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Marching forward: Women, resistance and counter-power:

Posted on Mar 7, 2018

The Transnational Institute’s State of Power 2018 report highlights three interviews with women activists who have displayed incredible...

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“Industrial Tree Plantations Invading Eastern and Southern Africa”

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

This briefing, compiled by the World Rainforest Movement (WRM) and the Timberwatch Coalition (TW), is now also available in Swahili. It...

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Southern African women organising against the violence of extractivism

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

The extractivist paradigm in Southern Africa threatens the lives and livelihoods of peasant communities, in particular women and girls: From the Tete Province in Mozambique, where women confront water scarcity and pollution to Zimbabwe’s Marange community, where militarised and often sexualised violence haunts women’s daily lives.

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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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Industrial tree plantations in eastern and southern Africa

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

This article gives an overview on the industrial tree plantation expansion threat in eastern and southern African countries, its external drivers, as well as the challenges this expansion presents to affected communities struggling to defend their land and livelihoods.

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Violence, appropriation and resistance: Eastern and southern Africa

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

In order to better understand peoples’ struggles across the southern and eastern regions of Africa, reflecting on its history is crucial. This editorial highlights some parts of this history. And this, of course, is just the tip of the iceberg.

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In memoriam of Wally Menne – “Plantations are not Forests”

Posted on Oct 30, 2017

As WRM team, we are shocked and sad with the news that Wally Menne passed away, given the force and energy with which Wally always...

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Mashamba makubwa ya miti kwa ajili ya viwanda yanavyovamia Mashariki na Kusini mwa Afrika

Posted on Oct 9, 2017

Taarifa hii ya pamoja kati ya Timberwatch Coalition na World Rainforest Movement inalenga katika mambo mbalimbali ya ndani na nje...

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An umbrella for non-compliance: “Air Quality Offsets” in South Africa

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

How air quality offsets were set in place Air quality offsets in South Africa are part of a push back against gains made in air quality...

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Industrial Tree Plantations Invading Eastern and Southern Africa

Posted on Oct 5, 2016

New briefing: “Industrial Tree Plantations Invading Eastern and Southern Africa” In the context of emerging global trends in...

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“Sacred Sites are living places”: the voices of Custodians in Africa

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

The short film “Sacred Voices”, supported by the African Biodiversity Network and the Gaia Foundation, shares the messages of eight...

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A blueprint for environmental racism

Posted on May 9, 2016

In 1969, at the age of 3 my parents were forced to move from the home in which I was born, in a neighbourhood of people of all colours,...

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Forestry Community Forum: Community mobilisation in plantation forestry

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The Forestry Community Forum is an organisation of dwellers and labour tenants residing in plantation forestry / worker villages in the...

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The Durban Declaration against REDD

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

The Global Coalition Against REDD in alliance with the No REDD in Africa Network (NRAN) and supported by many international organizations...

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Plantations are not forests!

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

In September 2015, the UN Organization for Food and Agriculture (FAO) will held the World Forestry Congress in Durban, South Africa, on the...

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Organizations protest against the XIV FAO World Forestry Congress

Posted on Sep 9, 2015

On the occasion of the XIV World Forestry Congress, organized by the FAO in Durban, South Africa, between 7 and 11 September, we, members...

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10th September 2015 is the Global Day of Action against Fake Forests

Posted on Aug 17, 2015

Dear all In Durban we will march to protest the expansion of industrial tree plantations that destroy ecosystems and biodiversity, steal...

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World Forestry Congress in Africa 2015: More tree monocultures or more forest conservation for Africa?

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

  In September this year, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is organizing the XIV World Forestry...

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African Amazons fight destruction of forests

Posted on Mar 10, 2015

In recent decades, the sustainable management of natural resources and the conservation of biological diversity have become a major...

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EU support for wood-based ‘bioenergy’ fuels forest destruction and land-grabbing

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

    Back in 2009, the European Union agreed on a 20% renewable energy target by 2020. Most of the target is expected to be met...

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South Africa – Celebrate the International Day of Struggle against Monoculture Tree Plantations!

Posted on Sep 19, 2014

By Geasphere, South Africa Since 2004,21st September is a special day used to raise awareness about the impacts of large-scale timber...

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South Africa: Pulp Industry expansion – land-grabbing disguised as community development

Posted on Sep 11, 2013

  During the Apartheid era many South Africans were deprived of their traditional land through laws that led to their displacement...

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BRICS, development and land grabbing

Posted on Apr 30, 2013

In March 2013, the presidents of the so-called BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – met in Durban, South...

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South Africa

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

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South Africa: How Green is my Power?

Posted on Sep 30, 2012

Sappi Limited, South African producer of pulp and paper, plans the construction of a biomass combustion plant at Ngodwana Mill, Mpumalanga....

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Africa: Social movements building resistance

Posted on Aug 30, 2012

Members of farmers’ organizations, women’s movements and civil society organizations from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Swaziland,...

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Industrial monoculture tree plantations in South Africa: The culture of traditional healers versus the culture of consumption

Posted on Jan 30, 2012

In the reports about the effects of industrial tree plantations of eucalyptus, pine or oil palm on peoples’ lives, negative impacts...

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False solutions to climate change enabling land grabbing in Africa

Posted on Nov 30, 2011

Next week an international farmers’ conference will take place in Mali to stop land grabbing. Organized by La Via Campesina, it is...

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South Africa: The killing of Baboon in FSC-certified timber plantations

Posted on Feb 28, 2011

GeaSphere is an environmental pressure group working towards a more sustainable model of living based on lower impact agriculture practices...

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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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South Africa: Research shows conclusive results on the impacts of tree plantations on water

Posted on Dec 30, 2010

At a time when water resources are becoming scarce and ever more threatened by global warming and climate change, a research carried out in...

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South Africa: Thirsty alien trees in a water scarce country

Posted on Apr 29, 2010

GeaSphere and EcoDoc have just launched a report by Liane Greeff of EcoDoc Africa, “Thirsty alien trees, no water left and climate...

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South Africa: Threatened grasslands

Posted on Jan 30, 2010

Natural forests aren’t the only landscapes being taken over by timber plantations. South Africa’s biologically diverse native...

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New video online on timber plantations in Southern Africa

Posted on May 30, 2009

The Southern African organization GeaSphere has produced the online video “Earth Matters” which can be viewed (in two parts)...

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Timber Plantations in Southern Africa

Posted on Dec 15, 2008

Timber plantations in southern Africa are concentrated in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Swaziland, but they are also expanding in Mozambique....

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South Africa: Tree plantations ravaged by fire turned a lurking tragedy into a sad reality

Posted on Sep 27, 2008

Monoculture is against nature, which is diverse. That is why an unnatural system like industrial plantations of tree monocultures triggers...

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South Africa: Letter for the de-certification of FSC certified plantations in South Africa

Posted on Sep 1, 2007

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

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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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Memoria de una gira de campo. Evaluación de la certificación FSC a plantaciones en KwaZuluNatal – Sudáfrica

Posted on Apr 5, 2006

Only in available in Spanish – Por Javier Baltodano – Grupo de Trabajo en la Revisión de las Políticas de Certificación a...

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A Study of the Social and Economic Impacts of Industrial Tree Plantations in the KwaZulu – Natal Province of South Africa

Posted on Dec 25, 2005

By John Blessing Karumbidza In the industrial tree-growing sector the primary initiative has entailed two particular strategies. One has...

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South Africa: Nearing one million hectares of FSC certified plantations

Posted on Nov 7, 2002

South African activists have for years been campaigning against the spread of industrial alien tree plantations. Wally Menne, from the...

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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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South Africa FAO Forest Definition a Threat to Biodiversity

Posted on Mar 16, 2002

Wally Menne, a member of the South African Timberwatch Coalition, sent the following message to Magnus Grylle of the Food and Agriculture...

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South Africa: Tree plantations’ impacts on bird populations

Posted on Feb 20, 2002

South Africa (including South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland)) has been blessed with 40 or so endemic bird species. Twelve of these are...

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South Africa: Where impact of plantations on water is accepted as fact

Posted on Sep 11, 2001

The establishment of large-scale fast growing tree monocrops is always accompanied by a debate on the issue of water. The vast majority of...

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South Africa: Quo vadis FSC?

Posted on Apr 13, 2001

Certification of monoculture timber plantations as “sustainably managed forests” by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) makes an...

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South Africa: The alien tree species threat to grassland biodiversity

Posted on Mar 13, 2001

Invasion of habitats by alien plants is one of the causes of the extinction of native species. Some plant species have developed the...

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South Africa: Grassland ecosystem destruction by tree plantations

Posted on Jun 18, 2000

South Africa boosts an area of 1.5 million hectares of tree plantations, mostly composed of eucalyptus and pine trees, as well as a lesser...

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South Africa: Symposium on industrial tree plantations

Posted on May 18, 2000

The Timberwatch Coalition of South Africa is organizing a symposium -that will take place on June 10th in the city of Pietermaritzburg- to...

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South Africa: just poetry and emotion?

Posted on Jan 20, 2000

The expansion of the tree plantation model in South Africa has given place to a heated debate. Philip Owen, from SAWAC (South African Water...

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South Africa: what are the true costs of woodlots?

Posted on Dec 20, 1999

What is a woodlot? Is it a patch of land planted to trees for the purpose of supplying the fuel and timber needs of a rural community? Or...

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South Africa: The Big Lie

Posted on Oct 20, 1999

  The Tourism industry has done, and is doing much more for Responsible Environmental Management than the “forestry”...

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South Africa: Industrial timber plantations – asset and liability

Posted on Sep 24, 1999

Industrial timber plantations go under the name of forestry. This is deceiving, as it carries the image of beautiful indigenous forests....

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South Africa: resistance to tree monocultures in grasslands

Posted on Aug 24, 1999

Even if natural forests in South Africa do not occupy more than 300,000 hectares, this country is an important exporter of wood products....

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Privatizing plantations in South Africa

Posted on Jun 25, 1999

The South African government announced last March that the state-owned timber plantations company SAFCOL, would be privatized. The company...

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South Africa: “Around me, despite good rains, countless fountains are drying up”

Posted on Jun 25, 1999

The expansion of monoculture tree plantations in the temperate region of the globe is provoking concern due to its negative effects on...

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South Africa: “How green are my plantations?”

Posted on Jun 24, 1999

A very interesting debate on the impacts of tree monocultures in South Africa is currently taking place in the SAWAC (Southern Africa Water...

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South Africa: exotic tree plantations are green wastelands

Posted on May 25, 1999

What follows is a contribution sent by a new friend of the WRM for its dissemination, which highlights problems caused by tree monocultures...

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South Africa: the ways of the powerful pulp industry

Posted on Jul 30, 1998

Timber plantations have been a part of the South African landscape for more than a century. Colonial settlement brought a wide range of...

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Good news from South Africa

Posted on Mar 2, 1998

The Kruger National Park is to be enlarged by 5,000 hectares, while by the same agreement recently concluded, the Makuleke community...

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South Africa: “social benefits” of industrial tree plantations

Posted on Dec 2, 1997

The Forest Owners’ Association recently released a report from results of a survey during the first nine months of last year on...

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South Africa: more pulp industry development

Posted on Oct 5, 1997

A new pulp mill that will produce between 400,000 and 500,000 metric tonnes a year, largely for export, is being planned for the...

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Article on tree plantations for South Africa

Posted on Sep 5, 1997

We wrote an article on the issue of tree plantations, aimed at a South African audience, for the Environmental Networking Justice...

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Malaysians in South Africa, South Africans in Brazil

Posted on Aug 7, 1997

Malaysian forestry companies could be given a thirty-year concession in South Africa to establish 300.000 hectares of industrial tree...

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