDD+ berperan penting untuk mendorong apa yang disebut pembangunan ‘bersih’, ‘hijau’, dan ‘rendah karbon’.

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European Development Bank Involvement into Congolese Palm Oil Company Perpetuates Racism of Colonial-Era Land Grab

Posted on Nov 17, 2020

European development banks have financed a plantation company in DRC that is built on injustice and violence dating back to a colonial-era land grab. When the company went bankrupt in 2020, the banks chose to uphold the plantation model.

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The African Development Bank and the Tree Plantations Industry

Posted on Nov 17, 2020

In June 2019, a report from the AfDB and WWF Kenya made a call to development-funding agencies, mainly from Europe, and the World Bank, to provide aid money to a new Fund for financing 100,000 hectares of (new) industrial tree plantations, to support the potential development of 500,000 hectares, in Eastern and Southern Africa.

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“It has Always been the same”: Cooperation that does not Cooperate

Posted on Nov 17, 2020

This article is about how so-called ‘development cooperation’ hides, and grants legitimacy to, an agenda of dispossession and capitalist expansion; and how this ‘cooperation’ actually co-opts the political agenda of grassroots movements.

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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 for thousands of residents from Mubende, Uganda. More than 15 years after the company began its operations, 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 is based on the idea of “green” consumerism and benefits some of the biggest retailer and technology companies.

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South Africa: Death by Eucalyptus Monocultures

Posted on Sep 24, 2020

Several of Sappi’s plantations 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.

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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.

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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 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.

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(Bahasa Indonesia) Jalan yang Mengancam Kerusakan Hutan Harapan yang Dilindungi di Sumatera

Posted on Sep 24, 2020

Persetujuan pembangunan jalan di dalam Konsesi Restorasi Ekosistem pertama di Indonesiaterbukti nyata bertolakbelakang dari prinsip yang melekat dari konsesi tersebut. Sebagainegara yang memiliki citra internasional tentang kepedulian terhadap deforestasi,pemerintah malah terlibat dalam memndorong terbitnya kebijakan yang mengarah padadeforestasi yang semakin parah.

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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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(Bahasa Indonesia) 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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(Bahasa Indonesia) Indonesia : Apa yang dimaksud dengan 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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(Bahasa Indonesia) Mendorong “Netral Karbon” : Proyek Restorasi dan Konservasi Perusahaan Multinasional Shell 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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(Bahasa Indonesia) Kekeran Terhadap Perempuan Di Perkebunan Kelapa Sawit

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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