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Bonn, Asuncion, 3 June 2013
As another round of climate talks  opens today in Bonn, Germany, a coalition of human rights and forest groups have launched a manual for communities on alternatives to REDD+ and other forms of ‘green land grabbing’ .
The manual, which has been produced by the Global Forest Coalition , Critical Information Collective , Biofuelwatch , the ICCA Consortium  and Econexus  highlights the risks of REDD+  projects and large-scale bioenergy production schemes for communities. Many of these schemes have been associated with involuntary displacements of communities and other forms of so-called ‘green land grabbing’.
Updated! Climate Space – World Social Forum – Tunis March 26-30/ 2013
Rethinking strategies to fight for our future
The 2013 World Social Forum will be held this March 26-30 in Tunisia, where only 2 years ago, a revolution began and resulted into a historic change that created a ripple effect in the region. Now Tunisia is an inspiration to movement, both old and new, across the globe.
Global Forest Coalition warmly welcomes Dr. Andrey Laletin as the new Chairperson of its Board, following its 8th annual meeting in Hyderabad, India, in October 2012. Andrey is a Russian ecologist, and CEO and Chairman of the Council of Friends of the Siberian Forests, with whom he has worked for the last two decades. Andrey’s extensive experience incorporates international forest policy, protected areas management, Russian forestry and forest legislation, conservation and the sustainable use of forests, traditional forest knowledge, forest biodiversity, and criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management.
GFC also owes a great debt of gratitude to departing Chairperson, Fiu Elisara, who has devoted so much of his time and energies to GFC’s campaigning and development over the last two years. Happily, Fiu will continue to work closely with GFC as a continuing board member, and GFC’s board thus increases to four people: Andrey Laletin, Fiu Elisara, Estebancio Castro and Mary Lou Malig.
A further welcome goes to Wally Menne, of Timberwatch, South Africa, who now takes up the role of Chair of GFC’s Coordinating Group, previously held by Andrey Laletin.