World Rainforest Movement

The “benefits” of tree plantations: shattering the myths

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

International Day against Monoculture Tree Plantations is a good opportunity to expose the myths being spread around about the so-called...

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Myth No. 1: Tree plantations are “planted forests”

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

Plantations are forests in uniform. They look like soldiers all lined up in ranks, and that is what they are. Dressed in green, they march...

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Myth No. 2: Tree plantations generate jobs

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

Large-scale tree plantations do not generate jobs because they always involve as much mechanization as possible. For example, the Veracel...

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Myth No. 3: Plantations are much more productive than native forests

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

Anyone that subscribes to this idea must be someone who has either never visited a forest area surrounded by communities, or is simply...

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Myth No. 4: Tree plantations are good for the environment

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

Why is this statement simply not true? Monoculture tree plantations cannot ever improve on the natural environment that is eliminated when...

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Myth No. 5: Plantations relieve pressure on native forests

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

A typical propaganda disseminated by business interests and governments in many tropical countries is to say that plantations will relieve...

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Myth No. 6: Plantations are necessary to supply the growing need for paper

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

The need for paper is not growing. We should not confuse consumption levels with need. In rich countries, we already use far more paper...

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Myth No. 7: Plantations provide opportunities for women

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

The experience of Ecuador in areas where large-scale pine plantations have expanded shows that, far from providing women with...

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Myth No. 8: Certification ensures that plantations are socially beneficial and environmentally sustainable

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

In the area of tree plantations, the FSC has become the main body responsible for granting a certificate to plantations assessed as...

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Myth No. 9: Oil palm plantations help mitigate climate change through the production of agrodiesel

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

The expansion of oil palm plantations usually takes place at the expense of transforming natural ecosystems, particularly tropical...

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Myth No. 10: Timber plantations help to address climate change through the production of ethanol.

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

For those readers of the WRM bulletin who do not know this by now, the Southern US is the largest paper producing region in the world. Over...

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Myth No. 11: Tree plantations help to address climate change by neutralizing carbon emitted from fossil fuels

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

At a very fundamental level, dealing with climate change involves making a dramatic and immediate reduction in the amount of fossil fuels...

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Myth No. 12: Tree plantations as carbon sinks help to address climate change by offsetting carbon emitted from fossil fuels

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

From a climate perspective, tree plantations not only are not a solution. They also add yet more problems. It is impossible to predict how...

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Myth No. 13: Genetic Modification is Useful and Necessary for Improving Trees

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

There is a particular arrogance associated with this rationale. It implies that scientists and corporations know more about improving trees...

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Myth No. 14: Including plantations in the climate-related mechanism REDD (Reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) will help address climate change

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

This lie has its roots in the failure of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to differentiate between forests and...

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Myth No. 15: Planting trees to produce biochar can help to mitigate climate change

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

A coalition of start up companies, consultants and some soil scientists is promoting a new ‘solution’ for climate change: Large...

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Materials available for 21 September

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

The numerous arguments voiced, collected from the experience of those who directly suffer from the effects of monoculture tree plantations,...

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Issue 146 – September 2009

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

International Day Against Tree Monocultures.

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