World Rainforest Movement

SOCFIN’s plantations in Africa: many places of violence and destruction

Posted on Sep 21, 2017

Photo: SOCFIN In 2016, the multinational agro-industrial SOCFIN Group – controlled by the Belgian Fabri family (50.2 per cent of the...

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Forests to the highest bidder in Nigeria: how REDD proves unable to stop deforestation

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

The rainforests of Cross River State, southeast of Nigeria, have been recognised for many years as being globally important for their...

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Please take action: Stop the destruction of the Ekuri people’s ancestral rainforest in Nigeria

Posted on Feb 29, 2016

Dear friends, We need your urgent support. The Ekuri People’s ancestral land in Nigeria is under threat. The people of Ekuri live in...

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Exploitation and Empty Promises. Wilmar’s Nigerian land grab

Posted on Jul 9, 2015

By Friends of the Earth US, Environmental Rights Action, Nigeria. Wilmar International1 is one of the world’s largest palm oil...

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Nigeria: Tales of Grabland

Posted on Feb 27, 2015

A documentary from “Land Justice for West Africa” shows how Ogoni communities, already affected severely by the oil industry in the...

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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...

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Nigeria: Stop Corporate Land Bazaar in Edo State!

Posted on May 7, 2014

Okomu Oil Palm Plc, the Dangote Group and United Food Industries Ltd representing Indonesia’s Salim Group are to benefit from plans...

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Nigeria – RSPO legal opinion ignores core of the complaint against Wilmar International subsidiary Biase Plantation Limited

Posted on May 7, 2014

The government of Cross River State, Nigeria has given the go-ahead for development of large scale oil palm plantations, including on...

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The expansion of industrial oil palm plantations in Africa: A call for greater solidarity and action 

Posted on May 7, 2014

In late 2013, a group of representatives of African, Indonesian and international NGOs met with members of La Via Campesina and the...

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Women & Plantations: Pain or Gain? The Nigerian Experience

Posted on Apr 5, 2014

In Nigeria, forest concessions – including reserves and communal farmlands – are being taken over by multinationals and...

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Nigeria: social coalition demands amendment to PIB as a way of restoring transparency and accountability in the petroleum sector

Posted on Mar 7, 2014

In Nigeria, a coalition of social and environmental justice organisations including Environmental Rights Watch/Friends of the Earth...

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Nigeria: Okomu Oil Palm Company – destroying communities for oil palm expansion

Posted on Mar 7, 2014

Okomu Oil Palm, which operates in the palm oil as well as rubber production business, was established in 1976 as a Federal Government of...

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Bleeding Oil – VIDEO

Posted on Dec 3, 2013

“Bleeding Oil” is a documentary about the ecological disaster in Nigeria caused by global oil...

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The unequal and perverse exchange between Nigeria and colonialist corporate powers: from fossil fuels to industrial oil palm plantations and REDD

Posted on Dec 3, 2013

    Fossil fuels began to replace wood as an energy source in England in the 18th Century, a switch that went hand-in-hand with...

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Calabar Declaration

Posted on Nov 18, 2013

   Also available in French We, members of communities affected by industrial monoculture oil palm plantations, including peasant...

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Nigera: A unique example of community based forest management at the Ekuri community

Posted on Oct 31, 2013

  Introduction / Background Nigeria in West Africa is the most populous country in Africa with an estimated population of 170...

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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 – Land grab for oil: The crude reality of oil drilling in the Niger Delta

Posted on Apr 30, 2013

While land grabbing is generally associated with the taking over of land for large scale monoculture plantations, grown for export-crops or...

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Nigeria: Dutch court condemns Shell – but more justice is needed!

Posted on Feb 28, 2013

On January 30, a Dutch court ruled that the Anglo-Dutch transnational corporation Shell is responsible for polluting the Niger delta,...

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Nigeria: Environmentalist threatened for his denounces against Wilmar’s oil palm plantations

Posted on Feb 28, 2013

The Singapore based agribusiness giant Wilmar – is expanding its operations in Africa. It already has approximately 50,000 hectares...

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Oil and Human Rights

Posted on Dec 30, 2012

Fossil fuels have driven current modes of civilisation for over one and a half centuries. Coal, crude oil and gas enabled the world to...

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Nigeria

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

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Mangrove destruction by oil in Niger Delta

Posted on Jul 30, 2011

Mangrove is a thriving and fragile ecosystem that depends on other nearby ecosystems – the river and salt marshes. In turn, the health of...

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Oil palm in Nigeria: shifting from smallholders and women to mass production

Posted on Dec 30, 2010

West Africa used to be the centre of the palm oil industry. The export of palm kernels began in 1832 and by 1911 “British” West Africa...

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Nigeria: Women at forefront of struggle against oil corporations

Posted on Oct 31, 2010

With a population of some 150 million people, the Nigerian economy has been relying for more than 50 years on oil extraction by foreign...

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Nigerian Women Bear the Curse of Oil

Posted on Mar 30, 2010

The communities constantly grapple with the consequences of oil spills, gas flares and other menaces arising from unregulated explorative...

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Nigeria: Oil-in-soil and much more

Posted on Dec 30, 2009

In November 2009, 117 Nigerian organisations signed on to a statement to the government with a challenging message: leave oil in the...

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Nigeria: The long arm of justice is finally catching up on Shell

Posted on Jun 29, 2009

On June 9 Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth, Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has released a press statement describing the outcome of the...

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Nigeria: Michelin’s rubber plantations destroyed women’s livelihoods

Posted on Mar 30, 2009

“I don’t want money. I want my land back…if they give me one million Naira [the local currency] today, I will still go broke, but if...

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Video: Women raise their voices against tree plantations

Posted on Mar 30, 2009

If after reading the above articles you (as a woman within an organization, as a member of a women’s movement, as an activist on human...

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Women raise their voices against tree plantations. Testimonies from Brazil, Nigeria and Papua New Guinea

Posted on Mar 11, 2009

By the World Rainforest Movement and Forest and Biodiversity Program of Friends of the Earth International Screenplay: Flavio...

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Nigeria: Tyres at the expense of people’s livelihoods

Posted on Jan 30, 2009

Did you ever imagine that the tyres of your car may have been produced at the expense of a local community’s livelihood in...

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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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Nigeria: Gas flaring – major contributor to climate change and human rights abuses

Posted on Nov 25, 2008

Nigeria holds 11,700 square kilometers of mangrove forest: the third largest in the world and the largest in Africa. Most of this mangrove...

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Nigeria: Godforsaken by oil

Posted on Mar 16, 2002

The Niger Delta is one of the world’s largest wetlands, and the largest in Africa: it encompasses over 20,000 square kilometers. It is a...

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Nigeria: People protect mangroves against shrimp farming

Posted on Oct 27, 2001

The Nigerian area of saline mangrove swamps stretches through the coastal states with 504,800 hectares in the Niger Delta and 95,000...

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Nigeria: Palm oil deficit in a traditional palm oil producing country

Posted on Jun 12, 2001

Oil palm is indigenous to the Nigerian coastal plain, having migrated inland as a staple crop. In the case of Nigeria, oil palm cultivation...

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Gold Medal to Shell: A mockery to Nigeria’s peoples

Posted on Feb 13, 2001

Oil companies are worldwide known for the negative environmental impact they produce both at the local and the global levels. While in the...

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Nigeria: Malaysian corporation to invest in palm oil production

Posted on Dec 13, 2000

Malaysia is the world’s top producer and exporter of palm oil, generating fifty percent of the global output, of which 85% is...

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Nigeria: Shell’s choice between profits and principles

Posted on Nov 16, 2000

Shell is continuing its clever misleading propaganda orchestrated through advertisements circulating in the most influencial press media of...

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Nigeria: At whose expense is oil drilled in the Niger Delta?

Posted on Sep 17, 2000

Indigenous peoples of the oil-rich Niger Delta region continue to suffer environmental degradation, poverty and violence to the hands of...

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Nigeria: Poverty, oil pipelines and death

Posted on Jul 17, 2000

Blaming the victims is common practice in many places. In the case of Nigeria, such practice can only be defined as criminal. On July 11,...

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Nigeria: Shell sets forests on fire

Posted on Apr 18, 2000

In October 1999 the Nigerian Minister of the Environment himself blamed multinational oil companies for the situation reigning in the Niger...

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Environmental racism in Nigeria

Posted on Mar 19, 2000

There is ample proof that oil prospection and extraction constitutes a major cause of forest degradation and destruction, which brings with...

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Nigeria: Cross River’s forests need your help

Posted on Dec 20, 1999

Between 70 and 80% of Nigeria’s original forests have disappeared and nowadays the area of its territory occupied by forests is...

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A positive change in oil activities in Nigeria?

Posted on Nov 20, 1999

The Urhobo National Assembly (UNA), which represents the Urhobo nation in the Nigerian federal state, stopped all oil exploration...

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Nigeria: the struggle continues

Posted on Oct 20, 1999

Four years have passed since the judicial murder of Ken Saro Wiwa together with other eight human rights activists to the hands of the...

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Nigeria: victory of local communities over Texaco

Posted on Sep 24, 1999

The Niger Delta, in the southern region of Nigeria, has been the scenario of environmental destruction and human rights abuses related to...

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Oil and violence in Nigeria

Posted on Jun 25, 1999

Oil exploitation is responsible for the destruction of mangroves, local community displacement and suffering, as well as environmental...

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Nigeria: threatened mangroves

Posted on May 25, 1999

Thousands of hectares of mangrove forest and fresh water swamps of the Niger Delta, in the Cross River State, will be destroyed by ongoing...

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Human rights abuses in Nigeria continue

Posted on May 25, 1999

In spite of political changes after the coming to power of the new military government headed by General Abdulsalami Abubakar in 1998 the...

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Ogoni released in Nigeria: a light of hope

Posted on Sep 27, 1998

The news of the release on September 9th. of the 20 Ogoni youths that had been held without charge since 1994, is a hope for reconciliation...

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Nigeria: NGO nominated for the Sophie Prize

Posted on Jun 30, 1998

The Sophie Foundation, an organization based in Norway, has nominated the Nigerian NGO Environmental Rights Action, for the Sophie Prize...

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Nigeria: Shell sets forest ablaze

Posted on Mar 2, 1998

News of huge forest fires -as the ones that affected Indonesia and those that are spreading in Roraima in the Brazilian Amazon- are...

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Nigeria: WRM “unwittingly subversive”

Posted on Feb 2, 1998

As a response to a fax sent by the WRM International Secretariat requesting information about Baton Mittee, Nigerian activist arrested in...

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Nigerian Diplomacy

Posted on Dec 2, 1997

As a response to our fax dated 31/10/97 requesting information on the arrest of Nnimmo Bassey, the International Secretariat of the WRM...

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Nigeria: Nnimmo Bassey imprisoned and released

Posted on Nov 5, 1997

Nnimmo Bassey, President of Oilwatch Africa, was detained on Sunday 26 October, when returning to Nigeria from the meeting of the...

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