World Rainforest Movement

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,...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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,...

Read More

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,...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

Leave fossil fuels in the ground! A call for an “Annex 0” group, supported up by the Shuar Nationality of Pastaza in Ecuador

Posted on Nov 10, 2015

The Oilwatch network has issued an international call for creating an “Annex 0” group at the UN climate negotiations. This would mean a...

Read More

Josefina and the Water Springs against Pine Plantations in Ecuador’s Páramos

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

Twenty years ago, a Dutch company paid communities to establish pine tree plantations in the high mountains of Ecuador. The aim was for...

Read More

Ecuador: Chevron-Texaco to pay for the devastation it caused in the Amazon

Posted on Feb 23, 2015

The Union for Those Affected by Texaco Operations (UDAPT) has been fighting for more than 20 years to force Chevron-Texaco to pay for the...

Read More

Legal action in defence of the rights of nature of the Tangabana páramo

Posted on Dec 21, 2014

The Ecuadorian environmental defence organization YASunidos has joined with Acción Ecológica and the indigenous pastorate of Chimborazo...

Read More

AlteRAtive Energies: When the only “alternative” is integral change

Posted on Dec 20, 2014

In communities on the border between Ecuador and Colombia that live under the influence of armed conflict, monoculture fruit tree...

Read More

REDD: A Collection of Conflicts, Contradictions and Lies

Posted on Dec 3, 2014

REDD: A Collection of Conflicts, Contradictions and Lies presents summaries of reports from 24 REDD projects or programmes with a common...

Read More

Ecuador: Statement of the women’s gathering against extractivism and climate change

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

The group “Critical views of the territory from the feminism” participated in the gathering with dynamics, body mapping and sharing...

Read More

La Consulta Inconsulta del Ecuador (Unconsulted Consultation in Ecuador)

Posted on Jul 4, 2014

Acción Ecológica (in Spanish, with English subtitles) Neither free, nor prior, nor informed. An independently produced video exposes the...

Read More

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...

Read More

Letter to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Posted on Jul 4, 2014

Letter to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rightsurging it to call on the government of Ecuador to fully comply with the...

Read More

Carta a la Comision Interamericana de DDHH por la explotación petrolera en el Yasuní y los indígenas en aislamiento

Posted on Jun 18, 2014

Only available in Spanish.  Survival International, WRM – Movimiento Mundial por los Bosques Tropicales, CIMI – Consejo Indigenista...

Read More

Women and oil: The struggle for Sumak Kawsay

Posted on Apr 5, 2014

In October 2013, women from throughout the Amazon region marched to Quito, the capital of Ecuador, to protest outside the 11th oil...

Read More

Ecuador: Demand for a popular consultation on Yasuní

Posted on Dec 3, 2013

In response to the government’s decision to abandon the initiative to leave the oil in the Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini (ITT) block...

Read More

Oiled forests – the case of Ecuador

Posted on Dec 3, 2013

Oil has been historically extracted disregarding the costs that the process entails to the local people and the environment. Thus oil...

Read More

Post-petroleum societies: For the defence of forests and peoples’ rights, for harmony between human beings and nature

Posted on Dec 3, 2013

  The first steps International discussion around the impacts of oil industry activities gained particular relevance in the early...

Read More

Ecuador: The Tagaeri Taromenane Intangible Zone in Yasuní Park

Posted on Oct 2, 2013

In 1999, a presidential decree created the Tagaeri Taromenane “Intangible” or Untouchable Zone (ZITT) within Yasuní National Park....

Read More

Ecuador: A poem for the women of the mangroves

Posted on Jul 30, 2013

(Photo: C-Condem) The décima is a poetic form that has been used for many years as a tool of protest by Afro-Ecuadorians, who keep this...

Read More

Activities in Ecuador on the International Day for the Defence of Mangrove Ecosystems

Posted on Jul 30, 2013

The Martín Pescador Centre, devoted to the marketing of products and the revaluation of the culture of the ancestral peoples of the...

Read More

Indígenas Aislados: el reto de la convivencia pacífica entre 2 sociedades – VIDEO

Posted on Jul 12, 2013

Only available in Spanish –   Con este especial corto audiovisual, el CDES, a través de su Observatorio de Derechos...

Read More

Ecuador: Vigil for Yasuní

Posted on Jun 30, 2013

After the Ecuadorian president announced plans to carry out an evaluation on securing financing for the Yasuní-ITT project, reflecting a...

Read More

Stop Destroying Yasuni Rainforest

Posted on May 30, 2013

The Huaorani, the last known group of Indigenous peoples still living in voluntary isolation in Ecuador in the Amazonian area of Ecuador...

Read More

Ecuador: Ancestral peoples of the mangrove forests attacked and evicted

Posted on Jan 7, 2013

At 9:00 a.m. on December 4, uniformed officers of the National Police set fire to the homes and crops of residents and families in Bilsa,...

Read More

Call to Action from Sarayaku Indigenous Leaders – VIDEO

Posted on Dec 14, 2012

Against oil extraction in the Amazon forest in southern Ecuador:

Read More

Ecuador

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

Read More

Ecuador: Inter-American Court of Human Rights rules in favour Sarayaku people

Posted on Aug 30, 2012

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) has ruled in favour of the Sarayaku indigenous people of the Ecuadorian Amazon in the case...

Read More

Ecuador: Pronouncement in Defence of Pachamama and Life

Posted on Jan 30, 2012

To commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Instituto de Estudios Ecologistas del Tercer Mundo (Third World Institute for Ecological...

Read More

Agrocombustibles: Energía que extingue a la Pachamama

Posted on Sep 29, 2011

Only available in Spanish – Por Elizabeth Bravo y Nathalia Bonilla. Las nuevas políticas de agrocombustibles en el Ecuador...

Read More

Ecuador: Defending the Yasuní initiative, to conserve biodiversity

Posted on Oct 31, 2010

The ITT oil exploration block, located within the borders of Ecuador’s Yasuní National Park, is an area of extraordinary biological...

Read More

Ecuador: First steps towards leaving the oil under the ground in Yasuni

Posted on Aug 30, 2010

On 3 August the Ecuadorian Government and the United Nations Development Programme signed the Ishipingo-Tambococha-Tiputini (ITT) Trust...

Read More

Ecuador: en defensa del manglar

Posted on Jul 29, 2010

Corría el año 1998 cuando los Pueblos Ancestrales del Ecosistema Manglar del Ecuador decidieron unir sus esfuerzos en una gran campaña...

Read More

Ecuador: The long struggle in defence of El Pambilar forest

Posted on Apr 29, 2010

El Pambilar with its 3123 hectares of native forest, has since 1997 been a matter of dispute between peasant farmers and the logging...

Read More

Food sovereignty in the hands of mangrove ecosystem women

Posted on Mar 30, 2010

This story has been cultivated with the thoughts, the experience, the dreams, the words and the hands of women shell-gatherers from the...

Read More

Myth No. 7: Plantations provide opportunities for women

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

The experience of Ecuador in areas where large-scale pine plantations have expanded shows that, far from providing women with...

Read More

Ecuador: Statement by the indigenous peoples against forest/REDD CO2lonialism

Posted on Aug 30, 2009

The inclusion of forests on the carbon market in its REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing...

Read More

Ecuador: Memory and future emerge from women’s struggle for their mangroves

Posted on Jul 30, 2009

The Muisne canton, province of Esmeraldas hosted the “First Meeting: Women of the Mangrove Ecosystem of Ecuador, our dreams, our rights,...

Read More

Ecuador: Disputes against shrimp farming contribute to women’s lib

Posted on May 30, 2009

In Muisne, on the Northeast coast of Ecuador, the inhabitants have developed a lifestyle adapted to mangrove ecosystems, based on fishing...

Read More

Ecuador: New oil exploration activities in Yasuní National Park

Posted on Jan 30, 2009

Yasuní National Park stretches along the basins of the Yasuní, Cononaco, Nashiño and Tiputini Rivers. Aside from the fact that these are...

Read More

Ecuador: Government will hand over mangroves belonging to the Ecuadorian people to the shrimp farming industry

Posted on Nov 25, 2008

On 15 October, the President of the Republic, the Economist Rafael Correa Delgado, and four Ministers of State issued Decree 1391...

Read More

Women, Communities and Plantations in Ecuador

Posted on Oct 22, 2008

By Ivonne Ramos and Nathalia Bonilla Testimonials on a socially and environmentally destructive forestry model Joint Research of Acción...

Read More

Ecuador: Social and environmental impacts of oil palm

Posted on Apr 28, 2008

The Palmeras del Ecuador Company was established in the Ecuadorian Amazon, in the Province of Sucumbios, Shushufindi Canton, at the end of...

Read More

Ecuador: Amnesty Exposes Unjust Criminalization of Environmental Activists

Posted on Apr 28, 2008

The Constituent Assembly formed to discuss and draft a new Ecuadorian Constitution resolved on 14 March 2008 to grant an amnesty to 357...

Read More

Peru and Ecuador: The last Free Peoples besieged by oil and logging companies

Posted on Jan 3, 2008

At the end of 2007, the Peruvian government opened the way to the exploitation of new oil plots in the Province of Loreto, on the frontier...

Read More

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...

Read More

Ecuador: Letter for the de-certification of FACE / PROFAFOR and ENDESA / BOTROSA

Posted on Sep 1, 2006

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

Read More

Monoculture tree plantations in Ecuador

Posted on Aug 25, 2006

By Patricia Granda Through various government programmes and initiatives, with the support of international cooperation agencies,...

Read More

Carbon Sink Plantations in the Ecuadorian Andes

Posted on May 2, 2005

Impacts of the Dutch FACE-PROFAFOR monoculture tree plantations’ project on indigenous and peasant communities By Patricia...

Read More

Ecuador: The Awa Federation’s Experience in the Management and Conservation of its Territory

Posted on Oct 7, 2002

The 21 Indigenous Communities comprising the Federation of Awa Centres in Ecuador (FCAE) have legal deeds for 120,000 hectares in the...

Read More

Ecuador: Logging company dresses in green while destroying forests in Esmeraldas

Posted on Jun 14, 2002

The Plywood Ecuatoriana S.A. logging company, belonging to the Alvarez – Barba family will end up by destroying the last primary forests...

Read More

Ecuador: Clashes between indigenous group and loggers in the Amazon

Posted on May 14, 2002

Tragic events have recently taken place at the mouth of the Babataro river in Tiguino, the thick Amazon Pastaza basin, resulting in the...

Read More

Ecuador: When people said NO to mining

Posted on Apr 15, 2002

Mining is one of the direct causes of deforestation. In spite of that, not only has this industry continued with its activities, but in the...

Read More

Ecuador: Forests and biodiversity are being privatised

Posted on Mar 15, 2002

Within the rationale for privatisation in Ecuador, the Ministry of the Environment is intending to delegate its functions and...

Read More

Ecuador: Human shield in defence of the Mindo forest against oil pipeline

Posted on Jan 21, 2002

Since the 2nd of January, the inhabitants of local communities, students and environmentalists have been carrying out a permanent and...

Read More

Ecuador: Mangroves and shrimp farming companies

Posted on Oct 27, 2001

Over 30 years ago, the destruction of mangroves was started in order to build ponds in beaches and bays. According to data from the former...

Read More

Ecuador: Action to stop the oil pipeline continues

Posted on Sep 11, 2001

A second joint letter from international environmental and human rights organisations is being circulated urging the head of the financing...

Read More

Ecuador: Eucalyptus plantations in the Province of Esmeraldas

Posted on Jul 12, 2001

Eucalyptus Pacifico S.A. – EUCAPACIFIC is a new company set up at the end of 2000 to carry out a major eucalyptus plantation project...

Read More

Ecuador: Commercial exploitation of forest peoples

Posted on Jul 12, 2001

“People in the Rainforest of Ecuador” is an exhibition currently running in Frankfurt’s municipal botanical garden, the...

Read More

Ecuador: Oil palm in the devastated Garden of Eden

Posted on Jun 12, 2001

In Ecuador, the relaunching of oil palm cultivation has given rise to different reactions. In a long interview published by a widely read...

Read More

Ecuador: The President will fight “trench by trench” … against ecologists

Posted on May 12, 2001

In the last issue of the WRM bulletin we included an article written by Acción Ecológica on an oil pipeline project in Ecuador, which...

Read More

Ecuador: Call for action to stop oil pipeline

Posted on Apr 12, 2001

The Ecuadorian government has signed a contract with the company Oleoductos de Crudos Pesados (OCP) to build a pipeline that will cross the...

Read More

Article on Ecuador: Clarification from FUNDECOL

Posted on Mar 13, 2001

Verónica Yépez, from the Ecuadorian NGO FUNDECOL, sent us a message in relation to an article published in WRM bulletin 43 (“Ecuador:...

Read More

Protesters occupy IMF offices in Quito, Ecuador

Posted on Feb 21, 2001

As part of a social uprising that has brought Ecuador to a virtual standstill, a growing number of protesters from environmental and human...

Read More

Ecuador: Action to save mangroves in Guayas

Posted on Feb 13, 2001

Industrial shrimp farming is one of the direct causes of the deforestation of mangroves in the tropics. In Ecuador the level of destruction...

Read More

Mangrove replanting initiative in Ecuador

Posted on Jul 17, 2000

Ecuador’s lush mangroves at the Pacific Ocean coast have been suffering for long the effects of commercial shrimp farming that,...

Read More

Ecuador: Forestry Law for the enrichment of loggers

Posted on May 18, 2000

In spite of the experiences accumulated during all these years with regard to the damages caused by large-scale tree plantations, the draft...

Read More

Ecuador: Heart of palm cultivation results in deforestation

Posted on Apr 18, 2000

The comercial cultivation of “palmito” palms (from which heart of palm is extracted) began in Ecuador in 1987 and since then...

Read More

Ecuador: the future of the Chachi indigenous people and their forests

Posted on Dec 20, 1999

Mache-Chindul rainforests and mangroves, located in the Province of Esmeraldas in the Ecuadorian Pacific region hold high levels of...

Read More

Ecuador: ecologists are not terrorists

Posted on Oct 20, 1999

The environmental NGO Accion Ecologica, with headquarters in Quito and working in several locations of Ecuador has been accused of being...

Read More

Course in Ecuador: “Plantations are not forests”

Posted on Sep 24, 1999

The course “Plantations are not forests”, organized by the Institute of Ecologist Studies of the Third World (Instituto de...

Read More

Ecuador: draft bill against mangroves defeated

Posted on Jul 24, 1999

To face the critical situation of public finances and meet the demands ot the IMF, last March President Jamil Mahuad sent to the National...

Read More

Ecuador: oil exploitation banned in protected areas

Posted on Mar 26, 1999

Oil prospection and exploitation is one of the most destructive activities affecting tropical forests and local communities worldwide. He...

Read More

Ecuador: government tries to hand over mangroves to the private sector

Posted on Mar 26, 1999

Ecuador is currently facing an extremely serious social situation as a result of a number of unpopular economic measures adopted by the...

Read More

Ecuador: the Cofan’s successful action against an oil well

Posted on Nov 27, 1998

While government officials were politely exchanging speeches in Buenos Aires at the 4th Conference of the Parties of the Climate Change...

Read More

Ecuador: Greenpeace action to protect remaining mangroves

Posted on Aug 30, 1998

31 July 1998. Ecuador’s Minister of Environment has promised Greenpeace that she will take steps to secure a permanent ban on...

Read More

Ecuador: Sign-on letter to protect UNESCO reserve from oil exploitation

Posted on Jun 30, 1998

The following includes a description of the situation facing Yasuni National Park, a sign-on letter and an appeal to remain in contact with...

Read More

Shell’s activities in Ecuador

Posted on Jan 2, 1998

Shell is planning to start prospecting activities for oil exploitation at Pañacocha-Tiputini, located at the Cuyabeno Faunistic Reserve...

Read More

Ecuador: Protective Forests in danger

Posted on Dec 2, 1997

Resolution nr 007 of INEFAN -the Ecuadorian Forestry Agency- shows that, surprising as it may seam, it is in the way to permitting mining...

Read More

Visit to Ecuador

Posted on Dec 2, 1997

Alvaro Gonzalez participated in a Seminar on Rural Development organized by the German foundation DSE, from 24/11 to 5/12. The Seminar...

Read More

Ecuador: indigenous women against oil exploration

Posted on Nov 5, 1997

The Steering Committe of Oilwatch was meeting in Quito on October 21st, when it received news that a group of indigenous women from the...

Read More

Ecuador: Indigenous women defend the forest of Pastaza

Posted on Oct 5, 1997

Indigenous women, some of them accompanied by their men and children, initiated a march on September 28 in Pastaza province -northern...

Read More

Conferences and course in Ecuador

Posted on May 7, 1997

Ricardo went to Ecuador invited by the Third World Ecological Studies Institute (Instituto de Estudios Ecologistas del Tercer Mundo) to...

Read More