When forests aren’t really forests: the high cost of Chile’s tree plantations,
According to Global Forest Watch, Chile’s forests are expanding. On the ground, however, a different scene plays out: monocultures have replaced diverse natural forests, and tree plantations now occupy 43 per cent of the South-central Chilean landscape. Defining plantations as forests has allowed the government to expand monocultures at a rapid pace, robbing the Mapuche indigenous peoples’ territories. Despite this, the Mapuche continue a strong fight to recuperate their ancestral land rights.