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Large Scale Monoculture Tree Plantations

These are typically large-scale, intensively managed, even-aged monoculture plantations, mostly exotic trees like fast-growing eucalyptus, pine (in mountain regions) and acacia species, but also rubber and oil palm, all destined for industrial processes to produce paper, palm oil and rubber products. Oil palm plantations, here included as tree plantations for having the same characteristics as the others – FAO considers them as agricultural crops – have been notorious direct drivers of tropical deforestation, especially in countries like Indonesia and Malaysia.

 

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  • Community struggles against oil palm company Feronia-PHC in the DR Congo

    Posted on October 15, 2019

    In 2009, the global food corporation Unilever sold its palm oil subsidiary Plantations et huileries du Congo (PHC) to Feronia, a company listed on the Toronto stock exchange. European development banks are major funders and shareholders of...

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  • Brazil: Open Letter Against Tree Monocultures

    Posted on September 27, 2019

    A threat spreads across our territories. Under the misleading name of “reforestation”, which sounds quite nice, huge plantations of exotic – and even genetically engineered – trees have been set up in Brazil by transnational corporations. True “green deserts” lead to the extinction of countless species of our fauna and flora and changed the fundamental characteristics of our incredible natural and cultural landscapes, with clear social and environmental impacts, threatening the traditional ways of life of peoples and communities.

    As the first country in Latin America to deregulate a genetically engineered tree (a eucalyptus species) and with a favorable political environment, Brazil has become a reference for transnational companies to carry out their projects. Precisely for this reason, the World Congress of IUFRO – International Union of Forest Research Organizations – will be held in Brazil, between September 29th and October 5th, in Curitiba, Paraná. We reject this corporate event, where false solutions and new ways to increase corporate profits will be discussed, at the expense of the commons.

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  • International Day of Struggle Against Monoculture Tree Plantations 2019

    Posted on September 13, 2019

    September 21, the International Day of Struggle Against Monoculture Tree Plantations, is a day for organizations, networks and movements to celebrate resistance and raise their voices to demand, “Stop the Expansion of Monoculture Tree...

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  • Educating FAO: an urgent need! | March 21st 2019 – International Day of Forests

    Posted on March 18, 2019

    FAO , chose Forests and Education as the theme for 2019 and underlines the importance of investing in forest education. But what does FAO mean by “forest education”?

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  • Breaking the Silence: Violence against women in and around industrial oil palm and rubber plantations

    Posted on March 7, 2019

    Breaking the Silence: Harassment, sexual violence and abuse against women in and around industrial oil palm and rubber plantations.

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  • Sign the statement! RSPO: 14 years failing to eliminate violence and destruction from the industrial palm oil sector

    Posted on November 7, 2018

    We invite organizations to sign on and support the statement, which denounces that the RSPO, since it was created 14 years ago, has been a tool that served the corporate interests of the oil palm sector

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  • International Day of Struggle Against Monoculture Tree Plantations 2018

    Posted on August 14, 2018

    September 21, the International Day Against Monoculture Tree Plantations, is a day for organizations, networks and movements to celebrate resistance and raise their voices to demand, “Stop the Expansion of Monoculture Tree...

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  • Protect Liberia’s unique forest heritage!

    Posted on July 15, 2016

    Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL), a palm oil company, holds hundreds of thousands hectares of land as an agricultural concession. GVL is now pushing to permit logging for export in its concession. International environmentalists are calling...

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  • Impacts of monoculture tree plantations

    Posted on September 27, 2019

    Testimonies from the meeting “Threats and Impacts of Genetically Engineered Trees (GE-trees) Monoculture”, that took place in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in April 2019.

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  • What are GE-trees?

    Posted on September 27, 2019

    Anne Petermann, coordinator of the global Stop GE-Trees Campaign, explains what Genetically Engineered trees are, the risks, uncertainties and context.

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  • Plantations Are Not Forests – Testimonies from Acre, Brazil

    Posted on September 27, 2019

    Dercy Teles, from the rubber tapper movement, and Lindomar Padilha, from Conselho Indigenista Missionário (CIMI) – Acre, explain why monoculture tree plantations are not forests.

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  • This is not sustainable

    Posted on March 20, 2015

    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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  • Oil Palm in Africa. Voices from the communities

    Posted on September 13, 2013

    Industrial oil palm plantations are rapidly expanding, not only in Liberia. In many African countries expansion projects are happening and plans are announced. Everywhere they go, the companies promise jobs and development. Produced by the...

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

    Posted on February 16, 2011

    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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  • Defend Life!

    Posted on September 11, 2009

    Animation about the differences to local people between a forest and a tree plantation. Produced by the World Rainforest Movement Created by Flavio Pazos If you have troubles watching the video, try using Chrome You can download the...

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