Archive for the ‘FSC Plantations Review’ Category

“Plantations are monocultures, created from seemingly endless rows of identical trees. They suck the water out of nearby streams and ponds and lower the water table, leaving little or no water for people living near the plantations. They deplete soils, pollute the environment with agrotoxics and eradicate biodiverse local ecosystems. Activists in Brazil call them the green desert because of the way they destroy local people’s livelihoods and environments. But what’s almost as bad as the plantations themselves is that this sort of plantation is given a green seal of approval by the Forest Stewardship Council.”

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On 16 September 2006, the Tageszeitung ran an article based on WRM’s press release about organisations from eight countries demanding that FSC withdraw certificates. Entwicklungspolitik online (a German website about development politics) ran a translation of the press release.

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By Chris Lang. Published in Robin Wood Magazine, August 2006.

Tens of thousands of people have protested against two pulp mills currently under construction near Fray Bentos on the River Uruguay. A recent WRM report documents the social and environmental problems with the FSC-certified plantations which will provide raw material to the mills.

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At a recent meeting about the Forest Stewardship Council’s ongoing plantations review NGOs present decided to write a letter to FSC. Well most of us did. WWF felt that this wasn’t the right time to write an open letter which might be interpreted as being critical of FSC.

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Great article in The Mercury last week about industrial tree plantations in South Africa and Swaziland. The article focusses on the fact that these plantations are certified as well managed under the Forest Stewardship Council system and the fact that FSC is carrying out a Plantations Review. The article asks whether FSC’s logo on paper products is really worth a row of beans.

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The Forestry Stewardship Council symbol should indicate ethical paper production practices, but is this merely another way of ‘greenwashing’ environmentally and economically unfriendly realities?

By Tony Carnie – The Mercury
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By Chris Lang. Published in WRM Bulletin 108, July 2006.

In 2002, FSC decided that it urgently needed to review its certification of plantations. Since then, the area of FSC certified plantations has more than doubled. FSC’s Plantations Review is now nearing its conclusion, but it has failed to address the problems associated with certifying plantations.

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By Chris Lang. Published in Watershed Vol. 9 No. 3, March – June 2004

FSC certifies industrial tree plantations as well managed forests. This is a fraud – plantations are not forests.

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