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Aviation and false solutions: The farce of the “Florestal Santa Maria” REDD project in Mato Grosso, Brazil

Posted on Jun 14, 2018

The FSM-REDD project has sold carbon credits to offset programs for at least two airline companies. Yet behind this is an increase in deforestation in the region, a history of land grabbing, the use of certifications that no longer exist and unfulfilled promises to local communities.

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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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Peasant communities and those dependent on the forests united in struggle

Posted on Apr 29, 2018

In solidarity with the International Day of Peasant Struggle. A day to remember, emphasize and mobilize together against the persecution and violence that peasants suffer on a daily basis around the world.

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Brazil: The cerrado and the city of Três Lagoas under the control of the paper industry

Posted on Apr 29, 2018

On how pulp and paper companies are expanding in these territories while neutralizing community resistance in a process in which the population ends up economically and symbolically dependent on the companies.

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Uruguay: the threat of a third mega pulp mill

Posted on Apr 29, 2018

In 2017, the Finnish company UPM signed a contract with the Uruguayan government to establish a third mega pulp mill. The project is subject to exorbitant conditions imposed by the multinational.

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Envira REDD+ project in Acre, Brazil: Gold certificate from carbon certifiers for empty promises

Posted on Apr 29, 2018

A rubber tappers community, part of a 40,000-hectare REDD+ project, faces a difficult struggle to maintain their way of life. The project has already sold carbon credits, yet to date only provided the local community with dental kits and a visit to the dentist.

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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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Another lie from oil palm companies: they claim to prevent violence against women

Posted on Mar 9, 2018

“12 Replies to 12 Lies about Oil Palm Monoculture Plantations” has been updated. The publication now includes a chapter about how oil palm companies lie when they say they respect women’s rights.

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Women and plantations: When violence becomes invisible

Posted on Mar 7, 2018

This bulletin, on International Women’s Day, is a call for direct and radical solidarity with those women who suffer, resist, organize and mobilize against the daily violence and abuse that industrial plantations cause.

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Guatemala and Colombia: Women facing oil palm plantations

Posted on Mar 7, 2018

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

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

Posted on Mar 7, 2018

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

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Marching forward: Women, resistance and counter-power:

Posted on Mar 7, 2018

The Transnational Institute’s State of Power 2018 report highlights three interviews with women activists who have displayed incredible...

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The Brazilian Energy Model and Violations of Women’s Rights

Posted on Mar 7, 2018

The Movement of Dam-Affected peoples in Brazil (MAB, by its Portuguese acronym) warns that the construction of dams affects women more...

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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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No to ProSavana Campaign: Peoples’ Declaration

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

The Third Triangular Conference of the Peoples—organized by the No to ProSavana Campaign—brought together people and organizations...

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Study Links Eucalyptus Monoculture to Water Scarcity in Minas, Brazil

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

Almost five decades after their planting began, eucalyptus plantations have become the main cause of the deterioration of water resources...

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

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

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

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

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

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

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

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

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

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Brazil: Land occupation wins award for producing food free of agrochemicals while restoring the forest

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

Since 2003, the camp that bears the name of environmentalist, José Lutzenberger, has reconciled the production of foods free of...

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The sin of being a woman and ecologist in Latin America

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

The current wave of murders directly aimed at environmental and feminist activists demands a reflection that includes a gender perspective....

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New report reveals the murder of Berta Cáceres was not an isolated incident. Join the petition for justice!!

Posted on Nov 8, 2017

A research about Berta Cáceres case, done by International Advisory Group of Experts (GAIPE) has been launched on October 31st in...

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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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Brazil: Indigenous Peoples from Acre declare their rejection of REDD policies and their support to CIMI

Posted on Oct 3, 2017

Indigenous Peoples from Acre in Brazil declare their rejection of REDD policies and their support for the work carried out by the...

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REDD Early Movers: The fallacy of the Green Economy

Posted on Sep 28, 2017

REDD Early Movers – Jurisdictional REDD One of the objectives of the 2016 coup was to increase the Brazilian State’s support for...

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

Posted on Sep 21, 2017

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

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Industrial teak tree plantations in Ecuador: occupying and destroying fertile lands and water sources

Posted on Sep 21, 2017

Teak is a native tree from Southeast Asia, and it played an important role in colonialism in that region. British loggers extracted most of...

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Frankentrees: Genetically engineered tree plantations threaten forests and communities

Posted on Sep 21, 2017

Photo: STOP GE Trees Campaign Genetically engineered (GE) trees are being developed to expand the existing disaster of industrial tree...

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Argentina: New law promotes tree plantations in Cordoba Province

Posted on Sep 21, 2017

Photo: Ecos Córdoba. Located in the central region of Argentina, Cordoba is one of the five largest provinces in the country. Between...

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Brazil, Mining and Biodiversity: From environmental degraders to environmental services providers: When the line between destroying and conserving is merely rhetorical

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

The parliamentary coup that brought Michel Temer’s illegitimate government to power, was not what set in motion one of the central...

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Colombia: Environmental Offsets, Legitimizing Extraction

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

Colombia is one of the first Latin American countries to set up and implement specific rules and regulations on biodiversity offsets. In...

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Environmental offsets in Panama: A strategy that opens up protected areas to mining

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

Minera Panamá (MPSA), owned by Canadian company First Quantum, has a concession to conduct open-pit copper mining in the Donoso District,...

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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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Motion of rejection and solidarity with leaders from communities and organizations from the State of Acre in Brazil who are being pressured and threatened

Posted on Jul 24, 2017

July 21, 2017 Dear friends, We need your support to the motion enclosed below in solidarity with leaders  from communities and...

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Report on Transparency in the Carbon Market in Pará, Brazil    

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

Artigo 19 launches its report “I came here to understand: What is carbon? Access to information and the green economy in...

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Oilwatch: New Frontiers of Energy Extraction in Latin America  

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

Focused on what are called “extreme energies,” an Oilwatch report brings together ten articles that discuss and challenge...

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Defending Indigenous Peoples in Voluntary Isolation in Brazil and Peru

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

In support of indigenous organizations in Peru, the Indigenous Missionary Council of Brazil (CIMI) expresses great concern for and stands...

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Agua Zarca in Honduras: The Banks’ Trap  

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

Since 2013, the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) has demanded the withdrawal of the banks—FMO...

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Women in the anti-mining struggle in El Salvador: “We are that swarm of bees”

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

In March 2017 the people of El Salvador won a huge victory. The Metal Mining Ban ruled absolute prohibition on mining exploration,...

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Dercy Teles on the popular movement of rubber tappers in Brazil

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

Dercy Teles of Carvalho was the first female president of a Brazilian Rural Workers’ Union, in the town of Xapuri, Acre in 1981....

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Crisis and oil depletion in Venezuela: Mega-mining and new frontiers of extraction

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

Venezuela is well known for being one of the main oil exporters in the world, and now also because of the major crisis it is currently...

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Amazonian and Andean women in the VIII Pan-Amazonian Forum

Posted on Jul 7, 2017

How to make the sustainability of life the center of debate The VIII Pan-Amazonian Forum, held from April 28th to May 1st, 2017 in...

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Chile: Rebuilding productive resistance after the forest fires

Posted on Jul 7, 2017

At the beginning of 2017, the south central region of Chile suffered a wave of fires that lasted for several weeks and affected around...

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Genetically Engineered Trees: A technology that expands monoculture plantations

Posted on Jul 7, 2017

The January 2017 bulletin focused on the numerous initiatives being announced worldwide that promote the expansion of millions of hectares...

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Southeast Is Ground Zero for Genetically Engineered Trees

Posted on Jul 5, 2017

By BJ McManama, published on EcoWatch ArborGen Corporation, a multinational conglomerate and leading supplier of seedlings for commercial...

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Declaration from the Campaign to STOP GE Tree

Posted on Jun 15, 2017

After IUFRO: Campaign Denounces Violence of Timber Industry “Get the forestry corporations out of UdeC” & “Ciao IUFRO” Photo:...

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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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Water and Pulp: The North’s Thirst and the South’s Resistance

Posted on May 15, 2017

About fifty years ago, Aracruz Celulose, now called Fibria, replaced original Atlantic Forest with the first fast-growing eucalyptus...

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The Daily Struggle of Kichwa Women in Sarayaku, Ecuador

Posted on May 15, 2017

Foto: Esteffany Bravo S. It is almost lunchtime and Rita does not have firewood left for cooking. Equipped with an axe and a large basket,...

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The Ngäbe and Buglé Resistance: Keeping extractive industries out of their territories

Posted on May 15, 2017

With a history plagued by outrage and territorial imposition since colonization, the indigenous Ngäbe-Buglé peoples of western Panama...

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Food Production and Consumption: Resistance against domination

Posted on May 15, 2017

To begin to discuss in depth the production and consumption of food, especially in a country like Brazil, it is necessary to recall and...

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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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Report: Grow-ing disaster: the Fortune 500 goes farming

Posted on Apr 6, 2017

The world’s largest agribusiness corporations are rolling out a public-private partnership programme to take control of food and...

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Honduras: The deadliest country in the world for environmental activism

Posted on Apr 6, 2017

More than 120 people have been killed in Honduras since 2009 for standing up to companies that grab land and destroy forests, a January...

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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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Brazil: Land for food production, not pulp for export

Posted on Feb 8, 2017

In the Brazilian state of Espirito Santo, the Landless Peasant Movement MST is occupying some 400 hectares of land appropriated by pulp...

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Chile: New wave of forest fires

Posted on Feb 8, 2017

Organizations in Chile demand an end to the national policy and instruments that have been created to favor the development of tree...

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Main initiatives to expand tree plantations in Latin America, Africa and Asia

Posted on Feb 7, 2017

Years before governments adopted the Paris Agreement, international initiatives promising millions of hectares of reforestation and forest...

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Will the Paris Agreement Save Forests?

Posted on Feb 7, 2017

In December 2015, the Paris Agreement was celebrated with great fanfare. This agreement, part of the United Nations Framework Convention...

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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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Ecuador: Conflict generated between Tagaeri-Taromenane indigenous peoples in isolation and an indigenous Woarani community

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

The Ecuadorian Amazon is experiencing many incidents of economic, political and socio-cultural conflict. These are mainly related to the...

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USA: National Meeting Makes Plans to Stop Genetically Engineered Trees

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

Indigenous peoples, scientists, lawyers and environmental experts met October 12-18 to discuss impacts of and strategies to halt...

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Peoples’ traditional knowledge embedded in their territory versus “traditional knowledge” in the UN Convention on Biological Diversity

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

Interview with Blanca Chancoso, Kichwa member of the Otavalo peoples and vicepresident of ECUARUNARI – the Kichwa Confederation of...

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Trade deals threaten peasant farmer’s stewardship of seed biodiversity

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

Skilful selection and nurturing of the seeds best suited to a particular location are at the heart of peasant farming and agroforestry...

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“Reasons for Taking Legal Action”: New Resistance Movements to Defend Guatemalan Indigenous Communities’ Heritage

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

Guatemala is located in the heart of Mesoamerica. Its enormous cultural diversity is a historical legacy of the Mayan culture, in which...

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The Brazilian Biodiversity Law: Progress or Threat?

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

On May 20th 2015, then Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff, approved Law 13.123/2015, which was published as the new Brazilian Legal...

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Kam puni ya ku towa mawese ka tika DRC ikiungwa mkono na misaada ya maendeleo inakabiliwa na migogoro ya ardhi na kashfa ya fedha

Posted on Nov 4, 2016

SWAHILI. Ripoti hii iliandaliwa na umoja wa shirika za kiraia za DRC na Ulaya. Ni muendelezo wa ripoti ya mwezi wa Juni mwaka 2015 ambayo...

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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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Entwicklungsbankkunde in der Kritik Landrechtskonflikte und undurchsichtige Finanztransaktionen bei kongolesischer Palmölfirma

Posted on Nov 3, 2016

GERMAN. Der Bericht wurde von einer Gruppe von Nicht-Regierungs-Organisationen aus der DR Kongo und Europa erarbeitet. Er vervollständigt...

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Société moko ya mbila na RDC ézali kosungana na lisungi ya tombwa ekutani na ba mikaatano ya mabele mpe ya misolo

Posted on Nov 3, 2016

LINGALA. Lapolo oyo esalemi na lisanga ya balobeli (société Civile) ya RDC mpe baye ba Europe. Ekomami na bolandaka lapolo mwa sanza ya...

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

Posted on Nov 3, 2016

This report was produced by a coalition of civil society organisations in the DRC and Europe. It builds on a June 2015 report that brought...

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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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No to REDD+ in El Salvador!

Posted on Oct 21, 2016

The Climate Change Committee in El Salvador has sent respective notes to the Bonn Challenge Secretariat, the UN-REDD Secretariat, and the...

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Oil palm plantations severely harm communities and territories in Central America

Posted on Oct 21, 2016

The high demand for palm oil is leading to the growth of African Palm plantations around the world, including in Central America. These...

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El Salvador Opens its Doors to Multinational Companies

Posted on Oct 21, 2016

In September 2015, the second phase of the US government-financed Millennium Fund project came into force (Fomileno II); this project will...

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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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Panama: The historic struggle against the Barro Blanco Dam

Posted on Oct 21, 2016

Ten years after construction started on the Barro Blanco hydroelectric dam in western Panama, members of the indigenous NgäbeBuglé...

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Support independent journalism! The Green Economy and its impacts on peoples and territories

Posted on Oct 21, 2016

In recent decades, many communities have been displaced from their ancestral lands to make way for “Green Economy”...

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Uruguay free of mega-mining!

Posted on Oct 21, 2016

In December 2013, the Uruguay Free of Mega-mining Movement was formed in order to mobilize the public around the proposal to start...

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REDD+ in Central America: it’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission

Posted on Oct 21, 2016

This text is an initial attempt to understand the dynamics of development and implementation of REDD+ projects in Central America...

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Extractive Model: the dispossession of territories and the criminalization of protest in Central America

Posted on Oct 21, 2016

A war declared on peoples’ right to decide and to live Six months ago, in March of 2016, the news spread like lightning and the...

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Madre Vieja: The River that Reached the Sea

Posted on Oct 20, 2016

Over 30 years ago, African palm came to the coastal municipalities of Tiquisate and Nueva Concepción. Both share a boundary with the...

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Neocolonialism and plantations on the Garifuna Coast of Central America

Posted on Oct 20, 2016

“In the constitution of this small, maritime banana republic was a forgotten section.” Cabbages and Kings, O. Henry The...

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The Extractive Mining Model: A Potential Threat to Biological Diversity in Mesoamerica

Posted on Oct 20, 2016

By MovimientoM4* Without a doubt, implementation of the extractive industries model as part of governments’...

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Defending the body-earth territory: an alternative for social movements in resistance (1)

Posted on Oct 20, 2016

The Rancho Grande municipality in northern Nicaragua is facing installation of an open-pit gold mine by Canadian company B2Gold. With over...

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Semuc Champey, Guatemala: Where the River Hides

Posted on Oct 20, 2016

They are not invaders, they named this territory It was the indigenous Maya Q’eqchi communities that named this magical place in the...

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“Middle America”: Peoples resisting a colonial past that persists through imposition and violence

Posted on Oct 20, 2016

When we think of the countries ranging from southern Mexico to Panama, we tend to speak of Central America. That is, in our imaginary, we...

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No to Monsanto! No to Poisons! Industrial Tree Plantations and Agrotoxics

Posted on Oct 5, 2016

For decades, The World Rainforest Movement has been denouncing the many ways in which industrial tree plantations directly cause continued...

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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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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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From “solastalgia” to “alegremia”

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

In 2003, Australian philosopher Glen Albrecht (1) coined the term “solastalgia” to define the combination of psychological disorders...

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The Quechua-lamas vision of medicinal plants: a lesson from the high-altitude forests of Peru (1)

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

Modern people usually refer to medicinal plants as resources at the service of humans. This way of referring to them does not seem to be...

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“To enjoy full health, we want to make a difference”: A woman’s voice from the forests of Brazil

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

Francisca Maria is 36 years old, mother of 3 children, married for 17 years. She is also a leader in the community of São Raimundo. São...

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Carta-denuncia en rechazo a la iniciativa “Plataforma de Plantaciones de Nueva Generación”

Posted on Jun 6, 2016

Only available in Spanish 5 de junio – Día Mundial del Medio Ambiente En ocasión del 5 de junio, Día Mundial del Medio Ambiente,...

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