World Rainforest Movement

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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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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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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Carbon violence: the impacts of Green Resources’ carbon plantation in Uganda

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

A new report by the Oakland Institute introduces the term ‘carbon violence’ to describe the impact of Green Resources’ plantation...

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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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REDD+ and the Underlying Causes of Deforestation and forest Degradation

Posted on Nov 13, 2013

The Global Forest Coalition launched a new report on ‘REDD+ and the Underlying Causes of Deforestation and forest Degradation’...

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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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Tanzania: Conserving mangroves … for tourism and big business

Posted on Jul 30, 2013

The land grabbing effect of conservation projects is rarely considered in the current discussion of global ‘land grabbing’. In...

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Posted on Oct 25, 2012

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CDM carbon sink tree plantations in Africa: A case study in Tanzania

Posted on May 30, 2011

By Blessing Karumbidza and Wally Menne – The Timberwatch Coalition This study dissects a tree plantation carbon sink project at Idete...

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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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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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Tanzania: Improving forest management through joint management with communities

Posted on Nov 7, 2002

Many independent states have shown little interest in revitalizing local level systems of authority, which were purposely destroyed by past...

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Tanzania: Joint and Community-Based Forest Management in the Uluguru Mountains

Posted on Oct 7, 2002

Recent changes in the Forest Policy of Tanzania (1998) and the forthcoming new Forest Act which further operationalises that Policy, have...

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Tanzania: Community-based forest management as a way forward for conservation

Posted on May 14, 2002

Biodiversity rich and varied African ecosystems, including tropical rainforests in central and western regions, were disrupted when the...

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Tanzania: Traditional knowledge in forest restoration

Posted on Apr 15, 2002

Forest restoration has become a necessity in many parts of the world, particularly where local communities are suffering from the social...

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Tanzania: The death of the Rufiji Delta Prawn Project

Posted on Oct 27, 2001

The plans to build the world’s largest shrimp aquaculture facility in the Rufiji Delta of Tanzania have encountered strong opposition...

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Tanzania: Human rights, social justice and conservation

Posted on Aug 11, 2001

Efforts to conserve certain threatened species or habitats have in too many cases been implemented at the expense of local peoples...

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Tanzania: Impasse on commercial shrimp farming at Rufiji Delta mangroves

Posted on Nov 16, 2000

The Rufiji Delta in South Eastern Tanzania holds some 53,255 hectares of unspoiled mangrove forest. These mangroves are not only a key...

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Tanzania: Gold mining adds new problems to Lake Victoria

Posted on Oct 16, 2000

The Tanzanian territory embraces a wide variety of landscapes, including mountains, savanna, bushlands and forests. Some 53,000 square...

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Tanzania: Another case of Norwegian CO2lonialism

Posted on Sep 16, 2000

A project implemented in Uganda by Norwegian company Tree Farms to set up between 80,000 and 100,000 hectares of plantations of pines and...

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Tanzania: afforestation, reforestation and the real causes of forest destruction

Posted on Dec 20, 1999

Tanzania’s forests are quickly disappearing and illegal commercial logging is the main cause of the problem. Not only does the...

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Tanzania: where illegal logging is almost legal

Posted on Oct 20, 1999

Tanzania’s 33.5 million hectares (129,310 square miles) of forests are increasingly at risk, mostly as a result of illegal logging,...

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Tanzania: preservation results in human rights abuses

Posted on Jul 24, 1999

The preservationist approach to forest protection tends to consider people as a threat to nature protection and frequently results in the...

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Tanzania: mangroves menaced by aquaculture project

Posted on Jun 30, 1998

The Rufiji Delta in South Eastern Tanzania is one of the largest blocks of mangrove forests in East and Southern Africa. It covers an area...

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