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Complete the WRM Bulletin Survey!

Posted on Aug 24, 2020

We invite you to complete the survey. Your inputs, suggestions and constructive critiques are essential for the planning and production of the WRM Bulletin.

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Audio: Impacts of Covid-19 on Forest Dependant Peoples

Posted on Aug 6, 2020

Here we share some fragments of a conversation between the journalist Margaret Prescod, from the Sojourner Truth radio show on KPFK Radio,...

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Campaign to STOP Genetically Engineered Trees: 20 years after

Posted on Jun 29, 2020

Twenty years after the founding of the Campaign to STOP GE Trees, groups in the Campaign are launching a new website & video, among other tools, to accompany the relaunch of their effort to prevent the release of genetically engineered trees into the environment.

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DR Congo: Communities take back control over land stolen from them and urge the oil palm company Feronia to confirm their announcement to “abandon” the land

Posted on Jun 16, 2020

More than 100 years ago, lands were stolen from communities in DR Congo for industrial oil palm production. Since 2009, those lands are under control of the company FERONIA.

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Land conflicts between plantation company SOCFIN and communities in Sierra Leone

Posted on May 13, 2020

Civil society organizations welcomed a Technical Committee report set up by the government of Sierra Leone to look into a legal dispute...

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International appeal to stop violence against the peoples in Colombia

Posted on May 13, 2020

Different national and international movements, organizations and networks condemn and vigorously denounce the systematic and selective...

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Legalising land theft in Brazil while the focus is on Covid-19

Posted on May 13, 2020

While most media is focusing on the Covid-19 crisis, new land laws in Brazil stand to usher an unprecedented dispossession of rural land...

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How have Asian Governments responded to the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Posted on May 13, 2020

In the opening article for the Focus on the Global South newsletter, Shalmali Guttal alerts on how lockdowns in Pakistan, India, Thailand,...

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An activist resource pack in front of the pandemic

Posted on May 13, 2020

The African women network against resource extraction (WOMIN) has compiled useful information for activists confronting the measures...

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The Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST) plant 1,000 trees in an encampment in Paraná, Brazil

Posted on May 13, 2020

500 native trees and 500 fruit trees were planted at the Maila Sabrina camp, during the closing of the Training Course for Pedagogical...

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Organisations ask Sierra Leone Government to move forward with resolution of the land conflict between plantation company Socfin and communities

Posted on Apr 16, 2020

The completion of a report is an important step towards finding a resolution to the long-standing land dispute in the Malen Chiefdom.

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Martin, we remember

Posted on Apr 4, 2020

Martin Khor (1951-2020), Third World Network’s Chairman and former Director, passed away on 1 April 2020 in his home in Penang, Malaysia. Martin was one of the founders of the WRM.

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March 21st | UN International Day of Forests

Posted on Mar 19, 2020

This year, the theme chosen by the UN is “Forests and Biodiversity: Too Precious to Lose”. But how can the UN highlight this when its main policies related to forests and biodiversity allow for large-scale deforestation and biodiversity destruction?

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March 8 | Women’s Day

Posted on Mar 7, 2020

Women, particularly those who depend on forests for their livelihoods and sustenance, face many struggles.

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The Development Dictionary

Posted on Jan 13, 2020

This 1992 book, edited by Wolfgang Sachs, compiles more than 15 key concepts that served as a basis for, and a way to expand, destructive...

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Traps, Dilemmas and Contradictions of the Rights Discourse in the Forests

Posted on Jan 13, 2020

Another reflection around a key concept for forests and forest-dependant people is the WRM’s Bulletin 234, from November 2017, which...

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Nature-Based Solutions: Whose interests are behind?

Posted on Jan 13, 2020

A post from the REDD-Monitor blog opens up the space for a needed debate about the politics surrounding so-called nature-based or natural...

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FSC: Rebranding logging as a “sustainable” activity

Posted on Jan 13, 2020

ARTE, the European TV channel, broadcasted a documentary about FSC entitled: “The exploitation of primary forests: Can an ecolabel stop...

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Regulated Destruction: How Biodiversity Offsetting enables environmental destruction

Posted on Jan 13, 2020

A recent report by Friends of the Earth International highlights how classic, stringent regulations are being swapped for much more lenient...

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Statement from Indigenous Mapuche and others in Chile: No to market-based schemes!

Posted on Jan 13, 2020

Chile was to be the host of the UN Climate Summit. But in the face of a massive popular uprising against the neoliberal economic model,...

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Cuidanderas: Guardians of the Amazon

Posted on Nov 25, 2019

CUIDANDERAS is a mini-series from the Urgent Action Fund for Latin America and the Caribbean (UAF-LAC). It presents stories of Latin...

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“Sexy killers”: Coal extraction in Indonesia

Posted on Nov 25, 2019

Directed by Dandhy Dwi Laksono and Ucok Suparta, “Sexy Killers” is a 2019 Indonesian documentary film that portrays the coal mining...

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Chocked by coal: The carbon catastrophe in Bangladesh

Posted on Nov 25, 2019

Published by Market Forces and 350.org, and co-published by Bangladesh Poribesh Andolan (BAPA), Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB)...

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The Black Snake of Peru’s Amazon: The Northern Peruvian pipeline

Posted on Nov 25, 2019

Since 1979, more than 100 oil spills have occurred along the North Peruvian pipeline – a mega construction, stretching a massive 1,106 km...

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Four Years Later: International Condemnation of Brazil for Tailings Dam Break

Posted on Nov 25, 2019

Four years after the collapse of Samarco’s tailings dam in Mariana, organizations and movements presented a case before the...

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Just(ice) transition is a post-extractivist transition

Posted on Nov 25, 2019

This recent publication from War on Want and London Mining Network highlights the immediate need for a full and rapid transition away from...

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Harassment and arbitrary arrests of land defenders in the DRC

Posted on Nov 8, 2019

Community leaders and traditional chiefs in areas affected by the plantations of Canadian company PHC-Feronia in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) continue to suffer all kinds of massive human rights violations.

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Historic process continues at the UN: Substantive negotiations of the text of a binding treaty on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights

Posted on Oct 18, 2019

The UN Inter-governmental Working Group (IGWG) discussing a treaty on “transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights,” enters its fifth round of negotiations at the UN.

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Chile: Territorial voices on the mega-expansion of Celulosa Arauco

Posted on Sep 30, 2019

The campaign, “Territorial Voices on the MAPA Project: Testimonies about the mega-expansion of Celulosa Arauco,” seeks to shine a light...

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Documentary that accuses Veracel Celulose of bribery, land appropriation and violence is screened for the second time in Finland

Posted on Sep 30, 2019

TV Yle, Finland’s national public broadcasting channel, has produced a documentary about the participation of Stora Enso, a...

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Africa: The RSPO certification for palm oil plantations is greenwash!

Posted on Sep 30, 2019

RSPO is the most widely used voluntary certification system for palm oil companies and it hold its 3rd African Sustainable Palm Oil...

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Trees to Solve the World’s Problems? From Genetically Engineered Trees for the Bioeconomy – to the Trillion Tree Proposal and Business for Nature

Posted on Sep 30, 2019

This report -by Anne Petermann and Orin Langelle, Global Justice Ecology Project- examines events and research publicized between 23 June...

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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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Help stop the advance of oil palm plantations in Gabon!

Posted on Sep 13, 2019

We need your support! We call on organizations, groups, networks and movements to sign this petition in solidarity with Gabonese communities threatened by OLAM / SOTRADER plantations. You can adhere until Thursday, September 19.

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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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Posted on Jun 7, 2018

The World Rainforest Movement (WRM) will use your data only to send you news such as the WRM bulletin, action alerts, new publications,...

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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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Global Campaign to Reclaim Peoples Sovereignty, Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity Public Statement

Posted on Dec 21, 2017

Attempt at Sabotage in New York: the European Union aims to Eliminate the Financing of the United Nations Intergovernmental Working Group...

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