World Rainforest Movement

Carbon Sink Plantations

These are tree plantations, often eucalyptus but it can also be acacia, pine or oil palm, where the owner claims that the trees provide the so-called “environmental service” of carbon absorption. However, this is a false solution to the climate crisis. Carbon sink plantation projects increase carbon emissions. Although the carbon dioxide molecules stored in a tree might be chemically identical to the CO2 molecules emitted by a polluter in the North that ‘buys’ this stored CO2 as carbon credits, from a climate point of view the two CO2s are radically different. The carbon from the atmosphere stored in a tree is sooner or later released again when the tree is felled. Yet the polluting company in the North, by burning fossil fuels, throws a ´new´ quantity of Carbon into the atmosphere, increasing the total amount of carbon that is being exchanged all the time between the atmosphere and biosphere.



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  • Paths Beyond Paris: Movements, action and solidarity towards Climate Justice

    Posted on December 2, 2015

    By Carbon Trade Watch. After over 20 years of international climate change negotiations, talks continue to move further away from identifying the root causes of the climate crisis. These short, sharp articles highlight years of struggle,...

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  • Nothing Neutral Here: Large-scale biomass subsidies in the UK and the role of the EU ETS

    Posted on August 30, 2012

    A Carbon Trade Watch report that links the demand for biomass in the UK, the role of the EU’s Emissions Trading System and the destructive expansion of industrial monoculture tree plantations around the world. Available...

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  • The Carbon Connection – VIDEO

    Posted on May 30, 2012

    The Carbon Connection, is a Fenceline Films presentation in partnership with the Transnational Institute Environmental Justice Project and Carbon Trade Watch, the Alert Against the Green Desert Movement, FASE-ES, and the Community Training...

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  • CDM carbon sink tree plantations in Africa: A case study in Tanzania

    Posted on May 30, 2011

    By Blessing Karumbidza and Wally Menne – The Timberwatch Coalition This study dissects a tree plantation carbon sink project at Idete in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania. The Norwegian company that owns the project, Green Resources...

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  • Where the Trees are a Desert. Stories from the Ground

    Posted on November 30, 2003

    By Carbon Trade Watch, TNI/FASE This collaorative brieing gives an insight into the history of monoculture eucalyptus plantations inBrazil and their impacts on local people and the environment. It also explores the new finances made...

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  • Mount Tamalpais Declaration

    Posted on May 11, 2000

    San Francisco, May 2000 We, the undersigned non-governmental organizations, wish to express extreme concern about the role envisaged for tree plantations in helping industrialized countries meet their commitments to reduce greenhouse gas...

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  • Women and Climate Change

    Posted on December 29, 2010

    Produced by Gender CC, Women for Climate Justice , with the support of the WRM International Secretariat Directed by Flavio Pazos Voice: Lori Nordstrom Based on the work of: Ana Filippini – WRM Andrea Guzmán – CENPROTAC,...

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