World Rainforest Movement

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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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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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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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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Colombia: Women as Seeds of Mobilization and Resistance

Posted on May 9, 2016

If they touch our blood, they touch the earth If they touch the earth, they touch our blood Motto of the Women of the Xinka Peoples...

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Corporate peace and the Green Economy in Colombia

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

The current situation in Colombia can be understood as a historic opportunity to try to overcome decades of armed, social and political...

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Struggles for territory and Living Well in Colombia: Resistance by Afro-Colombian women

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

An article by Charo Rojas, Marilyn Machado, Patricia Botero and Arturo Escobar charts the cumulative processes that have infringed the...

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Colombia – Murmullos entre los eucaliptos

Posted on Oct 2, 2014

Ony available in Spanish. Más de 100 personas entre estudiantes, ambientalistas, activistas sociales y dirigentes comunitarios, se...

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Sixth National Conference on Páramos and High Mountains, Water for Life!, Colombia,

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

Friends of the Earth Colombia, CENSAT Agua Viva, is making available to the public three promotional audios for the Conference on Páramos...

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Páramos in Colombia: a short reflection on current threats and resistance action

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

Meekly the water flows from lichens and stones like a flood of feelings from the soul of the earth… (Efraín Gutiérrez...

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Coastal forests threatened by tourism

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

The tropical and subtropical coasts of Latin America, in Mexico, Brazil and most Central American and Caribbean countries, have been...

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Amazon: Territorial disputes and conflicts

Posted on Jul 4, 2014

“They consider us the periphery of the periphery” Before entering into a discussion of the profound changes taking place in...

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REDD+ and the Underlying Causes of Deforestation and forest Degradation

Posted on Nov 13, 2013

The Global Forest Coalition launched a new report on ‘REDD+ and the Underlying Causes of Deforestation and forest Degradation’...

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II Foro de Conflictos Ambientales en Colombia

Posted on Sep 11, 2013

Only available in Spanish –      En el marco de la conmemoración del 21 de septiembre, Día Internacional contra los...

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Colombia: Taking action against mega dams – we are all affected!

Posted on Mar 30, 2013

On 14 March 2013, the Colombian organization Movimiento Ríos Vivos marked the International Day of Action Against Dams and For Rivers,...

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Colombia

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

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Colombia: Monoculture tree plantations threaten land and food sovereignty

Posted on Oct 30, 2011

For more than 20 years, Colombia has seen the ongoing expansion of monoculture tree plantations, to the benefit of transnational companies...

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El oro de Colombia: rebelión social contra explotaciones mineras sin control

Posted on Jun 15, 2011

Only available in Spanish – Por Guadalupe Rodríguez,  Salva la Selva El precio del oro está en alza por décimo año consecutivo,...

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Colombia: Popular revolt against gold mining

Posted on Jun 6, 2011

The price of gold is rising for the tenth consecutive year. As a result, more and more investors, financial market operators and central...

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Colombia: oil-palm plantations, violation of human rights and Afro-descendent communities’ quest for true dignity

Posted on Dec 30, 2009

Colombia: oil-palm plantations, violation of human rights and Afro-descendent communities’ quest for true dignity When you talk about the...

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Colombia: Militarized mining tramples ancestral rights of indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities in the Chocó

Posted on Feb 27, 2009

The Chocó is a biogeographical region that forms part of the neotropics (meaning that it contains the largest area of tropical...

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Colombia: Criminalization, a mechanism to ensure unfair “development”

Posted on Nov 25, 2008

In Colombia the State resorts to criminalizing social and grass-roots organizations as a method of repression aimed at imposing by force...

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Colombia: “Green washed” palm increases threats to food sovereignty and human rights

Posted on Oct 26, 2008

It seems like a slap in the face. The oil palm agro-industry has chosen precisely 16 October, World Food Sovereignty Day, and the Latin...

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Colombia: Oil palm grows by the force of violence

Posted on Jul 24, 2008

Since the beginning of the decade, all the areas of expansion of oil palm plantations have coincided geographically with areas of...

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Colombia: Oil palm plantation workers in Puerto Wilches on strike

Posted on Apr 28, 2008

The municipality of Puerto Wilches, located in the Central Zone defined by the Agricultural Plan for the Implementation of the Biodiesel...

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Colombia: Constitutional decision over Forestry Law awards victory to social organizations

Posted on Feb 2, 2008

On 28 March 2006, in the midst of strong pressure from the Government and the timber industry, Law 1021 was adopted in Colombia, better...

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Colombia: By law, the forest must disappear

Posted on Nov 8, 2007

The disappearance of the forest would seem to be the premise in the various political instruments created in Colombia for the forestry...

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Organizations from eight countries demand the FSC to withdraw its “green label” to several plantation companies

Posted on Sep 1, 2006

Press Release – September 1, 2006 Organizations from eight different countries are requesting the Forest Stewardship Council –a...

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Colombia: Letter for the de-certification of Smurfit Kappa Cartón de Colombia

Posted on Sep 1, 2006

We the undersigned wish to register our concern over the certification of tree plantations in our country by the FSC, which has granted a...

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Amazonía: Selva y Bosques diez años después de Río

Posted on Jul 18, 2002

Only available in Spanish Publicación de Censat-Agua Viva en ocasión de la Cumbre Mundial de Johannesburgo. Amazonía: Selva y Bosques...

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Colombia: Actions against expansion of industrial shrimp farming

Posted on Jun 14, 2002

The semi-intensive production system used in shrimp farms located in the Department of Cordoba, in the Atlantic region of Colombia, has...

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Colombia: Community stops a mining license in forest reserve

Posted on Apr 15, 2002

In the Planalto forest reserve in Colombia, the 180 species of diurnal butterflies found until today, can go on flying, the ten genuses of...

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Status of Implementation of Forest-Related Clauses in the CBD: An Independent Review & Recommendations for Action

Posted on Mar 18, 2002

Commissioned by the Global Forest Coalition This report is based on 21 country case studies, including Australia, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada,...

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Colombia: Logging and violence against Afro-Colombian communities in the Chocó

Posted on Jan 21, 2002

On 27 December 2001, the Colombian Inter-Congregational Justice and Peace Commission sent the President of the Republic, Doctor Andrés...

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Colombia: The hard life of oil palm plantation workers

Posted on Nov 27, 2001

For some time now we have been addressing the issue of oil palm plantations. But it was in our June 2001 special bulletin –entirely...

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Colombia: Local communities affected by shrimp companies

Posted on Oct 27, 2001

From 1982 onwards, the shrimp industry has been settling in the Cispatá bay, an ecosystem harbouring one of the most exuberant mangroves...

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Colombia: Perverse economic incentive for oil palm plantation

Posted on Jun 12, 2001

Oil palm was introduced in Colombia in 1932, but its commercial development started by the end of the fifties. In the mid sixties there...

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The Colombian Chocó: A megadiverse region in a megadiverse country . . . for how long?

Posted on Mar 13, 2001

The Chocó Biogeographical Region comprises an area of some 75,000 square kilometres on the Pacific Coast of Colombia, spreading from...

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Colombia: “Tailor-made” legislation for Smurfit

Posted on Feb 13, 2001

Private commercial tree plantations began to be implemented in Colombia in the 1960s. Long-fibre wood commercial plantations –pine...

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Colombia: The Urrá Dam and the death of the Sinú River

Posted on Jan 13, 2001

The Urrá Dam megaproject on the Sinú River in the Department of Córdoba, in the Colombian Atlantic region, constitutes a worldwide known...

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Colombia: Even historical documents confirm the U’wa’s territorial rights

Posted on Sep 16, 2000

The U’wa indigenous people are maintaining a long conflict with the Colombian state and the oil company Occidental Petroleum in the...

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Illegal crops in Colombia: when the solution is worse than the problem

Posted on Jun 18, 2000

Aerial spraying to control and eradicate illegal crops in Colombia are creating severe problems to rural communities and forests, similar...

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Colombia: International Mission and good news about the U’wa

Posted on Apr 18, 2000

From March 15-21, 2000, an International Mission, summoned by the major authorities of the Embera-Katio and U’wa indigenous peoples,...

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Colombia: The U’wa and Embera join forces

Posted on Mar 19, 2000

As part of their struggle to prevent the occupation of their lands by Occidental Petroleum (Oxy), a group of about 200 members of the...

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Action for the U’wa people in Colombia

Posted on Jan 20, 2000

During the long conflict that has involved the U’wa indigenous people -with the support of national and international NGOs and social...

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Colombia: “the life and dignity of the Embera people won’t be flooded”

Posted on Jan 20, 2000

The Urra hydroelectric dam megaproject in Colombia is causing negative impacts on the Embera Katio indigenous people, ancestral dwellers of...

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Colombia: the Embera Katio’s struggle for life

Posted on Dec 20, 1999

The Urra hydroelectric dam megaproject on the Sinu River, at the Cordoba Department in the Atlantic region of Colombia has provoked concern...

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Colombia: violence and deforestation in the Choco region

Posted on Nov 20, 1999

Colombian forests are undergoing a severe process of destruction. The civil war that is devastating the country can be considered one of...

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Colombia: save the “catival” forests

Posted on Oct 20, 1999

  From the Spanish Conquest onwards, the Colombian Pacific Region has been subject to the relentless extraction of its natural...

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Colombia: a matter of life or death for the U’wa

Posted on Oct 20, 1999

The recent resolution of the Colombian government, in agreement with the U’wa leaders, according to which their legally recognized...

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Colombia: the U’wa achieve significant victory

Posted on Sep 24, 1999

As a result of a long and difficult struggle against giant Occidental Petroleum and the Colombian government, the U’wa indigenous...

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Colombia: Black communities defend mangroves

Posted on Sep 24, 1999

Colombia, one of the megadiverse countries in the world, holds a total area of mangroves of 365,902 hectares, of which 80% extend like a...

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Colombia: U’wa victory at Occidental’s shareholder meeting

Posted on Jun 25, 1999

The recent murders of three activists – Ingrid Washinawatok, a member of the Menominee tribe from New York, Terence Freitas, from...

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Support to the U’wa people in Colombia

Posted on May 25, 1999

The U’wa of the Colombian cloud forest are in a life-and-death struggle to protect their traditional culture and sacred homeland from...

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Colombia: the murder of three environmentalists

Posted on Nov 27, 1998

Gloria Sofia Zapata, Hernando Duque and Eder Alexander Valencia were murdered on October 14, October 20 and November 9. They were members...

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Colombia: monoculture tree plantations promoted in the Andes

Posted on Aug 30, 1998

As in a number of other countries, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is now promoting the development of pulpwood plantations in...

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Colombia: U’wa indigenous peoples confront oil companies

Posted on Mar 2, 1998

Responding to the immediate and increasing threat of oil exploration on their lands, the U’wa people have issued a statement...

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Problems with oil exploration in Colombia

Posted on May 7, 1997

Last February the Colombian Environment Ministry issued an authorization for oil exploration by Oxy, a branch of the US company Occidental,...

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