World Rainforest Movement

The dangers of transgenic trees

Posted on May 24, 2018

Transgenic Trees Will Expand the Disaster of Tree Plantations. Already in Chile monoculture plantations of pine and eucalyptus are producing terrible impacts on rural communities, on people’s health, access to water, agriculture and forests.

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Letter to FSC for complicity in crimes and impacts of industrial forestry exploitation in Chile

Posted on Nov 6, 2017

Available only in English and Spanish

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Chile: Rebuilding productive resistance after the forest fires

Posted on Jul 7, 2017

At the beginning of 2017, the south central region of Chile suffered a wave of fires that lasted for several weeks and affected around...

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Genetically Engineered Trees: A technology that expands monoculture plantations

Posted on Jul 7, 2017

The January 2017 bulletin focused on the numerous initiatives being announced worldwide that promote the expansion of millions of hectares...

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Declaration from the Campaign to STOP GE Tree

Posted on Jun 15, 2017

After IUFRO: Campaign Denounces Violence of Timber Industry “Get the forestry corporations out of UdeC” & “Ciao IUFRO” Photo:...

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Chile: New wave of forest fires

Posted on Feb 8, 2017

Organizations in Chile demand an end to the national policy and instruments that have been created to favor the development of tree...

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Financialisation of water: what is it all about?

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

In the past few years, mechanisms aimed to transform fundamental natural components of commons (biodiversity, land, water, forests and...

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Stop the corporate fire in Chile! Forest fires and their causes

Posted on May 6, 2015

Forest fires in the south of Chile have been very aggressive this year, affecting thousands of hectares of forests from three protected...

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Transgenic trees in Chile: Urgent need to modify DNA of policies, not plants

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

  Transgenic forestry in Chile is shrouded in mystery, secretiveness and corporate lobbies. While state agencies deny that transgenic...

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Voices from the Second Congress of the National Association of Rural and Indigenous Women of Chile (ANAMURI)

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

Radio Mundo Real produced a special program on caring for Nature, highlighting the voices of women from different Latin American...

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The resistance struggle of indigenous women in defence of life

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

Throughout history, indigenous women have been committed to the struggles of their peoples and communities, although often their...

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Planting poverty: The forestry business in Chile

Posted on Mar 6, 2015

This documentary produced by “Periódico Resumen” addresses the origins and consequences of the expansion of the tree plantation...

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Chile: Discredited FSC label continues to legitimize industrial tree plantations  

Posted on Feb 23, 2015

The companies Forestal Mininco y Forestal Arauco account for the vast majority of tree plantation activities in Chile, with almost two...

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When forests aren’t really forests: the high cost of Chile’s tree plantations,

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

According to Global Forest Watch, Chile’s forests are expanding. On the ground, however, a different scene plays out: monocultures have...

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Monocultivos de árboles en América Latina: situación laboral y destrucción de economías locales

Posted on Aug 29, 2014

Only available in Spanish By the WRM and RECOMA Download as pdf here Las empresas que promueven plantaciones en gran escala de monocultivos...

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HidroAysén project rejected by ministerial committee due to strong social pressure

Posted on Jul 4, 2014

Mapuexpress (in Spanish) After more than five years of hard-fought struggle against the HidroAysén energy mega-project, which would have...

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Chile: Tree plantations behind the fire in Valparaíso

Posted on Jun 10, 2014

In early 2012, voracious fires swept through thousands of hectares in various regions of Chile, including la Araucanía and Bío Bío, in...

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Chile: Tree plantation companies and indigenous rights, a longstanding conflict

Posted on Mar 7, 2014

Historically, relations between Mapuche indigenous communities and the forestry industry have been marked by conflict, primarily because...

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OLCA en el Día Internacional de Lucha contra los Monocultivo de Árboles

Posted on Sep 21, 2013

Only available in Spanish – Este 21 de septiembre, día internacional de la lucha contra los monocultivo de árboles, OLCA pone a...

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Chile: ¡No más expansión de pinos y eucaliptus! Selección de materiales de MapuExpress por el 21 de setiembre

Posted on Sep 20, 2013

Only available in Spanish –     En el marco del día internacional de Lucha contra los Monocultivos de Árboles este 21 de...

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

Posted on Jun 30, 2013

“El modelo forestal pinochetista y los intentos expansionistas de irresponsables políticos y empresarios” (The Pinochet forestry model...

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Mapuche conflict in Chile: The need for dialogue to address historic demands

Posted on Jan 30, 2013

Since 1881, the Chilean state has attempted to “Chileanize” the Mapuche indigenous people, maintaining them in a state of permanent...

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Chile: Suspension of work on Pascua Lama mine project

Posted on Jan 7, 2013

A resolution adopted by the Chilean government’s National Geology and Mining Service ordered a temporary but total stoppage of drilling...

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Chile: Mapuche communities reclaim ancestral lands stolen by tree plantation companies

Posted on Dec 30, 2012

Chile is currently debating amendments to Decree Law 701, which was passed during the first years of the military dictatorship and has been...

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Posted on Oct 25, 2012

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Chile: Serious impacts of FSC certified tree plantation company

Posted on Sep 30, 2012

The results of a research study carried out in different region, in 2010, by the Association of Forest Engineers for Native Forests were...

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Chile: Campaign against tree monoculture expansion

Posted on Jul 30, 2012

In Chile, the onslaught of big forestry business groups backed by the state means more than 3 million hectares covered with industrial...

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Chile: Forest fires and repression, the legacy of the industrial tree plantation model

Posted on Jan 30, 2012

The new year got off to a fiery start in Chile, as seen in the national and international news reports of the devastating forest fires...

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Chile: A disastrous forestry model with new “branches” in Latin America

Posted on May 5, 2011

What the big forestry companies have done with our territories in Chile is so devastating, so sad and so irreversible that it brings to the...

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Chile: Monoculture tree plantations on Mapuche territory, certified by the FSC?

Posted on Feb 28, 2011

Since 1974, industrial monoculture tree plantations have spread throughout Chile, and are particularly concentrated in the regions of...

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Short animation – Let’s define forests by their true meaning

Posted on Feb 16, 2011

Also available in: Afrikaans, Aymara, Catala, Chinese, Dutch, Finish, German, Bosnian, Italian, Maori, Mapuche, Maya Kaqchikel, Maya...

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Chile: Professional foresters denounce violations by company certified by CERTFOR and FSC

Posted on Jun 29, 2010

Tree plantations owned and operated by Forestal Valdivia S.A., a subsidiary of the Arauco group, have not only been granted certification...

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Chile: Research provides data on the role of native forests in the production of water

Posted on Feb 27, 2010

An article published in the newspaper “La Tercera”(1) and taken up on the Mapuche IMC blog (2) reveals the results of research carried...

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Chile: Opposition to government subsidies for the expansion of monoculture tree plantations

Posted on May 30, 2009

In response to the global economic crisis that erupted late last year, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has announced a series of...

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Chile: A forestry model generating poverty and extreme poverty

Posted on Sep 27, 2008

In Latin America, the Chilean case is presented as a successful forestry model, in spite of the fact that many Chilean organizations – in...

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Chile – WRM information sheet on GE tree research

Posted on Aug 1, 2008

 WRM information sheets on GE tree research First posted: 1 August 2008 Last update: August 2014 Tree species being manipulated: Pine...

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Chile: Documentary-maker jailed for filming a documentary on the Mapuche struggle against forestry companies

Posted on Jul 24, 2008

The occupation of the Mapuche peoples’ ancestral territories by large-scale eucalyptus and pine plantations belonging to major forestry...

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Chile: The “modern slaves” of the “forestry boom”

Posted on Jun 26, 2008

The rural-urban migratory process in Chile is the result of internal conflicts in the agrarian structure and, in the case of the VIII...

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Red Latinoamericana solicita al gobierno de Brasil y de Chile que suspenda investigación sobre árboles transgénicos

Posted on Jan 16, 2008

Only abailable in Spanish –  Comunicado de Prensa de RECOMA 16 de enero de 2008. En carta enviada a ambos gobiernos, la Red...

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Brazil and Chile: Concern over research on transgenic trees

Posted on Jan 3, 2008

In Latin America biotechnology applied to research on varieties of transgenic trees to give them certain characteristics facilitating their...

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Chile: Patricia Troncoso, a symbol of the Mapuche struggle against a Government at the service of forestry companies

Posted on Jan 3, 2008

The young indigenous Mapuche leader, Patricia Troncoso has been on a hunger strike since 10 October 2007.  She was given a prison sentence...

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Chile: What is not said about work in tree plantations

Posted on Dec 5, 2007

Forestry development in Chile –meaning monoculture tree plantations- is marked by a great imbalance in the distribution of the monetary...

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Chile: The worthless CERTFOR tree plantation certification label

Posted on Dec 5, 2007

Most Chilean forestry companies’ plantations are certified, some by FSC and the majority by CERTFOR (a member of PEFC). In round figures,...

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Organizations from eight countries demand the FSC to withdraw its “green label” to several plantation companies

Posted on Sep 1, 2006

Press Release – September 1, 2006 Organizations from eight different countries are requesting the Forest Stewardship Council –a...

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Chile: Letter for the de-certification by the FSC of forestry companies

Posted on Sep 1, 2006

We, the undersigned, wish to express our concern about the certification of plantations in our country by the FSC, which is granting green...

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The economic and social context of monoculture tree plantations in Chile: the case of the commune of Lumaco, Araucania region

Posted on Aug 18, 2005

By René Montalba Navarro, Noelia Carrasco Henríquez and José Araya Cornejo By means of testimonials, documents and figures, the present...

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Chile: Police at the service of a forestry company murder a young Mapuche

Posted on Nov 7, 2002

The Mapuche People in Chile have been struggling against national and transnational forestry companies and against the State to recover...

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Chile: Is Community-Based Forest Management Possible in the Context of a Neoliberal Economy?

Posted on Oct 7, 2002

In Chile, 25 years of implementation of the neo-liberal economy model have had a strong impact on native forests and indigenous and local...

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Chile: Resistance against a highway that will destroy forests and peoples

Posted on Jul 12, 2002

Hidden in the midst of remote mountains on the South Pacific coast of Chile, is the last remnant of intact coastal forest, one of the most...

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Chile: Invasion of Mapuche territory by tree plantation companies

Posted on Apr 15, 2002

The systematic loss of Mapuche territory, that covered some 11 million hectares on the Chilean side (not including the historic territory...

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Status of Implementation of Forest-Related Clauses in the CBD: An Independent Review & Recommendations for Action

Posted on Mar 18, 2002

Commissioned by the Global Forest Coalition This report is based on 21 country case studies, including Australia, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada,...

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Chile: Forests burnt to substitute them by monoculture tree plantations

Posted on Mar 15, 2002

The Mapuche Coordination of Arauco-Malleco Communities in Conflict denounced that the large scale fires that burnt down some 53,000...

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Chile: Poverty and wealth generated by plantation forestry companies

Posted on Feb 20, 2002

The Chilean forestry model, based on the promotion of large-scale monocultures of pine trees and eucalyptus for export, has been...

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Chile: Tree plantations and pulp production generate poverty and destitution

Posted on Nov 27, 2001

Throughout the world, tree plantations and the installation of pulp mills are promoted by governments using, among others, the argument...

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Chile: Community forestry as an alternative model

Posted on Sep 11, 2001

The Chilean forestry model is known in Latin America because of its use of frontline technology in large scale pine and eucalyptus...

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Chile: Repression or solution to the Mapuche-forestry company confrontation?

Posted on Jul 12, 2001

A few days ago, serious events took place in the city of Temuco, ending in over 125 community members in jail, many injured and serious...

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Chile: Tree monocultures threaten unique forest type

Posted on Apr 12, 2001

The fragmentation of habitats resulting from human activities –among which industrial tree plantations– provokes restrictions...

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Chile: The struggle of the Pehuenche against the Ralco Dam

Posted on Jan 13, 2001

The Biobío River springs from Icalma and Galletue lakes in the Andes, in southern Chile and flows during 380 km through forests,...

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Chile: The debate about tree plantations heats up

Posted on Dec 13, 2000

In order to revamp its deteriorated image, the Chilean forestry sector launched in August the multimillion-dollar campaign “Forests for...

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Chile: Wine production threatened by pulp mill project

Posted on Nov 16, 2000

For decades small and medium scale peasants of the Itata Valley have developed economic activities based on wine production. Wines produced...

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True forests for Chile

Posted on Oct 16, 2000

Since late August, Chilean forestry companies are carrying out an aggressive publicity campaign under the slogan of “Forests for...

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Chile: The exploitation of forestry workers

Posted on Jul 17, 2000

  The forestry sector in Chile has reached an enormous development basically thanks to the resources that the Chilean state has...

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Chile: Will democracy prove to be different from dictatorship?

Posted on May 18, 2000

  The so called Chilean development model is presented by neo-liberals as a paradigmatic example to be copied by Southern countries in...

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Chile: forest management by indigenous communities

Posted on Apr 18, 2000

In Southern Chile, near Osorno, lies the Huitrapulli estate -a 20,000 hectare forest, inhabited since time immemorial by Mapuche-Huilliche...

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Chile: Forestry companies and security firms accused of terrorism

Posted on Mar 19, 2000

Last February deputy Eugenio Tuma denounced that several terrorist attacks against tree plantations in the southern 9th Region, which took...

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Chile: under the shadow of Pinochet

Posted on Dec 20, 1999

The “success” of the Chilean forestry model -based on pine and eucalyptus monocultures- was based on a combination of the...

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Chile: the Mapuche conflict persists

Posted on Oct 20, 1999

The Mapuche people, who inhabit the southern region of Chile, have been historically victims of social and cultural exclusion. The invasion...

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Chile: a severely questioned model

Posted on Aug 24, 1999

Nowadays pulp plantations in Chile cover more than 2.1 million hectares, 75% of a single species – radiata pine- and the rest mainly...

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Chile: the Treng Treng Mapuche and their struggle for land

Posted on Jul 24, 1999

The defense of the environment undertaken by the Mapuche indigenous communities in Arauco, Malleco and Cautin Provinces in southern Chile...

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Chile: Mapuche indigenous peoples’ march to the capital city

Posted on Jun 25, 1999

Mapuche Press Release. The national march for the recognition of the Mapuche Nation and its rights is advancing towards Santiago and more...

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Chile: Chicago school children frighten Boise Cascade

Posted on Jun 25, 1999

A second grade teacher in a Chicago inner-city school says she received six or seven phone calls from an official in the Boise Cascade...

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Chile: establishment experts and reality

Posted on May 25, 1999

During the “Intersessional experts meeting on the role of planted forests in sustainable development” held in Santiago, Chile,...

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Chile: the forestry model in big trouble

Posted on Mar 26, 1999

The Chilean forestry model has been publicized as an example of modern forestry development and has been exported as such to the countries...

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Gondwana Forests Sanctuary Campaign Launched in Chile

Posted on Mar 25, 1999

In April 1998, forest activists and scientists from Chile, Argentina, New Zealand, Scotland and the U.S. met in Santiago and Pucon, Chile...

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Chilean ecologist receives international prize

Posted on Oct 27, 1998

Juan Pablo Orrego, Chilean anthropologist and ecologist, member of the NGO GABB (Grupo de Acción por el Bio Bio), received the 1998 prize...

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Chile: support for the Mapuche-Pehuenche people needed

Posted on Sep 27, 1998

Mapuche and Pehuenche organizations of Chile are planning a visit to Europe to contact and lobby financial and state agencies involved in...

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Chile: an unsustainable forestry model

Posted on Jul 30, 1998

Forests cover about 30 million hectares in Chile while plantations occupy 2,1 million hectares. Chilean forests -with more than 100 native...

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Chile: World Bank acknowledges mistake and impacts in the Bio Bio Pangue dam

Posted on May 2, 1998

In a press conference during the recent Summit of the Americas held in Santiago, Chile, Mr. James Wolfensohn, President of the World Bank,...

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Chile: native forests cleared for plantations

Posted on May 2, 1998

One of the more widely publicized arguments for the promotion of industrial tree plantations says that fast growing plantations help to...

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Chile: community opposes pulp mill project

Posted on Feb 2, 1998

The fishing community of Mehuin in the 10th Region of Chile is opposing the project of Celulosa Arauco y Constitucin S.A. (CELCO) -a huge...

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Mapuche Indigenous Peoples new web page

Posted on Dec 2, 1997

Corporacion Mapuche, based in Temuco, Chile, invites you to visit their web page, the first one produced in Mapuche territory. It contains...

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Chile: activists against mining in Ecuador arrested

Posted on Sep 5, 1997

During the recent visit of Ecuatorian President Alarcon to Santiago de Chile, the police violently repressed a peaceful demonstration...

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Indigenous protest in Santiago, Chile

Posted on May 7, 1997

A large Mapuche and Pehuenche march took place in Santiago on May 14th against the actions of the Chilean government in order to deny...

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