World Rainforest Movement

International Day of the Forests 2017

March 21st, has been proclaimed by the FAO as the International Day of Forests. But the FAO forest definition considers a tree monoculture plantation as a “forest”. By allowing this, the UN institution, is undermining the lives of millions of people from around the world whose livelihoods depend of forests and whose territories are invaded and threatened by tree monocultures.

On 21 March, hundreds of organizations from around the world are sending a letter to the FAO demanding-once again- that its forest definition recognize the diversity that characterizes forests and exclude monocultures from this definition.




Articles from the WRM Bulletin

Books and Briefings

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  • But, where is the water?

    On the 21st of March, International Day of the Forests, the FAO has launched another nice video. This year the video is about forests and water. Did you notice the video does not include any monoculture tree plantations, even though FAO...

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  • This is not sustainable

    This two-minutes video is a rebuttal of the one-minute video produced by FAO for International Day of Forests. The video aims to challenge the FAO video for March 21, which narrowly and erroneously views forests as if they were a...

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  • Forests. Much more than a lot of trees

    Produced by the World Rainforest Movement Directed by Flavio Pazos The United Nations declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests You may have already heard that the livelihoods of over 1.6 billion people depend on forests, that...

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  • Short animation – Let’s define forests by their true meaning

    Also available in: Afrikaans, Aymara, Catala, Chinese, Dutch, Finish, German, Bosnian, Italian, Maori, Mapuche, Maya Kaqchikel, Maya Popti, Maya Tseltal, Maya Tsotsil, Swedish, Vietnamese and Zulu Following FAO’s criterion for the...

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