World Rainforest Movement

Working conditions and health impacts of industrial tree monocultures

The environmental impacts of industrial tree monocultures have been widely documented, as have the effects of this industry on local communities in the countries of the South. However, relatively little is known about the working conditions of those who are employed on these plantations and the effects of this work on their health.

The purpose of this publication is to share the information we have gathered on these issues, and to promote further study of working conditions and health impacts in the many countries where large-scale industrial plantations of eucalyptus, pine, acacia, oil palm, rubber and other tree species have been established.

Working conditions and health impacts of industrial tree monocultures