World Rainforest Movement

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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Congo Basin: The coming storm

Posted on Apr 29, 2018

How secrecy and collusion in industrial agriculture spell disaster for the Congo Basin’s rainforests.

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Large Hydropower Dams Are Not the Answer: Time to Rethink Africa’s Energy Infrastructure

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

The Programme of Infrastructure Development for Africa (PIDA) was adopted in 2012 with the aim of connecting the continent’s energy, transport, water and communication infrastructure. But what kind of infrastructure does “Africa” really need and who is getting more access with such initiative? This article looks into the hydropower dams proposed for PIDA

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Traditional land “rights” in West and Central Africa

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

In West and Central Africa, the many radically different ways in time and space of how people relate to and manage land reflects the many...

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Widespread abuse and rights violations funded by big conservation organizations

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

A new Survival International report documents serious instances of widespread and systematic human rights abuses between 1989 and the...

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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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Infrastructure, development and natural resources in Africa: A few examples from Cameroon

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

(*) In a world characterized by sluggish economic growth, Africa is often presented as the continent of the future, with average growth of...

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Protected Areas in the Congo Basin: Failing both people and biodiversity

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

(1) The creation of “protected areas” throughout the world is mainly based on a philosophy that originated in the United States (US)...

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Land grabbing: Tactics used by European actors abroad

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

(1) Current land grabbing practices include the capture of control of relatively vast tracts of land through a variety of mechanisms. In...

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The Congo Basin: in the Sights of Capital

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

The Congo Basin in Central Africa contains the second largest forest in the world. Its extensive territory is shared by six countries: the...

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Community-based Forest Management in the Congo Basin

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

A report from the Rainforest Foundation UK, shows how attempts of community based forest management in the Congo Basin thus far have not...

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Development of the extractive sector and impacts on communities and biodiversity in the countries of the Congo Basin

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

The countries of the Congo Basin are known for their extraordinary wealth of biodiversity and cultural diversity of their peoples. And...

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Infrastructure, development and natural resources in Africa: A few examples from Cameroon

Posted on Jul 4, 2014

In a world characterized by sluggish economic growth, Africa is often presented as the continent of the future, with average growth of...

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Oil Palm in Africa. Voices from the communities

Posted on Sep 13, 2013

Industrial oil palm plantations are rapidly expanding, not only in Liberia. In many African countries expansion projects are happening and...

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Nigeria: Wilmar, RRDC, and the Calaro/Ibiae Oil Palm Estates

Posted on Sep 11, 2013

  Over the past nine months, a high-stakes confrontation has taken place in Cross River State of Nigeria, home to Nigeria’s last...

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Oil Palm in Africa – Interactive Map

Posted on Aug 30, 2013

We have produced an interactive map that sumarizes some of the information gathered in the  publication “Oil palm in Africa: past,...

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Oil palm in Africa: past, present and future scenarios – 2013 update

Posted on Aug 30, 2013

Original version by Ricardo Carrere – updated by the WRM in 2013. Oil palm is a traditional native crop for West and Central African...

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Congo Basin: Report on expansion of oil palm plantations

Posted on May 30, 2013

In February 2013, the Rainforest Foundation UK launched a new report on plans for expansion of large scale oil palm plantations in the...

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Posted on Oct 25, 2012

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Sold Down the River – The Need to Control Transnational Forestry Corporations: A European Case Study

Posted on Apr 17, 2011

By Forests Monitor, 2001 Sold Down the River – The Need to Control Transnational Forestry Corporations: A European Case...

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REDD in the Congo Basin

Posted on Dec 11, 2010

The forest of the Congo Basin expands over an area of continuous tropical rainforest cover only second to that of the Amazon forest. The...

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Congo: Tar sands and palm oil projects threaten local communities and undermine efforts to tackle climate change

Posted on Dec 30, 2009

The Italian oil company Eni is one of the top ten energy companies in the world and now the biggest in Africa. The company is also...

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Oil palm and rubber plantations in Western and Central Africa: An Overview

Posted on Dec 15, 2008

Oil palm and rubber plantations are very similar in many respects, but there is something that clearly differentiates them: oil palm is a...

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Congo, Democratic Republic: Forests Open for Business

Posted on Jun 14, 2002

The Democratic Republic of Congo contains over 50 percent of Africa’s remaining tropical forests; of its 2.3 million square kilometres,...

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Congo, Republic: Increased logging activities

Posted on Apr 15, 2002

The Congo Basin contains the second largest area of tropical rainforest in the world after the Amazon Basin. Renowned for its high...

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Congo, Republic: Foreign loggers deplete forests and livelihoods

Posted on Aug 11, 2001

The Republic of Congo, often referred to as Congo-Brazzaville, has a total area of 342,000 sq. km, 60% of which is covered by rainforests...

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Congo, R.: Shell’s eucalyptus plantations now provide even fewer jobs

Posted on May 12, 2001

Apart from its well-known oil operations, Shell company is also involved in a less known activity: tree plantations. The company has...

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