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Timber versus Nature

The rolling 'green' hills of Mpumalanga Province in South Africa conceal a cruel reality Large-scale industrial tree plantations such as this one (above) have been called "green blankets of death" by an ecologist who is based in the area Natural landscapes that formerly were habitat for many different kinds of wild plants and animals, have been systematically trashed … Continue reading Timber versus Nature

Open Letter: Tree plantations must be defined separately from Forests

Open letter to: Cristiana Paşca Palmer, 9 December 2016 Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Tree plantations must be defined separately from Forests Dear Cristiana Paşca Palmer, The current FAO ‘forest’ definition which is also used by the CBD secretariat, fails to distinguish between genuine forests, and land planted with trees … Continue reading Open Letter: Tree plantations must be defined separately from Forests

An introduction to: Plantation Definition Discussion

Its time to face up to the reality that industrial tree plantations are not forests. They never have been and never will be! That's why they need their own identities and definitions, so that they can no longer be confused with real forests. Help us to show the UN that calling tree plantations forests is not good for the planet!