World Rainforest Movement

Support the letter urging FAO to revise its forest definition!

21-03-2014

Dear friends,

The Marrakech Climate Conference is taking place right now. The Paris Agreement has entered into force on November 4, opening the door to a further expansion of monoculture tree plantations. This is done through different means, ranging from promoting carbon sinks to so-called reforestation or restauration programmes and the promotion of wood as an energy source to replace fossil fuels. One of the underlying reasons of such promotion is the FAO definition of forests. The Paris Agreement –and most of the countries that have ratified it- adopts the FAO definition that allows an industrial tree monoculture be defined as a forest.

Industrial tree plantations create huge problems to local communities and are no solution to the climate crisis! It is urgent that the FAO changes its forest definition. If you haven’t yet signed, we invite you to support the letter here. The letter calling on the FAO to revise the definition will be sent to the FAO next March 21 when the International day of Forests is commemorated.

Send an email to fao2017@wrm.org.uy and include your organization’s name and country.

Thanks in advance!

2 Comments

  1. Brasil

  2. I believe is time to FAO recognize a new definition of forest because the actual definition is too ambiguos

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