Theft of natural resources from the poor

“There is now an overwhelming incentive to wreck the environment for economic reasons. The people most at risk are people who are already marginalised and excluded from politics and judicial redress, and are dependent on the environment. The countries do not respect the rule of law. Everywhere in the world, defenders are facing threats.”

John Knox, UN special rapporteur on human rights and the environment

“I am subject to pressure and threats. Millions [of dollars] are coming out of the forests and yet people have nothing – no schools, no health centres. Money is not going to the state but to private people. We are working without resources.”

A west African anti-illegal logging activist [seeking to remain anonymous]

“The conflicts are happening worldwide now because of globalisation. Capitalism is violent and global corporations are looking to poor countries for access to land and resources. Poor countries are more corruptible and have weaker law enforcement. Companies and governments now work together to kill people.”

Bobby Banerjee , researcher on resistance to global development projects, Cass Business School

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Summary: Brazil investigates alleged slaughter of Amazonian tribespeople by gold miners (09.2017)

Linkhttps://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/hl=en&shva=1#label/Planet+Earth/15e85ff4408a620b

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Summary: One man’s march for indigenous rights in Australia (09.2017)

Linkhttp://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-australia-41100410/one-man-s-march-for-indigenous-rights

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Summary: ‘Indigenous peoples are the best guardians of world’s biodiversity’ (08.2017)

Linkhttps://www.theguardian.com/environment/andes-to-the-amazon/2017/aug/03/us1-billion-oil-perus-amazon

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Summary: $1bn to clean up the oil in Peru’s northern Amazon (08.2017)

Over four decades of exploration and extraction have caused an environmental and health crisis in indigenous communities

Linkhttps://www.theguardian.com/environment/andes-to-the-amazon/2017/aug/03/us1-billion-oil-perus-amazon

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Summary: Alaska’s whale hunters wait for Trump’s Arctic oil plan (08.2017)

Linkhttp://www.bbc.com/news/av/science-environment-40803820/alaska-s-whale-hunters-wait-for-trump-s-arctic-oil-plan

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Summary: STAINED TRADE (08.2017)

Indigenous communities across PNG are seeing their livelihoods and environment destroyed as ancient rainforests are cut down by foreign-owned logging companies. Exotic wood products sold in American stores may be driving the theft of indigenous people’s land and deforestation in PNG, as well as potentially violating U.S. law.

Linkhttps://www.globalwitness.org/en/campaigns/forests/stained-trade/?utm_campaign=Twitter&utm_source=Link&utm_medium=HK

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Summary: Millions of small scale fishers facing economic exclusion (07.2017)

Linkhttps://www.theguardian.com/environment/the-coral-triangle/2017/jul/28/millions-of-small-scale-fishers-facing-economic-exclusion?CMP=share_btn_link

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Summary: Fishing communities in Asia seek net gains after Bali summit – in pictures (07.2017)

Linkhttps://www.theguardian.com/global-development/gallery/2017/jul/26/fishing-communities-asia-bali-summit-in-pictures?CMP=share_btn_link

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Summary: Environmental defenders being killed in record numbers globally, new research reveals (07.2017)

Linkhttps://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jul/13/environmental-defenders-being-killed-in-record-numbers-globally-new-research-reveals

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Summary: The Pew Charitable Trusts: Ending Illegal Fishing Project

Illegal fishing is a major threat to the sustainability of the world’s fisheries. Some estimates are that illegal and unreported fishing accounts for up to $23.5 billion worth of fish annually worldwide, and up to 20 percent of all of the wild marine fish caught globally. In some parts of the world, the situation is even more dire. For example, fisheries scientists estimate that illegal fishing accounts for up to 40 percent of fish caught in West Africa.

Link: http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/projects/ending-illegal-fishing-project

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Summary: Brazil’s indigenous affairs agency barely functioning after drain of resources (07.2017)

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/10/brazil-funai-indigenous-people-land?CMP=share_btn_link

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Summary: Ecuadorians denounce foreign loggers in Yasuni national park (06.2017)

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/andes-to-the-amazon/2017/jun/16/ecuadorians-denounce-foreign-loggers-in-yasuni-national-park?CMP=share_btn_link

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Summary:  World is plundering Africa’s wealth of ‘billions of dollars a year’ (05.2017)

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/may/24/world-is-plundering-africa-wealth-billions-of-dollars-a-year?CMP=share_btn_link

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Summary: Poor Somalian fisherman, who use environmentally sustainable fishing techniques, are being overwhelmed by large illegal commercial fishing vessels that are both stealing their catches and acting with violence against local fishermen. (04.2017)

Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-39562134

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Summary: Grand Theft Global – Prosecuting the War Crime of Natural Resource Pillage in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (02.2015)

Link: http://www.satsentinel.org/report/grand-theft-global-prosecuting-war-crime-natural-resource-pillage-democratic-republic-congo

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Summary: Prosecuting Pillaging May Be Key To Curbing Natural Resource Driven War (01.2015)

Link: http://www.mintpressnews.com/prosecuting-pillaging-maybe-key-to-curbing-natural-resource-driven-war/201758/

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Summary: Criminals and corrupt politicians steal $1 tln a year from the world’s poorest countries (09.2014)

At least $1 tln a year is being “stolen” from the world’s poorest countries by criminals and corrupt officials who siphon cash through money laundering, tax evasion and embezzlement.

Link: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/criminals-and-corrupt-politicians-steal-1trn-a-year-from-the-worlds-poorest-countries-9707104.html

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Summary: Marine Science Today: Impact of Overfishing On Human Lives (04.2014)

Link: http://marinesciencetoday.com/2014/04/09/impact-of-overfishing-on-human-lives/

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Summary: Israel Continues Its Theft of Palestinian Natural Resources (01.2014)

Link: http://www.washingtonreport.me/2014-january-february/the-nakba-continues-israel-continues-its-theft-of-palestinian-natural-resources.html

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Summary: Natural Resources, Natural Corruption?  (10.2012)

How can transparency help end the fleecing of resource-rich countries by their corrupt leaders?


Link:
 https://www.theglobalist.com/natural-resources-natural-corruption/

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Summary: GRAND THEFT TIBET: RAIDING TIBET’S RESOURCES

Link: https://www.freetibet.org/resources

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Summary: The Rise of environmental crime – UNEP Document Repository (pdf file)

Link: the rise of environmental crime – UNEP Document Repository Home

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Summary: Conserve Energy FutureCauses, effects and solutions of overfishing

Link: http://www.conserve-energy-future.com/causes-effects-solutions-of-overfishing.php

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Summary: Social impact of overfishing around the world

Link: https://sites.google.com/a/cornell.edu/overfishing-around-the-world/social-impact

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Reports:

Summary: Ecology and Society Report: Resource Theft in Tropical Forest Communities: Implications for Non-timber Management, Livelihoods, and Conservation (2011)

Link: https://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol16/iss1/art4/

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