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David Nilsson: Carbon Cowboy

22 Nov

This year, I have written three posts on REDD-Monitor about an Australian “businessman” called David Nilsson and his activities in Peru. I suggested that he should receive the award of Australian carbon cowboy of the year, after his interactions with the Matsés Indigenous Peoples.

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REDD-Monitor’s May 2011 round-up: Watching REDD unravel

28 May

A round-up of everything you need to know in the world of REDD this month. Well, almost everything.

By Chris Lang, WRM Bulletin 166, May 2011

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Forest destroyer Oji Paper to carry out REDD feasibility study in Laos

29 Nov

Oji Paper has cleared large areas of forest in Laos to make way for its industrial tree plantations. Now the company hopes to get REDD funding for its monocultures.

By Chris Lang, WRM Bulletin 160, November 2010

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Monocultures on the March in Southeast Asia

19 Sep

Monocultures continue to expand in Southeast Asia – as does the resistance to them.

By Chris Lang, WRM Bulletin 158, September 2010

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REDD text an insult to Indigenous Peoples

18 Dec

Whilst the latest Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) text doesn’t have the words “Made in the USA” anywhere on it, it should have.

By Chris Lang, Published in Climate Chronicle No. 5, Transnational Institute’s COP-15 newspaper, 17 December 2009.

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REDD, REDD+, REDD++, REDD and bacon, sausage and spam …

14 Dec

Getting tired of the ever expanding REDD plans? Me too.

By Chris Lang, Published in Climate Chronicle No. 3, Transnational Institute’s COP-15 newspaper, 11 December 2009

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Cambodia’s Prey Long forest is “equivalent to life itself” for local communities

18 Jun

The largest area of intact lowland evergreen forests in southeast Asia is under threat.
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Cambodia: Indigenous Jarai take out legal case to reclaim their land

28 Mar

Keat Kolney, a Cambodian businesswoman with very close links to the government, has tricked villagers in Ratanakiri province out of their land. Villagers are fighting back through the courts.
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Laos: Vietnamese companies set up rubber plantations in the south

27 Dec

Vietnamese companies are setting up rubber plantations in the south of Laos, impacting on local people’s livelihoods and destroying forests.
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The expansion of industrial tree plantations in Cambodia and Laos

26 Dec

The area of tree plantations in Cambodia and Laos is expanding rapidly, as are the impacts on villagers and their environments.
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West Papua: Biodiversity and freedom

27 Mar

For more than 40 years, West Papua has been an occupied country. The scientists exploring West Papua’s extraordinary biodiversity should not forget this.
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New WRM report on industrial tree plantations in Cambodia

26 Mar

A new WRM report records the impact of two companies’ tree plantations on local communities.
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Cambodia: Plantations and the death of the forests

21 Dec

The Cambodian government has handed out hundreds of thousands of hectares for industrial tree plantations. The results have been disastrous for the forests, local people and for workers employed by the plantation companies.
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Laos: Aiding or abetting? Internal resettlement and international aid agencies

27 Oct

Over the last decade tens of thousands of Indigenous People in Laos have been moved from their remote upland homes. A new report asks whether some aid agencies, including the EU and the ADB, are in effect facilitating human rights violations by supporting this internal resettlement.
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Glyphosate herbicide, the poison from the skies

28 Aug

As part of its “war on drugs”, the US continues to finance herbicide spraying of coca crops in Colombia. The impact on production, trade and consumption of drugs is practically nil. The impact on people and the environment in Colombia is devastating.
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Laos: In the cooking pot – Indigenous Katu diet and livelihoods

26 Aug

A recent study of the Katu by Jutta Krahn documents how their diet and livelihoods are changing.
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Burma: The politics of conservation – Wildlife Conservation Society

13 Jul

Eyes wide shut – the Wilderness Conservation Society is in bed with the murderous Burmese regime.
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Legal and illegal logging in Vietnam

20 Mar

A new report by Pamela McElwee, “You say illegal, I say legal”, explores the issues behind illegal logging in Vietnam.
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Laos: US war on drugs is leading to increased poverty

25 May

The US is supporting a drug programme in Laos which is impoverishing thousands of people.
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Vietnam: Government repression of Indigenous Peoples

24 May

The Vietnamese government responded brutally to peaceful demonstrations by Indigenous Peoples in the Central Highlands of Vietnam in April.
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ADB’s draft forest policy: The politics of participation

1 Oct

The ADB likes to talk about “stakeholders”, “participation” and “consultation”, but the Bank’s review of its forest policy demonstrates that these words have no meaning within the Bank.
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Land concessions in Cambodia

1 Oct

The Cambodian government has handed out hundreds of thousands of hectares for industrial tree plantations. The results have been disastrous for the forests, local people and for workers employed by the plantation companies.
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Putting profits before people

28 May

A critique of the ADB’s June 2002 draft forest policy: ‘Forests for all and forever’. Sent to ADB President Tadao Chino, by Friends of the Earth International.
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Burma/Thailand/Laos: Colonial forestry – then and now

24 Mar

The imprint of colonial forestry in the Mekong Region is still felt today, as states continue to wrest control of forests from local communities.
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Cambodia: Rubber and oil palm plantations impact on local communities

25 Jun

Rubber and oil palm plantations take over large areas of land: land which is crucial to local people’s livelihoods.
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