World Rainforest Movement




WRM bulletins

Bulletin Issue 83 – June 2004

THE FOCUS OF THIS ISSUE: THE IMPACTS OF PULP PRODUCTION 

The production of pulp and paper has long been associated with deforestation and environmental pollution. More recently, it has been the driving force behind the spread of fast-growth tree monocultures to feed ever increasing paper and cardboard consumption. Given that trees grow faster in tropical and subtropical countries –where land, water and labour are cheap and where environmental protection is less stringent than in the North- the industry has also begun to shift pulp production to the South.

Given the destructive character of both pulpwood plantations and pulp production, we thought it useful for people involved in or affected by plantations or pulp-related pollution, to dedicate an entire WRM bulletin to this issue. The first part of the bulletin aims at clarifying the general aspects of pulp production and consumption, while the second part focuses on specific country situations.

OUR VIEWPOINT

THE PULP AND PAPER SCENARIO

THE LOCAL IMPACTS OF PULP MILLS