Foreword: Seed diversity and agrobiodiversity worldwide face the growing threat of market liberalisation, including the FTA between India and the EU that will only suit agribusinesses. To safeguard seed diversity and farmers’ rights, a number of seed festivals have been held in different parts of India, including a large biodiversity festival in Hyderabad, last year, parallel to the CBD-COP. The seed is the first link in the food chain. It is a sacred code of evolution, an embodiment of life and memory, …
Life as Commerce
Defending Community Rights against Green Land Grabbing
This exhibition focuses on forest carbon projects, their potential impacts, and fairer and more effective alternatives. It shows how forest carbon offset projects in Africa, Asia and Meso-America have triggered violent evictions and caused fear and uncertainty amongst forest-dependent communities. Impacts are also felt in industrialized countries, by communities affected by the continued impacts of toxic pollution. Happily, there are alternatives that are more effective and more equitable, including Indigenous Peoples’ and Community Conserved territories and Areas (ICCAs). These complement the alternatives approaches to neoliberalism that are emerging, based on the concepts of Buen Vivir, food sovereignty, energy sovereignty and wood sovereignty (see below).
Critical Information Collective, Global Forest Coalition, Global Justice Ecology Project and Langelle Photography.
– Alternative ApproachesGlobal Forest Coalition
Increasing the Gender Gap: the Impacts of the Bioeconomy and Markets in Environmental Services on Women
The ‘bioeconomy’ promotes speculative markets for ecosystem-based products and services, which are increasingly promoted as a ‘green’ alternative to the fossil fuel economy. Trading in ‘ecosystem services’ such as forest carbon offsets is accompanied by a massive expansion of wood-based bioenergy and other biomass-based products.
Civil Society Views in Scaling up Biodiversity Finance, Resource Mobilization, and Innovative Financial Mechanisms
A Guide for journalists to proposals on Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry and carbon trading for COP 16
Forests and Climate Change: An Introduction to the Role of Forests
in the UN Climate Change Negotiations
Toolkit to help communities who are being asked to accept or engage in a market-based conservation project.
The impact of market-based conservation on Indigenous Peoples, local communities and women; summary report with the following five case studies.
By The Timberwatch Coalition
By: Alter Vida
(only in Spanish)
(only in Spanish)
By CENSAT Aqua Viva
By Juana Camacho Otero for Censat Agua Viva Foe-Colombia
Life as Commerce Free Trade and the Environment – A dangerous Liaison: the environment and free trade
By GFC and Comunidades Ecologistas La Ceiba Amigos de la Tierra Costa Rica
Life as Commerce: International Financial Institutions, payments for environmental services and carbon finance
The impacts of market-based biodiversity conservation on Indigenous Peoples, local communities and women
This paper mainly focusses on carbon trade and biodiversity offsets. Presented at the fifth Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity
1 November 2007
Global Forest Coalition
Nature for sale – Friends of the Earth International and Global Forest Coalition
The new markets 1: selling our carbon
(in Hindi only)
How ecotourism development capitalizes on areas that are conserved at the cost of communities in India
The social and environmental impact of the Holterberg plantations in the Netherlands
Upcoming Protests Disrupt Tree Biotech Conference Plans Asheville, NC – By a majority of almost 99.99% to .01%, the US public overwhelming rejected steps toward the legalization of genetically…
Groups Globally Oppose Plans to Burn Wood for Electricity Citing Impacts on Forests, Climate, Communities
For Immediate Release 24 April 2013 London, England – In conjunction with an action in London today outside of the Drax power plant, organizations and networks from around the world…
Converting coal plants to burn biomass only replaces one disaster with another DRAX, (and some other large coal burning utilities in the UK and elsewhere), seek to convert half of…
por Diego Rodríguez Panqueva (CENSAT-Agua Viva, GFC Latin American Focal Point) Recurrentes imágenes empresariales en alusión a lo ambiental y la preocupación por el futuro de la humanidad son el reflejo de…
Biofuelwatch has completed a new report on yet another technology that requires massive quantities of biomass, “BECCS”, or “Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Sequestration. The idea behind BECCS is that…
While the spectacular conference centre where the current climate talks are held looks rather unworldly, it is important to look at the realities behind these negotiations. In Paraguay, for example,…
Rachel Smolker, Energy Justice Network COP11’s draft decision on impacts of biofuels on biodiversity, as discussed on Thursday, is remarkably meek in its recommendations on the issue of biodiversity impacts…