World Rainforest Movement

Poster | September 21st – International Day of Struggle Against Tree Plantations

Posted on Sep 17, 2019

Solidarity with communities standing against tree plantations!

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“We should conserve forests in the first place for the people who depend on the forests”

Posted on Aug 29, 2019

An inteview with Winnie Overbeek, the International Coodinator of the WRM, about the causes and the impacts of the deforestation in the Amazon.

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“Burning the Amazon is a crime against humanity”, Via Campesina Brazil

Posted on Aug 27, 2019

It should be clear for society that this is not an isolated phenomenon. In fact, it is the result of a series of actions taken by agribusinesses and big miners.

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Why is no action being taken to arrest the killer of DR Congo land defender Joël Imbangola Lunea?

Posted on Aug 16, 2019

In a statement released on 14 August 2019, RIAO-RDC and support organisations call on DRC authorities to immediately find and arrest the murder suspect. Weeks have passed since the killing of Joël Imbangola Lunea without an arrest of the murder suspect.

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Land defender violently killed by a security guard of a Canadian palm oil company in the DR Congo

Posted on Jul 23, 2019

A member of the Congolese environmental and human rights organisation RIAO-RDC was brutally killed by a security guard of the Canadian palm oil company Feronia Inc. on Sunday, July 21, 2019, near the company’s Boteka plantations in Bempumba, Eqauteur Province, DRC.

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

Posted on Jul 15, 2019

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

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The Amazon: Roads and Highways are Hubs of Deforestation

Posted on Jul 15, 2019

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

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Clean Energy? Dams that Destroy in Guatemala

Posted on Jul 15, 2019

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

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How the rich and powerful hijack resistance victories

Posted on Jul 15, 2019

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

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Dam displacements in Malaysia: gender insights

Posted on Jul 15, 2019

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

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

Posted on Jul 15, 2019

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

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The WRM bulletin 241 is available in Swahili

Posted on Jul 4, 2019

The bulletin “Voices From The Ground: Communities In Movement And Resistance Strategies”, N° 241, is available in Swahili.

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A 40 meses del asesinato de Berta Cáceres exigimos juicio y castigo para los autores intelectuales del crimen

Posted on Jul 4, 2019

Only available in Spanish.

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Global Campaign Highlights Worldwide Rejection of GE-Trees In Advance of International Tree Biotech Conference

Posted on Jun 21, 2019

The global Campaign to STOP Genetically Engineered Trees is in Raleigh, NC during the 2019 Tree Biotechnology Conference of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO).

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NGOs oppose the oil industry’s Natural Climate Solutions and demand that Eni and Shell keep fossil fuels in the ground

Posted on May 17, 2019

Oil giants Eni and Shell have both recently announced plans to use trees to offset some of their ever increasing carbon emissions. On May 13th, NGOs put out a statement opposing the oil industry’s attempts to avoid its responsibility for climate breakdown.

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Brazil: Letter of the Indigenous Peoples to the governments of Germany and California

Posted on May 15, 2019

Chiefs and leaders of indigenous peoples in Acre published a letter addressed to the governments of Germany and California, reporting that millionaire funds are coming to the state of Acre for REDD and PES payments, without transparency and benefiting few indigenous people.

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International appeal against evictions of forest dwellers in India

Posted on Apr 12, 2019

Appeal to India, to its Supreme Court, States, Party Leaders, to the NHRC, NCST and to the UN organs to protect millions forest dwellers’ Human Rights and biocultural diversity from forced evictions.

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India: Communities face additional threats. They still need your support!!

Posted on Apr 10, 2019

The petition to support forest dwelling communities remains open for sign-on until April 19th 2019. You can sign on here.

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Defend FRA and Scrap Indian Forest Act!

Posted on Apr 10, 2019

Resist the anti-adivasi designs of the BJP government!

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Shareables: Educating FAO, an urgent need! – March 21st 2019

Posted on Mar 18, 2019

FAO chose Forests and Education as the theme for 2019 and underlines the importance of investing in forest education. But what does FAO mean by “forest education”?

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

Posted on Mar 11, 2019

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

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Join the call for a new approach to conservation

Posted on Mar 11, 2019

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

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Brazil: Support Cacique Babau and his family

Posted on Mar 11, 2019

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

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India: Stop brutal “Shoot on sight”!

Posted on Mar 11, 2019

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

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Cambodian Peasants Against the Bolloré Group

Posted on Mar 11, 2019

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

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Argentina: No to Genetically Modified Seeds!

Posted on Mar 11, 2019

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

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WWF funds guards who have tortured and killed people

Posted on Mar 11, 2019

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

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India: Community Based Conservation Amidst Conflict

Posted on Mar 11, 2019

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

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“The Big Conservation Lie”

Posted on Mar 11, 2019

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

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

Posted on Mar 11, 2019

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

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

Posted on Mar 11, 2019

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

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Breaking the silence: Industrial oil palm and rubber plantations bring harassment, sexual violence and abuse against women

Posted on Mar 7, 2019

Press release. March 7, 2019.

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India: Reject attempts to reinterpret and subvert the FRA. Deepen the struggles

Posted on Mar 1, 2019

Statement from All India Forum of Forest Movements (AIFFM), 28 February, 2019.

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Forest dwelling communities in India urgently need your support!

Posted on Feb 22, 2019

Please endorse the letter enclosed below that will be sent to the Indian Supreme Court and the Prime Minister of India urging them to stop this injustice!

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Defend India’s forests and forest peoples: Defend Forest Rights Act!

Posted on Feb 22, 2019

Press Release. The Supreme Court of India, hearing a decade-old petition challenging the constitutional validity of the Forest Rights Act, ordered that forest dwellers whose claims for recognition of forest rights have been rejected would have to be evicted in a summary and time-bound manner.

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Support Cacique Babau and his family

Posted on Feb 21, 2019

Cacique Babau, from Serra do Padeiro Tupinambá community (Brazil), has been suffering repeated threats. People and social organizations, through a letter to the Governor, demand that the state guarantee his safety. We urge you to sign-on the letter in solidarity.

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Report of the fact finding mission on the Human Rights situation in Malen Chiefdom after the violent incidents in January 2019

Posted on Jan 31, 2019

This report, released on January 29th 2019, was made by human rights defenders in Sierra Leone, concerned for the detention of activists and the death of two people who sustained gunshots from allegedly the state security personnel acting to protect SOCFIN on January 21th 2019

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Press release: Land Rights Defenders Condemn Gross Human Rights Abuses in Sahn Malen

Posted on Jan 31, 2019

Proponents of land rights in Sierra Leone note with grave concern the grave human rights violations against members of the Malen Affected Landowners and users Association (MALOA) who were dispossessed of their land by the agro–based multinational SOCFIN investment company.

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Press release: In Sierra Leone, Land rights defenders under attack

Posted on Jan 24, 2019

Civil Society working on land governance and human rights in Sierra Leone and internationally are concerned over the excessive use of force by state security personnel since Monday 21st, January, 2019 in Malen chiefdom, Pujehun district during which two people were allegedly killed by gun shots.

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Support this declaration! Chico Mendes in the Standoff Against the False Solutions of Green Capitalism*

Posted on Dec 22, 2018

The declaration is open for sign-on in solidarity until 31 January 2019.

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Chico Mendes, 30 anos depois

Posted on Dec 11, 2018

(Only available in Portuguese) Os povos das florestas convidam a Marcha em Xapuri: Com Chico Mendes no empate contra o capitalismo verde. 14 de dezembro, 17 h, Xapuri, Acre, Brasil.

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Press release: Organizations Denounce the RSPO for Greenwashing the Oil Palm Industry’s Destruction and Violence

Posted on Nov 11, 2018

On November 12, with the endorsement of organizations from five continents, Friends of the Earth International and World Rainforest Movement publish an open statement denouncing the failure of the RSPO to eliminate the violence and destruction that oil palm plantations.

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

Posted on Nov 8, 2018

Within the framework of September 21, International day of Struggle against Monoculture Tree Plantations, women affected by OLAM’s oil...

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Sign the statement! RSPO: 14 years failing to eliminate violence and destruction from the industrial palm oil sector

Posted on Oct 31, 2018

We invite organizations to sign on and support the statement, which denounces that the RSPO, since it was created 14 years ago, has been a tool that served the corporate interests of the oil palm sector

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

Posted on Sep 21, 2018

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

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Declaration: No to abuse against women in industrial oil palm plantations

Posted on Sep 18, 2018

We said it in Mundemba, Cameroon, we reiterated it in Port Loko, Sierra Leone, we re-affirm this in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire: the abuse against women in and around industrial oil palm plantations must STOP!

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Argentina: Alert for the serious situation of the mbya guaraní Ysyry community

Posted on Sep 7, 2018

Available only in Spanish

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REDD Early Movers (REM) in Acre, Brazil

Posted on Jul 25, 2018

(Available only in Portuguese and German)

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Bolloré Loses Court Case in France

Posted on Jul 9, 2018

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

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

Posted on Jul 9, 2018

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

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

Posted on Jul 9, 2018

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

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Forest Fires in Portugal: When Corporate Power Kills

Posted on Jul 9, 2018

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

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Cambodia: hydroelectric dam plan could kill the Mekong River

Posted on Jul 9, 2018

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

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Brazil: Sena Madureira Declaration, June 17, 2018

Posted on Jun 26, 2018

People from the forests gathered in Sena Madureira, Acre, to denounce the false solutions of green capitalism and demand their right to their lands.

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The dangers of transgenic trees

Posted on May 24, 2018

Transgenic Trees Will Expand the Disaster of Tree Plantations. Already in Chile monoculture plantations of pine and eucalyptus are producing terrible impacts on rural communities, on people’s health, access to water, agriculture and forests.

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

Posted on Apr 29, 2018

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

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India: stop evictions from tiger reserves!

Posted on Apr 29, 2018

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

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Who will feed us?

Posted on Apr 29, 2018

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

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Finnish activists protest against Stora Enso and Veracel

Posted on Apr 29, 2018

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

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Where does all the gold processed in Switzerland come from?

Posted on Apr 29, 2018

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

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Support WRM

Posted on Apr 3, 2018

Your contribution will help WRM to continue supporting community struggles, and researching and exposing the direct and underlying causes...

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Press release: Women demand that oil palm companies stop violence and give back community land

Posted on Mar 7, 2018

International Press release. March 7, 2018. Women demand that oil palm companies stop violence and give back community land On 8 March,...

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Documental: “Monocultura: La expansión de los monocultivos en América latina”

Posted on Feb 20, 2018

(Only available in Spanish). Documental sobre la expansión de monocultivos de palma aceitera y piña en América Latina, realizado por Aldo Santiago, periodista mexicano independiente, y Claudia Ramos, integrante de la organización Otros Mundos A.C./Amigos de la Tierra México. Duración: 35 minutos. Idioma: Español.

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Sign the petition! African women demand that oil palm companies give back their land and stop the violence

Posted on Jan 17, 2018

Support African women! Sign the petition included on this article by filling the form enclosed below. Organized women who live around...

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Success!!

Posted on Jan 3, 2018

Global Campaign to Reclaim Peoples Sovereignty, Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity press release: The UN session in New York was...

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Letter to FSC for complicity in crimes and impacts of industrial forestry exploitation in Chile

Posted on Nov 6, 2017

Available only in English and Spanish

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In memoriam of Wally Menne – “Plantations are not Forests”

Posted on Oct 30, 2017

As WRM team, we are shocked and sad with the news that Wally Menne passed away, given the force and energy with which Wally always...

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Police block peaceful action by women affected by SOCFIN oil palm plantation in Sierra Leone

Posted on Sep 26, 2017

MALOA, SILNORF, WRM, Bread for All and GRAIN | 25 September 2017 On September 21, 2017 about 150 to 200 women were stopped by police on...

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Motion of rejection and solidarity with local leaders facing threats in Acre – Brazil

Posted on Aug 4, 2017

Press Release   More than 80 organizations and individuals from all over the world sent today the letter enclosed below to relevant...

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Xapuri Declaration, May 28, 2017

Posted on Jun 14, 2017

We, forest dwellers, rubber tappers, Apurinã, Huni Kui, Jaminawa, Manchineri and Shawadawa indigenous people, members of supportive...

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Petición de cancelación al modelo extractivo minero en Panamá

Posted on Apr 20, 2017

Firma esta petición 1. Transcurrida más de una década, a partir de las impositivas medidas neoliberales en nuestro país, las...

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Portucel – The Process of acquiring access to landand the rights of local communities

Posted on Apr 18, 2017

The report “Portucel – the Process of acquiring access to land and the rights of local communities” was published by Justiça...

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The advance of Forest Plantations on the Farmers Territories in the Nacala corridor: the case of Green Resources Mozambique

Posted on Apr 18, 2017

The report “The advance of Forest Plantations on the Farmers Territories in the Nacala corridor: the case of Green Resources...

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The Poetic and Haunting Death of Patmi of Mt. Kendeng, Java, Indonesia

Posted on Mar 28, 2017

An obituary. By Hendro Sangkoyo (1) Patmi, 48, met her Maker very early morning on last Tuesday, the 21st of March 2017, during the short...

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This non-sense must stop – an animated gif on FAO’s Forest definition

Posted on Mar 14, 2017

We have created this animated gif  showing why the FAO must change its forest definition, to be shared on the social networks. Please feel...

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A un año del asesinato de Berta Cáceres

Posted on Mar 3, 2017

Only available in Spanish. Convocatoria del COPINH (Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras): El 2 de marzo...

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A un año del asesinato de Berta Cáceres – Comunicado de la RECOMA

Posted on Mar 3, 2017

Only available in Spanish América Latina, 02 de marzo de 2017  A un año del asesinato de Berta Cáceres A un año del intento de...

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International Statement: Our Land is Worth More Than Carbon

Posted on Feb 8, 2017

The Paris Agreement enshrined the principle of compensation in dealing with the climate crisis. This means that emissions actually do not...

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International Statement

Posted on Feb 8, 2017

Marrakech declaration against the summit of false solutions and for a fair and sustainable future for all peoples. For real alternatives...

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International Declaration: Large-scale bioenergy must be excluded from the Renewable Energy definition

Posted on Feb 8, 2017

Declaration from February 2016. The EU is provoking a global expansion in industrial bioenergy use and the rapid development and expansion...

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Report: Cooling the Planet: Frontline Communities Lead the Struggle

Posted on Feb 8, 2017

Voices from the Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles. Small-scale food producers and consumers – the frontline communities –...

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The Ecuadorean government has desisted in its intent to close Acción Ecoloógica

Posted on Jan 20, 2017

We share below the letter sent by Acción Ecológica thanking all the support received from the international level. We emphasize that,...

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Solidaridad con Acción ecológica – Comunicado de la RECOMA

Posted on Jan 18, 2017

América Latina, 26 de diciembre de 2016 La Red Latinoamericana contra los Monocultivos de Árboles (RECOMA) expresa su apoyo y solidaridad...

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Urgent Action Alert – To the Equadorian Government: Against the double extractivist hunting

Posted on Dec 21, 2016

Letter to be sent to: Dr Rafael Correa, President of Ecuador rafael.correa@presidencia.gob.ec Ministro de...

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Regarding the Ecuadorian Government’s Move to Close Acción Ecológica – URGENT PRESS RELEASE

Posted on Dec 21, 2016

Acción Ecológica denounces the request made by Diego Torres Saldaña, Deputy Minister of Internal Security, to the Minister of...

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New report: Land conflicts and shady finances plague DR Congo palm oil company backed by development funds

Posted on Nov 3, 2016

2 November 2016. European and US development funds are bankrolling palm oil company Feronia Inc despite land and labour conflicts at its...

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¡Basta de Represión Contra l@s que Defienden la Tierra y el Territorio en Honduras!

Posted on Oct 31, 2016

Only available in Spanish. Comunicado de Otros Mundos A.C. / Amigos de la Tierra México – San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas,...

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Oilwatch’s Call for a De-petroleum-ized Habitat

Posted on Oct 26, 2016

The General Assembly of Oilwatch, which is celebrating its 20 years of existence, and met in Quito in the framework of the Social Forum...

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Honduras: Murder attempts against the General Coordinator and a community leader of COPINH

Posted on Oct 21, 2016

The Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH, for its Spanish acronym) denounces to the national and...

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Week of Peoples Mobilisation in Geneva (Switzerland) from 24th to 29th October

Posted on Oct 19, 2016

https://vimeo.com/185113932 From 24th to 28th October the Second Session of the Open Ended Inter-Governmental Working Group (OEIGWG) at...

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Press release: A petition delivered to the Mozambique government and tree plantations companies urging them to give the land back to communities

Posted on Oct 11, 2016

On September 30, a petition was delivered with 12,323 signatures from several national and international organisations, as well as from...

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Declaración de la Red Latinoamericana contra los Monocultivos de Árboles – RECOMA

Posted on Sep 20, 2016

Only available in Spanish or Portuguese 21 de setiembre de 2016 Día Internacional de Lucha contra los Monocultivos de Árboles Descargar...

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Shareables regarding the the International Day of Struggle against Tree Monocultures

Posted on Sep 15, 2016

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Palm Oil’s Toxic Legacy in Sayaxché, Guatemala – by FoE

Posted on Sep 15, 2016

Saul Paau, a Q’eqchi’ Mayan community leader, describes the environmental and social devastation wrought by the palm oil industry in...

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COPINH: statement six months after the assassination of COPINH’s general coordinator, Berta Cáceres Flores.

Posted on Sep 5, 2016

The Civil Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras, 6 months after the assassination of COPINH’s General Coordinator,...

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“Sacred Sites are living places”: the voices of Custodians in Africa

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

The short film “Sacred Voices”, supported by the African Biodiversity Network and the Gaia Foundation, shares the messages of eight...

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“When murder and abuse become systemic”: violence and impunity across Asia

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

The recently released Newsletter from Focus on the Global South draws attention to the alarming escalation of violence against...

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COPINH: Comunicado sobre el asesinato de la compañera Lesbia Yaneth Urquía Urquía

Posted on Jul 15, 2016

Only available in Spanish. El Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras con mucho pesar comunica a la comunidad...

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Under the radar: A brief summary of the situation of environmental defenders in Central Africa

Posted on Jul 15, 2016

This report aims to draw attention to violations and threats that environmental justice defenders in Central Africa are facing,...

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West African women defend traditional palm oil

Posted on Jul 15, 2016

A video produced by GRAIN shows how rural women in West Africa are working to protect traditional palm oil production in the face of the...

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