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!

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

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