Archive for the ‘South Africa’ Category

Geasphere has released a great new video documenting the environmental and social impacts of industrial tree plantations in South Africa. Timber plantations consume 30 times as much water each day as the population of South Africa. Thousands and thousands of people have been evicted to make way for Mondi and Sappi’s monocultures.



Earlier this year Geashpere and EcoDoc Africa released a great video about the impact of industrial tree plantations on water in the Jonkershoek Valley:

Plantation Trees and Water Use: Seventy years of Jonkershoek Paired Catchment Experiments
A Tour with Arthur Chapman

Plantations use significant amounts of water and South Africa is an arid country. In this documentary Arthur Chapman from One World Sustainable Investments (previously CSIR) takes us on a tour and shares with us the background of seventy years of hydrological research in the Jonkershoek Valley and how the paired catchment experiments work, and how much water trees really use. The intention of the documentary is educational, and to be used as a platform for further discussions.


Pulping the future

Posted: 16 September 2009 in South Africa

A new video from Geasphere in South Africa.

A sulphur dioxide pipeline burst last week at Sappi’s newly up-graded pulp mill at Umkomaas. Three hundred people were treated by doctors after the leak.


– September 21st: International Day against Monoculture Tree Plantations

In many southern countries monoculture tree plantations are advancing rapidly, causing serious negative impacts on local communities as well as on the environment.


Mondi sneaking into Uganda?

Posted: 9 September 2006 in Mondi, South Africa, Uganda

Uganda has no pulp industry. Uganda’s publishing houses use paper and newsprint from South Africa’s Mondi.


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.


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