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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“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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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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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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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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Press Release of the Latin American Network against Monoculture Tree Plantations, in solidarity with the peoples of Nueva Concepción, Escuintla in their struggle for the liberation of the Madre Vieja River

Posted on Feb 16, 2016

On February 9th and 11th, 2016, over 200 residents of Nueva Concepción, Escuintla, Guatemala, held an action that was historic for their...

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Ecocidio en el río La Pasión, Guatemala

Posted on Jun 12, 2015

Only available in Spanish. Comunicado internacional.  Ante los hechos ocurridos  en el río La Pasión, en Sayaxché, Petén, Guatemala...

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Guatemala: neighborhood action against dams that deprive communities of water

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

Communities of the middle and lower basins of Madre Vieja River on the Pacific side of Guatemala are being deprived of water because of...

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Guatemala: Grassroots organizations criticise palm oil roundtable consultation  

Posted on Feb 23, 2015

Several grassroots organizations in Guatemala released a statement criticizing the public consultation process of the corporate social...

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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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Monocultivos de árboles en América Latina: situación laboral y destrucción de economías locales

Posted on Aug 29, 2014

Only available in Spanish By the WRM and RECOMA Download as pdf here Las empresas que promueven plantaciones en gran escala de monocultivos...

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Guatemala: The silent advance of industrial rubber tree plantations

Posted on Sep 11, 2013

  Hevea brasilensis, known as the Pará rubber tree or, most commonly, the rubber tree, is native to South America. It is the member...

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Guatemala: Isla Chicales – public lands should be managed by communities

Posted on Jul 30, 2013

The community of Isla Chicales, located in the municipality of Nueva Concepción in the department of Escuintla, is made up of 140 families...

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Guatemala: Oil palm plantations cause new displacement of rural communities

Posted on May 30, 2013

Industrial monoculture oil palm plantations have expanded significantly in Guatemala in recent years. One of the areas that has seen the...

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Opposition to mining in Guatemala leads to repression and death

Posted on Apr 30, 2013

On March 17, several indigenous community leaders from the village of Montaña de Santa María Xalapán, located in southeastern Guatemala...

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River in Guatemala “grabbed” by oil palm and sugar cane plantation owners

Posted on Apr 30, 2013

In Champerico, Guatemala, the Bolas River had completely disappeared, after it was diverted and dammed to provide water for oil palm and...

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Posted on Oct 25, 2012

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Iron mining threatens Guatemalan mangroves

Posted on Jun 6, 2011

Government authorities in Guatemala continue to promote metal mining, despite the widespread opposition of local communities and indigenous...

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Short animation – Let’s define forests by their true meaning

Posted on Feb 16, 2011

Also available in: Afrikaans, Aymara, Catala, Chinese, Dutch, Finish, German, Bosnian, Italian, Maori, Mapuche, Maya Kaqchikel, Maya...

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Guatemala: Oil palm and sugar cane monoculture plantations hurt local communities on the Coyolate River

Posted on Dec 30, 2010

The Pacific watershed of Guatemala comprises 17 river basins. Most of the rivers in this region have a relatively short length of around...

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Guatemala: minería de hierro amenaza manglares del Pacífico

Posted on Jul 29, 2010

Si vemos un mapa de la cobertura forestal de la república de Guatemala, podremos observar que a lo largo de la línea costera del...

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Guatemala: Don’t sell forests, water and the future for oil!

Posted on May 30, 2010

Guatemala is facing the possibility of an extension of contract 2-85 that is threatening to expand and increase the oil frontier in one of...

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Meso-America: Communities issue statement on protected areas

Posted on Apr 29, 2010

The concept of protected areas, born in the United States in the nineteenth century as an idea of conservation by establishing “national...

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Guatemala: sugarcane’s bitter consequences

Posted on Jun 29, 2009

In our country, one of the crops that has caused the most negative impacts from its start to the present day is sugarcane. The sugarcane...

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Guatemala: Social and environmental impacts of oil palm plantations

Posted on May 30, 2009

In comparison, Guatemala is a relatively small country but it is very rich in biodiversity. The country is located in the Meso-American*...

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Guatemala: Agrofuels cause deforestation and displacement

Posted on Jul 25, 2008

In Guatemala, like in several other countries of the South, indigenous communities and the environment are paying a high cost due to the...

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Guatemala: Opposition to highway project threatening forest area

Posted on May 14, 2002

In Guatemala deforestation processes are in rapid acceleration; every year around 90,000 hectares of forests are lost and less than twenty...

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Guatemala: Champerico fisherfolk win over shrimp farm firm Camarsa

Posted on Feb 20, 2002

The community of Champerico –localized in Retalhuleu, at the Pacific Ocean coast of Guatemala– has been fighting in defence of...

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Guatemala: Security for shrimps, insecurity for the local population

Posted on Jul 12, 2001

Since the beginning of May, the Champerico community has been denouncing contamination of wetlands, the logging of mangroves (activity...

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Guatemala: Shrimp-farm generates violence and death

Posted on May 12, 2001

Fisherfolk from the Pacific Ocean port of Champerico are currently fighting for their livelihoods against the shrimp farming firm Camarones...

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Guatemala: A dam and the massacre of 400 people

Posted on Jan 13, 2001

Forced resettlement of local people living in the area where dams are built usually results in human rights abuses. One of the most...

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Guatemala: Community forest concession initiative at Petén questioned

Posted on Nov 16, 2000

A new type of forest conservation initiative is being implemented in Guatemala since 1995. According to its promoters, it attempts to...

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Guatemala: Actions to defend natural reserve against oil exploitation

Posted on Jul 17, 2000

The Maya Biosphere Reserve in the region of Petén has been at the centre of a strong dispute where peasant communities, Guatemalan and...

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Guatemala: Campaign against oil activities in Maya Biosphere Reserve

Posted on Mar 19, 2000

The Maya Biosphere Reserve, located in the northern region of Guatemala constitutes the largest protected tropical forest in the country....

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Guatemala: Maya Biosphere Reserve under threat

Posted on Mar 26, 1999

Carmelita and Uaxactun are two communities who for over 80 years have been living within the boundaries of the Maya Biosphere Reserve in...

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Guatemala: communities take care of forests

Posted on Feb 2, 1998

The communal forest of Totonicapan is located at an altitude of about 3,000 metres a.s.l at the mountain chain Sierra Madre del Sur in...

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US logging company leaves Guatemala

Posted on Sep 7, 1997

The US logging giant Simpson Forestry announced it would abandon its operations in Guatemala since a Constitutional Court ruling prohibited...

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