World Rainforest Movement

An open letter to the FAO launched on September 21st, International Day of Struggle against Tree Monocultures

Posted on Sep 21, 2016

Dear Friends, Today, September 21st, marks the International Day of Struggle Against Tree Plantations. On this day, as part of the actions...

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How does the FAO Forest definition harm people and forests? An open letter to the FAO

Posted on Sep 21, 2016

Launched on September 21st, International Day of Struggle against Tree Monocultures In September 2015, during the XIV World Forestry...

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Declaración de la Red Latinoamericana contra los Monocultivos de Árboles – RECOMA

Posted on Sep 20, 2016

Only available in Spanish or Portuguese 21 de setiembre de 2016 Día Internacional de Lucha contra los Monocultivos de Árboles Descargar...

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International Day of Struggle against Monoculture Tree Plantations 2016

Posted on Sep 9, 2016

On September 21st we celebrate the International Day of Struggle against Tree Monocultures. This date, that was launched in 2004, in...

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Industrial oil palm plantations: A model that violates forest-dependent peoples and their territories

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

To mark the International Day of the Struggle against Monoculture Tree Plantations on September 21, WRM, together with organizations and...

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International Day of Struggle against Monoculture Tree Plantations 2015

Posted on Sep 17, 2015

On September 21st we celebrate the International Day of Struggle against Tree Monocultures. This date, that was launched in 2004, in...

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10th Anniversary of the International Day of Struggle against Monoculture Plantations

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

Dismantle the power of transnational plantation corporations! There is no “smart monoculture”: Support the People’s Climate...

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International Day of Struggle against Monoculture Tree Plantations 2014

Posted on Aug 29, 2014

On September 21st we celebrate the International Day of Struggle against Tree Monocultures. This date, that was launched in 2004, in...

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Indonesia: Timber monocultures destroying indigenous’ lands and livelihood

Posted on Sep 11, 2013

  Here in Indonesia, ever since a child entered the school, he/she has been familiar with “Merauke” through a patriotic song...

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The International Day of Struggle Against Monoculture Tree Plantations

Posted on Sep 11, 2013

What is the sense of another International Day of Struggle Against Monoculture Tree Plantations, which will take place this coming...

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International Day of Struggle against Monoculture Tree Plantations 2013

Posted on Aug 20, 2013

September 21, the International Day Against Monoculture Tree Plantations, is a day for our organizations, networks and movements to...

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International Day of Struggle Against Monoculture Tree Plantations

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

September 21, the International Day Against Monoculture Tree Plantations, is a day for organizations, networks and movements to celebrate...

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The International Day against Monoculture Tree Plantations around the world

Posted on Sep 30, 2012

On September 21, the International Day against Monoculture Tree Plantations, organizations, networks and movements around the world...

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September 21st – International Day against Monoculture Tree Plantations

Posted on Sep 30, 2012

This September we pay tribute once again to the men and women around the world who have taken up different struggles against monoculture...

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International Day of Struggle against Monoculture Tree Plantations 2012

Posted on Sep 1, 2012

September 21, the International Day Against Monoculture Tree Plantations, is a day for our organizations, networks and movements to...

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No to the WWF New Generation Plantations Project!

Posted on Sep 30, 2011

On this International Day Against Monoculture Tree Plantations, the Latin American Network Against Monoculture Tree Plantations (RECOMA), a...

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En souvenir de Ricardo Carrere…

Posted on Sep 30, 2011

Ricardo Carrere passed away in the early morning of August 16, 2011. He had been suffering from lung cancer for some time but wished to...

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September 21: A tribute to Ricardo Carrere and to all those who struggle against monoculture tree plantations and in defense of life!

Posted on Sep 30, 2011

This past August 16, as many of you know, we lost our dear friend and colleague Ricardo Carrere. While Ricardo’s passing has signified a...

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International Day of Struggle against Monoculture Tree Plantations 2011

Posted on Sep 1, 2011

  On September 21st 2011, International Day of Struggle against Plantations, we call once again on the FAO to define forests by its...

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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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International Day Against Monoculture Tree Plantations 2008 – Statement by the WRM, FoEI and GFC

Posted on Sep 21, 2008

Joint Release from World Rainforest Movement, Friends of the Earth International and Global Forest Coalition Groups call for Action on 21...

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Plantations are not forests – Images to share

Posted on Sep 18, 2008

These are some images that have been shared by our friends around the world. Send us...

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International Day against Monoculture Tree Plantations 2007 – Statement by the WRM

Posted on Sep 21, 2007

In 2004, September 21st was declared as International Day against Monoculture Tree Plantations by a number of organizations throughout the...

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