World Rainforest Movement

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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Stop plantations expansion in Mozambique!

Posted on Sep 13, 2016

updated on September 22 Last week we asked your support for communities in Mozambique who are facing rapid expansion of timber monoculture...

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Brazil: The monoculture eucalyptus company, Veracel Celulosa, is trying to evict indigenous Pataxó from their land

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

The Pataxós of Nueva Esperanza village—in the municipality of Itamarajú in the southern tip of Bahía state—are under threat of...

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Forestry Community Forum: Community mobilisation in plantation forestry

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The Forestry Community Forum is an organisation of dwellers and labour tenants residing in plantation forestry / worker villages in the...

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The Farce of “Smart Forestry”. The Cases of Green Resources in Mozambique and Suzano in Brazil

Posted on Nov 9, 2015

  “Nobody eats eucalyptus.”  With this statement farmers expressed their outrage when the company Aracruz Celulose...

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Brazil: Stop eucalyptus monoculture plantations!

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

On September 21, about 300 indigenous peoples occupied the Nedila property in the municipality of Prado Bahia, Brazil, where the Suzano...

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Brazil – Profiting more from doing the same: The financialization of Fibria’s eucalyptus monocultures

Posted on May 6, 2015

A piece of news circulating in Brazil in 2013 appeared odd at first glance: Fibria, one of the world’s largest producers of pulp...

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World Forestry Congress in Africa 2015: More tree monocultures or more forest conservation for Africa?

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

  In September this year, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is organizing the XIV World Forestry...

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Stora Enso and GM trees: Intensifying destruction of forests and peoples

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

  Stora-Enso, a giant Swedish-Finnish industrial forestry company and one of the largest producers of pulp and paper in the world, is...

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Josefina and the Water Springs against Pine Plantations in Ecuador’s Páramos

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

Twenty years ago, a Dutch company paid communities to establish pine tree plantations in the high mountains of Ecuador. The aim was for...

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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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Brazil: The countless problems surrounding the Suzano corporation  

Posted on Feb 23, 2015

In late 2013, the international organization Biofuelwatch, in conjunction with WRM and the Brazilian NGO CEPEDES, published a case study...

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“Pulping” the Local-Food

Posted on Feb 23, 2015

One of Indonesia’s pulp and paper giants, Asia Pulp&Paper (APP), is planning to build a new pulp mill to supply not only pulp to...

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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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Brazil: Federal Prosecutor’s Office upholds injunction barring BNDES financing for Fibria Celulose, a company certified by the FSC

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

The Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office (Ministério Público Federal or MPF) of Brazil has ruled to suspend financing from the...

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Thailand’s New ‘Forestry Master Plan’: Same old strategy dressed up in new clothes

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

    On 31 July 2014, the ‘Forestry Master Plan’ (FMP) was issued by Thailand’s Internal Security Operations Command and...

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China: Worlds largest reforestation scheme fails to protect natural forests and threatens more

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

A study from Agroforestry World has shown that while China has increased the amount of tree cover with a reforestation and ‘payment for...

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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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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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Will FSC dissociate from Suzano?

Posted on Jul 4, 2014

FSC Watch . In July 2010, Suzano Pulp and Paper bought the biotechnology company FuturaGene, which for the past 8 years has been carrying...

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Stora Enso´s propaganda campaign in Laos

Posted on Jun 10, 2014

Since the Laos government adopted, in 1990, the World Bank´s Tropical Forestry Action Plan, it started with support from International...

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Mozambique: More tree plantations increasing the threat on food sovereignty

Posted on Jun 10, 2014

Mozambique is a country where tree plantations dates back to colonial times, when Portugal encouraged the planting of eucalyptus and pine...

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Argentina: Harvard staunchly defends its tree plantations

Posted on Jun 10, 2014

Harvard University is the owner, through the Harvard Management Company (HMC), of the world’s largest endowment, which handles 32...

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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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Uruguay: Transnationals lead land grabs in industrial tree plantation sector

Posted on Jun 10, 2014

In the early 1990s, as a result of the Forests Law of 1987, the area covered by tree plantations in Uruguay began to grow rapidly, with...

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Changes in family life: Observations on eucalyptus and women in Mato Grosso do Sul

Posted on Apr 5, 2014

“It is the rural women’s movements that have been at the forefront of massive public actions aimed at fighting back against the big...

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Protestors denounce pact to transform rural region of Brazil into a “eucalyptus desert”

Posted on Apr 5, 2014

On March 8, 2014, peasant farmers from organizations including the MPA, MST, MMC, Quilombolas, the Union of Rural Workers of Mucuri and...

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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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FSC consultation and complaints procedures: the case of Veracel Celulose in Brazil

Posted on Sep 29, 2013

For many years WRM has been denouncing the FSC certification of monoculture tree plantations. The scale of these monocultures is one of...

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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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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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South Africa: Pulp Industry expansion – land-grabbing disguised as community development

Posted on Sep 11, 2013

  During the Apartheid era many South Africans were deprived of their traditional land through laws that led to their displacement...

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Brazil: Industrial eucalyptus plantations in southwest Bahia – conflicts and confrontations

Posted on Sep 11, 2013

  The Brazilian countryside, since the time of colonization, has always been the target of capitalist appropriation, driven by the...

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Brazil: State government incentives for the expansion of industrial tree plantations in the state of Rio de Janeiro

Posted on Sep 11, 2013

  The government of the state of Rio de Janeiro has adopted various initiatives since 2001 to promote the expansion of large-scale...

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Biomass and Bioenergy

Posted on Jan 30, 2013

Biomass is the oldest energy source used by humans. It is found in abundance in almost every part of the planet and today, more than two...

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Your urgent support requested: help release peasants and an activist of Walhi persecuted and arrested in Indonesia

Posted on Jan 30, 2013

On January 29, 2013, at about 4:30pm, a protest of peasants was violently repressed in South Sumatra by the Regional Police. About 25...

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MST protests against transnationals: Mining company Vale and pulp and paper company Fibria

Posted on Jan 30, 2013

Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement (MST) has announced, “We are beginning the year 2013 with several struggles, which represent MST’s...

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Malaysia: Industrial acacia plantations violate and threaten the rights of Indigenous Peoples

Posted on Dec 30, 2012

The state government of Sarawak has conceded a total area of 490,000 hectares for industrial tree plantations of acacia, the biggest area...

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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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Indonesia: Warning to financial institutions: Don’t Fund Forest Destruction of APP and other pulp and paper manufacturers

Posted on Dec 14, 2012

Several banks and other financial institutions around the world have been warned on last 6 November to avoid investments in pulp and paper...

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Pulpwood and timber plantations

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

These are large-scale, intensively-managed, even-aged monocultures, mostly of exotic trees like fast-growing eucalyptus, pine and acacia...

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Portugal: Petition to protest the “eucalyptization” of the country

Posted on Oct 23, 2012

  This past September 21, to mark the International Day Against Monoculture Tree Plantations, the Portuguese environmental...

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Brazil: 30 people intoxicated by pesticides sprayed from plane on eucalyptus plantations

Posted on Sep 30, 2012

The traditional communities known as geraizeiras at the Vale do Guará Settlement, in the town of Rio Pardo de Minas, north of Minas...

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South Africa: How Green is my Power?

Posted on Sep 30, 2012

Sappi Limited, South African producer of pulp and paper, plans the construction of a biomass combustion plant at Ngodwana Mill, Mpumalanga....

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Indonesia: Bayat Society Builds Life

Posted on Sep 30, 2012

Timber Plantation concessions are a model of forest exploitation conducted by corporations in Indonesia. More than 9 million hectares of...

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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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Uruguay: Investment Funds charged with illegal afforestation in protected area

Posted on Sep 30, 2012

The Quebrada de los Cuervos canyon, located in the mountains of the Treinta y Tres District, was the first area to be registered as one of...

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Monoculture tree plantations in the financial market

Posted on Sep 30, 2012

Today, speculative financial markets have gained increasing power over the economy and life, in a response to the capitalist crisis that...

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An overview of industrial tree plantations in the global South: conflicts, trends, and resistance struggles.

Posted on Jun 11, 2012

After many years of supporting local struggles and disseminating information from different countries on tree monocultures and its impacts,...

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No to the expansion of Veracel Celulose S.A. in Brazil!

Posted on May 30, 2012

Veracel is expanding its operations in Brazil, with the consent of the government. The decision of the Institute of the Environment and...

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Brazil: Eucalyptus and the growing precarity of work in Mato Grosso do Sul

Posted on May 30, 2012

Nothing likes eucalyptus. If you let cattle loose among the eucalyptus, they start grazing around the outside, which is supposed to be a...

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The green economy and labour: Will “green jobs” protect workers’ health and safety?

Posted on May 30, 2012

According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), an estimated 160 million people suffer from work-related diseases, 270 million...

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Petition to support Chinese lawyer imprisoned because of defending communities affected by Stora Enso´s eucalyptus plantations in China

Posted on Apr 30, 2012

Chinese lawyer Yang Zaixin has been imprisoned in Beihai, Southern China since June 2011. We urge you to support a petition that demands...

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Mozambique: Monoculture tree plantation projects foster land grabbing, threaten food security

Posted on Apr 30, 2012

The interest of foreign investors in natural resources, and especially land, has grown significantly in recent years throughout Africa, and...

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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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Brazil: The definition of forest – another front for resistance and reconquest

Posted on Jan 30, 2012

The year 2011 was declared the International Year of Forests by the United Nations. Major international events such as the climate...

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Dutch pension fund denounced for investing in monoculture tree plantations in Mozambique

Posted on Dec 30, 2011

On December 3, 2011, a front page article in the Dutch newspaper Volkskrant, denounced that the Dutch pension fund, ABP, one of the biggest...

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Disaster foretold for the extreme south, south and southwest of the state of Bahia

Posted on Dec 30, 2011

Governor Jacques Wagner and Environment Secretary Eugênio Spengler are preparing to give the people of the extreme south, south and...

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Uruguay: Pulp plantations threaten dairy heartland

Posted on Oct 30, 2011

The Uruguayan economy is largely dependent on agriculture and livestock raising, in which the dairy industry plays an important role. The...

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Some hints on tree plantations

Posted on Sep 30, 2011

We live in times of warming. Perhaps the climate is the most obvious expression of an economic acceleration that has warmed up its engines,...

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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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Indonesia: debt, plantations and resistance

Posted on Sep 30, 2011

Industrial tree plantations have often expanded through direct land expropriation and through manipulative land purchase. But there is a...

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Mozambique: Timber plantations expansion

Posted on Sep 30, 2011

In the South East of Africa, Mozambique glimmers like a bright jewel in the African sunlight. The coastline stretches thousands of...

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Request for the cancellation of the licensing process for the expansion of Veracel Celulose

Posted on Sep 10, 2011

Dear friends, We would like to invite you to support the following action, which is being launched as part of the activities for...

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Urgent call for an end to financing the establishment of eucalyptus and pine tree plantations in Mozambique

Posted on Sep 2, 2011

Based on a demand of our friends from Geasphere from Southern Africa, we are urging for an end to the financing of the establishment of...

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Brazil: Mato Grosso do Sul – The new eucalyptus frontier

Posted on Jul 30, 2011

The region of Brazil, and perhaps the world, where monoculture eucalyptus plantations and pulp production are expanding most rapidly is in...

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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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Uruguay: The power of the plantation and pulp company Montes del Plata

Posted on May 5, 2011

Montes del Plata is the name of the joint venture created for operations in Uruguay by two forestry, pulp and paper transnationals: Arauco...

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Mozambique: More denunciations against Chikweti, a company financed by a Nordic “solidarity” fund

Posted on Apr 30, 2011

For a number of years, peasant farmer communities in the province of Niassa, in northern Mozambique, have been fighting back against the...

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Brazil: Women in Camp Sister Dorothy Stang – for their right to life, against monoculture eucalyptus

Posted on Apr 30, 2011

On the evening and early morning of 27 th and 28th February, women of the Landless Rural Workers Movement from all over the Extreme South...

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Stora Enso makes money out of environmental crimes

Posted on Apr 30, 2011

On April 20, the Finnish-Swedish giant of the forestry industry Stora Enso held their annual shareholder meeting in Helsinki where it...

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FSC and Veracel Celulose: Certification that is neither reliable nor independent

Posted on Feb 28, 2011

In 2007, FSC certifying body SGS began the certification process for Veracel Celulose in Bahia, Brazil, in accordance with the FSC’s...

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Brazil: The case of Plantar – the FSC at the service of the sale of carbon credits

Posted on Feb 28, 2011

Companies that promote large-scale monoculture tree plantations do not seek the FSC label solely to increase the value of their final...

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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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South Africa: The killing of Baboon in FSC-certified timber plantations

Posted on Feb 28, 2011

GeaSphere is an environmental pressure group working towards a more sustainable model of living based on lower impact agriculture practices...

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APP and Cartiere Pigna try to intimidate social denounces in Italy of deforestation in Indonesia

Posted on Feb 28, 2011

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) is a giant pulp and paper company with a notorious eco-criminal record. It is responsible of deforesting...

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The Pulp Invasion continues: Companies linked to Asia Pulp and Paper setting up in Vietnam

Posted on May 30, 2010

Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) is one of the most controversial and destructive paper companies on the planet. The company has cleared vast...

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The Expansion of Tree Monocultures in Mozambique. Impacts on local peasants communities in the Province of Niassa

Posted on May 18, 2010

A field report, by Winfridus Overbeek. This publication is the result of a visit to Mozambique in November 2009 by two activists involved...

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Bangladesh: The role of the ADB and World Bank in the destruction of the “forest of the fallen leaves”

Posted on Feb 27, 2010

The last remnants of forests in Bangladesh are disappearing and much of the blame goes to local peoples’ “slash and burn”...

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Brazil: The negative impacts of monoculture eucalyptus plantations has lead to suspending them in various localities in the State of Sao Paulo

Posted on Jan 30, 2010

As experts like geographer Carlos Walter Porto-Gonçalves have repeatedly stressed, economic models based on monoculture plantation...

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Indonesia: Government proposes 21 million hectares of plantations to meet climate targets

Posted on Jan 30, 2010

There are two realities in the forestry sector in Indonesia. In one, the forests continue to be destroyed, peatswamps are drained, forests...

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Mozambique: Pine and eucalyptus companies are advancing on peasant land in the north of the country

Posted on Jan 30, 2010

Pine and eucalyptus planting companies are advancing on land belonging to peasant family communities in several provinces in northern...

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South Africa: Threatened grasslands

Posted on Jan 30, 2010

Natural forests aren’t the only landscapes being taken over by timber plantations. South Africa’s biologically diverse native...

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Uruguay: A place where the lies about plantations are all too obvious

Posted on Jan 30, 2010

Everywhere in the world where large-scale monoculture tree plantations are established, their arrival is preceded by a series of promises...

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Ninguem come eucalipto. Em Moçambique também não

Posted on Jan 11, 2010

Only available in Portuguese Produzido pelo Movimento Mundial pelas Florestas Tropicais Realizado por Flavio Pazos Voz: Manuela...

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Argentine forestry sector in the spotlight at the World Forestry Congress

Posted on Oct 30, 2009

The World Forestry Congress taking place in Buenos Aires is viewed as an excellent business opportunity by the Argentine forestry...

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Mounting pressure against eucalyptus in Kenya, described as the “water guzzler”

Posted on Oct 30, 2009

Something extremely interesting is currently happening in Kenya. On the one hand, the country’s Environment Minister, John Michuki, has...

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Northern paper over-consumption promoting green deserts in the South

Posted on Oct 30, 2009

World demand for paper and paperboard is expected to grow by 2% to 3% annually in the long term, with significant growth potential for Asia...

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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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Brazil: Plantar’s ‘new’ eucalyptus projects advance towards CDM validation

Posted on Aug 30, 2009

In mid-July the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board accepted a new methodology proposed as part of the controversial Plantar...

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FSC’s greenwashing of tree monocultures: Evidence provided by the Brazilian Pulp and Paper Industry itself

Posted on Aug 30, 2009

For over a decade, the World Rainforest Movement has been denouncing that -by certifying large scale tree plantations- the FSC is...

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Laos: Chinese company Sun Paper plans eucalyptus monocultures

Posted on Jul 30, 2009

A Chinese company called Shandong Sun Paper is planning to establish 100,000 hectares of eucalyptus plantations in Savannakhet province in...

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Uruguay: The Ence, Arauco and Stora Enso’s eucalyptus and pulp fairytales

Posted on Jun 29, 2009

Monoculture tree plantations continue to advance over the Uruguayan grasslands and now occupy almost one million hectares of land that was...

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China: Eucalyptus plantations – from Finland with conflict

Posted on May 30, 2009

Eucalyptus plantations have become a harsh issue for Chinese farmers of the villages north of the city of Hepu in the province of Guangxi,...

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New video online on timber plantations in Southern Africa

Posted on May 30, 2009

The Southern African organization GeaSphere has produced the online video “Earth Matters” which can be viewed (in two parts)...

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Mozambique: Pine plantation project brings misfortune to 31 families in the North

Posted on Apr 29, 2009

Thirty-one families from the districts of Lichinga and Sanga in northern Mozambique have not been able to harvest any crops this 2008/2009...

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Venezuela: Seizure of Smurfit tree plantations sets new course for the future

Posted on Apr 29, 2009

 In 1999, shortly after he was elected, President Hugo Chávez received a letter from WRM...

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Wilful ignorance: FAO and industrial tree plantations

Posted on Apr 29, 2009

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation has long worked on behalf of the plantation industry. One of FAO’s strategies to support the...

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