World Rainforest Movement

The Pinochet forestry model and the expansionist efforts of irresponsible politicians and business owners

“El modelo forestal pinochetista y los intentos expansionistas de irresponsables políticos y empresarios” (The Pinochet forestry model and the expansionist efforts of irresponsible politicians and business owners), by Mapuexpress Informativo Mapuche, an independent news agency operated by a Mapuche indigenous organization. A selection of news stories, opinion pieces and background material related to the discussion of a bill presented by the Chilean government for approval with “great urgency”, which seeks to extend Decree Law 701 for another 20 years. This law, adopted during the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, established the conditions for the expansion of monoculture pine and eucalyptus plantations. While significantly benefiting two powerful local business groups, Matte (CMPC) and Angelini (Arauco-Celco), the plantation model has caused the devastation of territories and populations and the destruction of rural life in social, environmental, cultural and economic terms. http://www.mapuexpress.net/?act=news&id=10466

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