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The FAO’s Promotion of Bioenergy Derived from Trees is a Threat to Mother Earth

Guest blog by Souparna Lahiri October 2017 The 21st day of March is designated by the United Nations as the “International Day of Forests”, supposedly to highlight the importance of forests. However, in 2017, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations, promoted the theme “Forests and Energy”, calling forests “nature’s power house”. … Continue reading The FAO’s Promotion of Bioenergy Derived from Trees is a Threat to Mother Earth

Love Forests – Hate Plantations!

Guest Post by Jan Carl Matysiac – GeaSphere Europe October 2017 How can industrial monoculture tree plantations like this be called forests? Earlier this year(and this month too), Portugal has been in the news for huge, destructive wildfires. Nearly 100 people have died due the catastrophe that took place there. The media calls them forest … Continue reading Love Forests – Hate Plantations!

Timberwatch comments on misleading language in South African “Forests Bill”

15th September 2017: In response to an invitation from the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to submit comments on the draft "National Forests Bill", on 15th August, the Timberwatch Coalition, the Centre for Environmental Rights, and two other local civil society groups from the Western Cape submitted written comments as follows: Timberwatch … Continue reading Timberwatch comments on misleading language in South African “Forests Bill”

The Swedish experience: Shrinking forests – Expanding tree plantations

  Guest blog - About the author:  Amanda Tas holds a M.Sc. in Environmental Science with focus on nature conservation biology. She has during the last 15 years worked with different environmental and nature conservation projects in Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia. ************************************************************* There is a large difference between natural forest-ecosystems and industrial tree plantations. … Continue reading The Swedish experience: Shrinking forests – Expanding tree plantations