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Finnish activists protest against Stora Enso and Veracel

Posted on Apr 29, 2018

Finnish activists protest against Stora Enso and Veracel In March 2018, activists from Friends of the Earth Finland and an association...

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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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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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Brazil: Unlimited strike in Veracel

Posted on Mar 30, 2013

Since last March 18, workers of the pulp mill Veracel, a company equally the Swedish-Finnish Stora Enso and Fibria of Brazil, started an...

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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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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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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: Occupation of Veracel’s tree plantations calls upon land reform

Posted on Apr 29, 2009

April 17 has been declared by La Via Campesina the “International Day of Peasant’s Struggles” to commemorate the slaughter by the...

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Brazil: Veracel plantations, certified land seizure

Posted on Feb 27, 2009

In 1991, the Veracel Celulose company, then known as Verazcruz Florestal, first arrived in the extreme south region of the state of...

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Brazil: Historic federal court decision sentences Veracel Celulose (Stora Enso-Aracruz) for environmental violations

Posted on Jul 24, 2008

On 17 June 2008, a federal court in the city of Eunápolis, in the state of Bahia, passed sentence in a public civil suit filed in 1993 by...

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Veracel: FSC’s Death Certificate

Posted on Mar 7, 2008

By the WRM – Yesterday we were notified by the FSC certifying body SGS (Société Générale de Surveillance) that they have awarded...

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FSC at a crossroad: Veracel timber certification would be yet another disaster for FSC

Posted on Sep 17, 2007

Press Release – September 17 – 2007 The wood-pulp producing company Veracel has applied for FSC certification of its tree...

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Brazil: The impossible certification of Veracel

Posted on Aug 18, 2007

Veracel Celulose – a joint venture between the Swedish-Finnish company Stora Enso and the Norwegian-Brazilian company Aracruz Celulose...

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The reasons why Veracel cannot be certified, seen from the standpoint of society

Posted on Aug 18, 2007

Once again, Stora Enso and Aracruz are using their economic power to mislead and wheedle. In addition to misleading and wheedling the...

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FSC Certification of Veracel: A turning point or business as usual?

Posted on Aug 18, 2007

For over a decade WRM has been gathering, producing and disseminating information and analysis on the social and environmental impacts of...

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Letter sent to FSC to show that Veracel should not receive certification

Posted on Aug 14, 2007

We have recently learnt that Veracel has launched a process to obtain FSC certification for its plantations. It has hired the consulting...

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Veracel’s FSC Certification

Posted on Aug 7, 2007

Veracel – which belongs to the Swedish-Finnish company Stora Enso and the Norwegian-Brazilian company Aracruz Celulose – is...

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Brazil: Response to Veracel’s attempt to obtain the FSC label for its plantations

Posted on Jun 19, 2007

The certifying firm SGS has launched a consultation process for the FSC certification of Veracel Celulose’s eucalyptus plantations. This...

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Brazil: Veracel’s deceitful practices

Posted on Feb 26, 2007

The Veracel pulp mill is located in the south of the Brazilian state of Bahia, some 45 kilometres from the coast, on the border between the...

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Brazil: Pataxó, eucalyptus and the sustainability of Veracel Celulose

Posted on Aug 1, 2006

The case of Veracel Celulose is useful – as are so many others – in revealing the falseness of business discourse on...

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Brazil: Veracel fined for crimes against the environment in Bahia

Posted on Jan 8, 2006

At the end of December 2005, Ibama – Instituto Brasilero del Medio Ambiente y de los Recursos Naturales Renovables (the Brazilian...

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Brazil: The short memory of Veracel and the power of Aracruz

Posted on Oct 16, 2000

In response to the information published by Taiga Rescue Network in Taiga News Summer 2000 edition, issue 32, regarding the social and...

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Corporations as subjects with rights: An architecture of impunity

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

When we speak of rights, we almost always refer to the rights of individuals, peoples, and minorities who are fighting for a dignified,...

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Eucalyptus and silent poisons: The expansion of plantations in the southernmost part of Bahia, Brazil

Posted on Sep 21, 2017

The process of territorial transformation in the southernmost part of Bahia is closely intertwined with agriculture in Brazil, and is based...

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Greenwashing continues: FSC certifies industrial tree plantations as forests and RSPO oil palm plantations as sustainable

Posted on Sep 21, 2017

For over 20 year now, certification schemes such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)...

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Norway: divest from eucalyptus plantations!

Posted on May 15, 2017

The Norwegian Solidarity Committee for Latin America raises debates about the ethical principles behind Norwegian investments. They...

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No to Monsanto! No to Poisons! Industrial Tree Plantations and Agrotoxics

Posted on Oct 5, 2016

For decades, The World Rainforest Movement has been denouncing the many ways in which industrial tree plantations directly cause continued...

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Carta-denuncia en rechazo a la iniciativa “Plataforma de Plantaciones de Nueva Generación”

Posted on Jun 6, 2016

Only available in Spanish 5 de junio – Día Mundial del Medio Ambiente En ocasión del 5 de junio, Día Mundial del Medio Ambiente,...

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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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Brazil: Purchase of land held under false title as part of land grabbing for the expansion of pulp plantations

Posted on Dec 23, 2013

The violence and plunder initially carried out by a gang of outlaws and thugs continued in the 1990s with the arrival of the forestry...

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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 – WRM information sheet on GE tree research

Posted on Jul 17, 2013

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

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CERTIFICATION – FSC: Certified land grabbing

Posted on Apr 30, 2013

The certification of industrial tree plantations by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has served as a tool to legitimize the large-scale...

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Brazil: Documentary film exposes FSC plantations as “Sustainable on Paper” only

Posted on Oct 30, 2012

  “Sustainable on Paper”, a documentary film by journalists An-Katrien Lecluyse and Leopold Broers released in Belgium in 2011,...

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Open letter denouncing the FSC certification of Fibria Aracruz Celulose S.A.

Posted on Sep 21, 2012

Civil society organizations are denouncing the FSC certification of Fibria Celulose SA monoculture tree plantations by IMAFLORA, a...

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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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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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At the end of the International Year of Forests, is there anything to celebrate?

Posted on Dec 30, 2011

The United Nations (UN) declared this year, 2011, the International Year of Forests. Now that 2011 is coming to an end, it would be...

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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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Transgenic trees: The industry race is on

Posted on Jul 30, 2011

The forestry industry’s endless pursuit of bigger profits has led to the growing homogenization of trees cultivated for timber, pulp and...

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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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Certification is definitely not the right path to follow

Posted on Feb 28, 2011

For many years now, WRM has stressed that it is unacceptable to certify large-scale industrial monoculture tree plantations. The main...

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Brazil: Sustainable on paper – the eucalyptus plantations of Bahia

Posted on Oct 30, 2010

Endless rows of tree trunks pass before our eyes behind the car window. In the utmost south of the Brazilian state Bahia, eucalyptus...

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Análisis crítico de “La silvicultura y el agua: Ciencia, Dogmas, Desafíos” (Walter de Paula Lima, 2010)

Posted on Oct 30, 2010

Recientemente se acaba de difundir un nuevo trabajo del Profesor Walter de Paula Lima (WPL) titulado “A silvicultura e a água: Ciência,...

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MONOCULTURES ON THE MARCH IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

Posted on Sep 29, 2010

“The crucial characteristic of monocultures is that they do not merely displace alternatives, they destroy their own basis. They are...

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MONOCULTURE TREE PLANTATIONS IN LATIN AMERICA – HOW, WHY, FOR WHOM

Posted on Sep 29, 2010

The territories that make up what is known today as Latin America have two main features in the eyes of big corporations and business...

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Brazil: The “productive resistance” of Quilombola (1) communities surrounded by eucalyptus plantations

Posted on Jul 29, 2010

Reaching the 32 Quilombola communities in the Sapê do Norte region of the state of Espírito Santo, located in the municipalities of São...

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Brasil: Outrage over killing of local man by Fibria Celulose’s guards

Posted on Apr 29, 2010

On 16 March 2010, Henrique de Souza Pereira, 24-years old, was killed by a team of guards of the private ‘security’ company hired by...

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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: New legislation allows agribusiness to advance in the Amazon

Posted on Jul 30, 2009

On 9 July 2008 the Brazilian Senate adopted a provision by the Executive known as a “provisional measure,” subject to the subsequent...

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Brazil: FSC greenwashing of eucalyptus plantations is strongly questioned and a warning made vis-à-vis their advance in Piaui

Posted on Jul 30, 2009

One year ago, Judson Barros, Coordinator of the Piaui Environmental Network stated that “the south of Piaui has been destroyed, its...

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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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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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Plantations, poverty and power: Europe’s role in the expansion of the pulp industry in the South

Posted on Jan 30, 2009

Before the current global economic meltdown, the pulp industry had ambitious expansion plans. Although the industry was closing mills in...

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FSC: Stop certifying monoculture tree plantations!

Posted on Sep 27, 2008

Asia Pulp and Paper is probably the most controversial paper company in the world. It has destroyed vast areas of forest in Sumatra and...

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A Green Desert in the South of Latin America

Posted on Sep 27, 2008

Imagine an area the size of 500,000 football fields planted with a single species of tree. Is it a forest? No, it is a green desert: no...

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Answer to the FSC by the Social and Environmental Forum of the Extreme South of Bahia

Posted on Mar 30, 2008

FSC announced that its Accreditation Services (ASI) would be “conducting a Forest [sic] Management surveillance audit of SGS at...

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Brazil: Social organizations in Bahia demand a moratorium on eucalyptus plantations

Posted on Nov 8, 2007

The Government of the State of Bahia, through the Centre for Environmental Resources, (CRA) held a seminar on 7 and 8 November with the...

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Pulpwood Plantations: All roads lead to Rome

Posted on Oct 16, 2007

Whenever the expression “planted forests” is used, the concept can be traced back to the Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization...

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Letter sent to the FSC Board by various organizations

Posted on Jul 6, 2007

Dear FSC Board members and Director We are writing to you in relation to the upcoming consultation process to be carried out by SGS from...

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The Swedish pulp and plantation industry’s plan for moving South

Posted on May 23, 2007

On April 26, the Swedish Royal Academy of Agriculture and Forestry organized in Stockholm the seminar “Tilting forest industries from...

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What FAO’s definition conceals

Posted on Apr 23, 2007

As it does every two years, FAO has published its report “State of the World’s Forests 2007”...

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Brazil and Uruguay: Stora Enso’s promises and the harsh reality

Posted on Sep 30, 2006

For some months now, declarations have been circulating in Southern Brazil and in Uruguay, both by members of the Swedish-Finnish company...

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Brazil – Letter for the de-certification of Suzano – Bahia Sul, Plantar and V&M

Posted on Sep 1, 2006

We, the undersigned entities and individuals of the Alert Against the Green Desert Network, wish to express our concern about the history...

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Excessive paper consumption: The impacts of injustice

Posted on Aug 1, 2006

In the world of today, many millions of people’s level of consumption does not even cover their basic needs. In plain language, these are...

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Brazil: Paper pulp companies must remove eucalyptus plantations in Bahia’s national parks buffer zones

Posted on Apr 7, 2006

According to Recommendation no. 01 of 18 November 2005, the Federal Public Ministry, through the Attorney of the Republic in Ilheus-Bahia,...

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Brazil: Follow-up of Tupinikim and Guarani struggle against Aracruz Celulose

Posted on Feb 8, 2006

Following the violent eviction of the Tupinikim and Guarani villages by tractors of the plantation and pulp company Aracruz Celulose with...

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Mumbai-Porto Alegre Forest Initiative: Linking the struggle against plantations with alternative local uses of forests

Posted on Dec 9, 2005

The Mumbai-Porto Alegre (MPA) Forest Initiative is intended to serve as a platform for the joining of forces and for the building of...

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The European Investment Bank: Surrounded by secrecy

Posted on Jun 15, 2005

Financial deliberations generally take place between dubious actors in obscure corners of the political arena. This is definitely the case...

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Brazil: Plantations, profits and GM trees

Posted on Nov 26, 2004

Proponents of industrial tree plantations often argue that plantations can relieve pressure on forests. Brazil’s pulp and paper industry...

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Brazil: More pulp for export means more exclusion

Posted on Jun 29, 2004

A new cycle in the increasing of production of eucalyptus pulp for export began in northern Espirito Santo, the southern region of Bahia...

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Brazil: Highway is blocked against expansion of eucalyptus plantations

Posted on Mar 11, 2004

On 8 March, a major mobilization took place on Route BR-101 North in the Brazilian State of Espirito Santo, in the locality of São Mateus....

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Brazil: The Alert Against the Green Desert Network demands a change in the forestry model

Posted on Jul 31, 2003

One hundred organizations from Espirito Santo, Bahia, Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais gathered on 28 and 29 June in Porto Seguro, Bahia, at...

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Brésil: Stora Enso et Aracruz projettent l’usine de pâte la plus grande du monde

Posted on Feb 15, 2003

Dans quelques semaines, les actionnaires de Veracel vont décider s’ils construiront une énorme usine de pâte dans l’état...

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Brazil: Stora Enso and Aracruz plan the world’s biggest pulp mill

Posted on Feb 11, 2003

In a few weeks’ time, shareholders in Veracel will decide whether to build a massive pulp mill in the Brazilian state of Bahia....

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Brazil: The marriage of Stora Enso and Aracruz

Posted on Jul 17, 2000

News about the association of Stora Enso with Aracruz Celulose is certainly bad news for local people in the Brazilian states of Bahia and...

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The invisible Nordic countries’ footprint

Posted on Jul 17, 2000

Sweden, Finland and Norway rarely appear in the media. At least not in relation with the North’s footprint in the South and even less...

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Brazil: FSC certification of Aracruz suspended

Posted on Nov 20, 1999

The news that giant bleached eucalyptus pulp producer Aracruz Celulose had applied for FSC certification had an enormous impact in the two...

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Tree plantations generate unemployment

Posted on Nov 20, 1999

One of the arguments used by large-scale tree plantation promoters (with the pulp and paper industry at the forefront) is that they...

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Tree plantations generate unemployment

Posted on Nov 20, 1999

One of the arguments used by large-scale tree plantation promoters (with the pulp and paper industry at the forefront) is that they...

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News from the International Secretariat

Posted on Nov 20, 1999

Ricardo Carrere visited in October the states of Espirito Santo and Bahia invited by CIMI (Conselho Indigenista Missionario). During his...

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