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NEW REPORT – A Global Overview of Wood-based Bioenergy: Production, Consumption, Trends and Impacts

Posted 10th December 2014 in agrofuels, bio energy, biodiversity, Forests

Lima, Perú – In the context of the different international negotiations, including the current UNFCCC’s COP20, bioenergy and an entire bioeconomy are promoted as solutions to climate and economic crisis. Underlying this is the premise that endless economic growth can and must be sustained, and that we can resolve these crises by simply substituting fossil for biological energy sources. This misguided approach distracts attention from real solutions, which must address the grossly unsustainable over­ consumption …

Frustrating Times in the Fight against Biofuel Burning and Deforestation

Posted 11th February 2014 in agrofuels, biodiversity, Biomass and Bioenergy, Blog, Forests, REDD, Underlying Causes of Forest Loss

By Missi Davis for the Global Forest Coalition

Forests cover nearly a third of the land on Earth, producing oxygen supporting a vast diversity of wildlife. Deforestation is responsible for around 15% of carbon emissions. Despite this, the planet loses 46-58 million square miles of forest every year. The global fight against deforestation continues to struggle against the rampant violation of the world’s forests. The fight against biofuel pollution has suffered a number of setbacks recently, unfortunately, and recent …

World Bank Must End Support for Honduran Palm Oil Company Implicated in Dozens of Murders

Posted 19th March 2013 in agrofuels, bio energy, Forests

Press release: Friends of the Earth International, Global Forest Coalition, Urgewald, Rights Action, Rettet den Regenwald/Rainforest Rescue, Global Justice Ecology Project, Biofuelwatch

19th March 2013 – International NGOs have condemned a statement by the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) [1] which defends the record of a Honduran palm oil company, Grupo Dinant, which is implicated in dozens of murders as well as other human rights abuses.  The IFC statement explicitly admits to supporting training for the company’s armed security guards.  …

Turning Forests into Fuel for the New ‘Bio-economy?’: What Really Happens When Forests are Commodified-Voices From Around The World

Posted 27th November 2012 in agrofuels, bio energy, biodiversity, Climate change, Forests, Indigenous Peoples, REDD

Extensive monoculture tree plantations in South Africa. Photo: Isis Alvarez.

Doha, Qatar– As Governments gathering for the 18th Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP18) continue discussions on the need to address the drivers of forest loss, the Global Forest Coalition [1], today launches a video repository [2] that tells a powerful story about the commodification of forests as a key driver of climate change. This can only worsen as new industrial ‘bio-economy’ strategies …

Peoples Biodiversity Festival: the Commercialization of Biodiversity

Posted 16th October 2012 in agrofuels, Blog, CBD COPs

By La Via Campesina

Farmers movements, members of the global peasants movement la Via Campesina organized a talk on “the commercialization of biodiversity” at the Peoples Biodiversity Festival organized by various peoples organizations in Hyderabad in the backdrop of the ongoing CBD negotiations. The participants were members of the karnatas farmers movement- KRRS as well as mr Pablo Solon, executive director of advocacy NGO focus on the global south, Isis Alvarez from Colombia representing Global Forest Coalition.

Mr KC KC Basavraj of KRRS …

Biodiversity and Livelihoods under Attack from Industrial Bio-economy Strategy

Posted 25th September 2012 in agrofuels, bio energy, biodiversity, Forests, market based conservation


The EU is rapidly developing a new type of ‘post-fossil fuel’ economy, dubbed the ‘bio-economy’ (as described in the report “Bio-economies: the EU’s real ‘Green Economy’ agenda? 1), and numerous countries around the world – including the US, Canada, Japan, Brazil, India, China, Malaysia, and South Africa – are already following suit. But the implications of a rapid switch to bio-economies are stark – for biodiversity and forest, for the lives and livelihoods of those …

On 21st September the world must know the true costs of industrial monoculture tree plantations

Posted 21st September 2012 in agrofuels, Biomass and Bioenergy, Blog, Climate Finance

Externalised costs and the harmful effects of industrial tree plantations need to be far better understood by governments in Africa and elsewhere around the world. The numerous social problems and negative environmental impacts caused by expanding tree plantations in developing countries in the South are driven mainly by high demand for throw-away paper products and packaging used or wasted by ordinary people and businesses in affluent Northern countries.

However additional new demand for plantation biomass as a fuel for power stations and other energy-intensive industrial …

Activist Groups Denounce Bio-economy and Sustainable Biomass Myth on International Day against Monoculture Tree Plantations

Posted 20th September 2012 in agrofuels, bio energy, Forests, market based approaches, REDD

Monoculture tree plantations in Brazil. Photo: Anne Petermann, GJEP, US.


On the occasion of the International Day of Protest Against Monoculture Tree Plantations {1}, the Global Forest Coalition [2], Biofuelwatch [3] Critical Information Collective [4] and Global Justice Ecology Project [5] warn against EU and US plans to expand the bio-economy [6]. 

This new industrial strategy assumes that massive amounts of additional biomass could be produced sustainably in order to be burned …

Farmers’ Actions Victoriously Shut down Bioethanol Plant

Posted 31st August 2012 in agrofuels

GFC’s International Fact Finding Mission in May 2011 to assess the impacts of this devastating agrofuels project

Demanding the EcoFuel to immediately vacate their land

Manila, PHILIPPINES – In a joint statement today, the Asian Peasant Coalition (APC), the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) and the Danggayan dagiti Mannalon ti Isabela (DAGAMI-Isabela), said that because of the farmers’ militant actions the Bio-ethanol plant was victoriously shut down in San Mariano town in the province of Isabela in northeastern Philippines.

At the forefront of the bio-ethanol project is Green …

Press Release: GMO Trees and the Green Economy: Green Deserts for All?

Posted 19th June 2012 in agrofuels, bio energy, Rio+20

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil–While the highly controversial “Sustainable Energy for All” initiative [1] is underway today at Energy Day at the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, the international STOP GE Trees Campaign [2] is demanding a global ban on the release of destructive and dangerous genetically engineered trees (also called GE trees, GMO trees or GM trees) into the environment.

Brazil is one of the most active countries in promoting the development of GE trees for the production of “renewable” bioenergy.

“Much …