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Latin American Network Against Tree Plantations

What is the Latin American Network against Monoculture Tree Plantations?

The Latin American Network Against Tree Plantations (RECOMA) is a decentralized network of Latin American organizations, created in 2003, with the basic objective of coordinating activities to oppose the expansion of large scale monoculture tree plantations on a regional level, be these for the production of timber and pulp, for the production of palm oil or to act as “carbon sinks.” At the same time, RECOMA encourages support to socially and environmentally sound alternatives to these threats, based on community initiatives.

The Network was created during the World Social Forum held in January 2003 by representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Paraguay and Uruguay.

How does it work?

The Network’s founding organizations have acted as Focal Points in their respective countries from the time it was created. The Network as a whole, at the initiative of its founding members, has chosen Focal Points in the remaining countries, seeking to incorporate all the countries of the region. The choice of such Focal Points was subject to the approval of all the founding members.

Regarding membership, the Network is composed exclusively by one Focal Point per country. On a national level, the Focal Points may seek to incorporate all the organizations interested in this issue, using the mechanisms that best adapt to their situation and needs.

Each Focal Point should carry out a series of functions. Among these, two may be highlighted:

 1) Maintain contact with the rest of the Network

2) Promote the creation of a national (formal or informal) network against plantations.

 The Network also has a general coordination in charge of supporting work on a national level and coordinating actions on a regional and international level.. The Network selected the Secretariat of the World Rainforest Movement, located in Uruguay to carry out this task. .

Both on a national and regional level, as a whole the Network intends to promote the following activities:

– support local struggles against monoculture tree plantations

– support local development alternatives

– create awareness regarding social and environmental impacts of monoculture tree plantations

– disseminate information and analysis

– provide training to the actors involved

– encourage horizontal exchange among countries

– carry out research activities

– disseminate research findings

– organize campaigns on a national level

– coordinate campaigns on a regional level

– coordinate activities with extra-regional organizations

 – encourage substantial changes in national forestry legislation, eliminating from them the promotion of monoculture tree plantations

How to get involved with the Network

Those interested in further information on the Latin American Network against Monoculture Tree Plantations (Red Latinoamericana contra los Monocultivos de Árboles – RECOMA), should contact the focal point in their country or the Network’s Secretariat:

World Rainforest Movement
phone: +598 2605 6943
e-mail: recomala@gmail.com

Focal points:

Argentina:
Federación Argentina Amigos de la Tierra
http://www.amigos.org.ar
contact: amigosdelatierra@amigos.org.ar

Guardianes del Iberá
https://www.facebook.com/guardianesibera
contact: Emilio Spataro – coordinador@salvemosalibera.org

Brazil:
FASE – Federação de Orgãos para Assistência Social e Educacional / Espírito Santo – FASE-ES http://www.fase.org.br
contact: Beto Loureiro – betocaparao@hotmail.com

Chile:
Observatorio Latinoamericano de Conflictos Ambientales – OLCA
http://www.olca.cl/
contact: Lucio Cuenca – l.cuenca@olca.cl

Colombia:
Centro Nacional Salud Ambiente y Trabajo – CENSAT Agua Viva
http://www.censat.org
contact: Marcela Gómez – marsela7@gmail.com

Costa Rica:
Comunidades Ecológicas la Ceiba – COECOCEIBA
http://www.foei.org/groups/members/costarica.html
contact: Mariana Porras – mariana@coecoceiba.org

Ecuador:
Acción Ecológica
http://www.accionecologica.org
contact: Nathalia Bonilla – foresta@accionecologica.org

El Salvador:
Centro Salvadoreño de Tecnología Apropiada – CESTA
http://www.cesta-foe.org/
contact: Silvia Quiroa – siqy2101@gmail.com

Guatemala:
Savia, Escuela de Pensamiento Ecologista
contact: Carlos Salvatierra – salvatierraleal@gmail.com

Honduras:
OFRANEH – Organización Fraternal Negra Hondureña
https://ofraneh.wordpress.com/
contact: garifuna@ofraneh.org

Madre Tierra
http://www.foei.org/groups/members/honduras.html
contact: Juan Almendares – juan.almendares@gmail.com

Mexico:
Otros Mundos / Amigos de la Tierra de México
http://www.otrosmundoschiapas.org/index.php
contact: Claudia Ramos-Guillén – claudiaramos@otrosmundoschiapas.org

Nicaragua:
Inti Pachamama
contact: Martha Flores – intipachamamanic@gmail.com

Paraguay:
Sobrevivencia
http://www.sobrevivencia.org.py/
contact: bosques@sobrevivencia.org.py

Uruguay:
REDES – Amigos de la Tierra
http://www.redes.org.uy/
contact: María Selva Ortiz – agua@redes.org.uy

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