World Rainforest Movement

We need your support: Open letter to FAO on the occasion of March 21st 2014


International Day of Forests: Defining Forests by their true meaning!

Dear friends,

On behalf of La Via Campesina, Friends of the Earth International, Focus on the Global South and the World Rainforest Movement we are writing to ask for your support.

The United Nations (UN) has declared March 21st as the International Day of Forests. For us a good reason to send once again a letter urging the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN to review its present definition of forests, that mainly benefits the interests of the timber, pulp and paper and rubber industries.

We are inviting FAO to take the initiative to correct the present misleading definition. This would be in the benefit of the millions of peoples that depend on forests and for the entire humanity, as well as for the thousands of rural communities struggling against the invasion of their territories by industrial tree plantations, falsely called “forests” by the FAO definition.

If your organization would like to endorse the letter please send your name, organization and country to . Deadline is MARCH 20, 16hs GMT.

Best regards,

La Via Campesina
Friends of the Earth International
Focus on the Global South
World Rainforest Movement


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