World Rainforest Movement recently published a statement, signed by 26 Brazilian organisations, opposing REDD. Specifically, the statement is in opposition to the German-funded REDD Early Movers programme in the state of Mato Grosso. So far, REM has operated in the state of Acre. The NGO statement describes REM as an example of how “Foreign capital is now valuing the functions of nature, which have been transformed into ‘environmental services’.”
From 11-15 August 2010, the fourth Social Forum of the Americas took place in Asuncion, in Paraguay. The forum started with a march through the city, with about five thousand people taking part. Viá Campesina organised a campground for the rural communities from Paraguay who made up about half of those present. About three hundred workshops took place and at the end the Social Forum produced a Declaration.