Archive for the ‘Stora Enso’ Category

Statement from WRM, 19 March 2008:

Yesterday we were notified by the Forest Stewardship Council certifying body SGS (Société Générale de Surveillance) that they have awarded an FSC certificate to Veracel’s eucalyptus plantations in Brazil. What they did not announce in the e-mail was that together with that certificate they were also giving the FSC its death certificate.
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From World Rainforest Movement:

The Swedish-Finnish company, Stora Enso has purchased land and established eucalyptus plantations in the State of Rio Grande do Sul, along the area bordering Uruguay. This fact implies that the company has acted illegally, violating legal provisions which ban the acquisition of land by foreigners within a 150 km strip along frontier zones bordering a neighbouring country.
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Stora Enso press release (5 March 2008):

On Tuesday morning 4 March Stora Enso’s plantation in the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul was invaded by around 800 protesters, most of whom were women. According to the invaders, the occupation was part of a series of actions planned against the agricultural sector within the days leading up to International Women’s Day. The invasion ended in the afternoon of the same day.

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Press release from Via Campesina (4 March 2008):

This Tuesday, 4 March, around 900 women of the Via Campesina occupied the Tarumã Farm, 2,100 hectares big, in the municipality of Rosário do Sul, at about 400 km from the state capital Porto Alegre. They arrived at the area at about 6 am and started immediately to cut down eucalyptus trees and to plant native trees seedlings. In a press release, the women declare that:

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Stora Enso, UPM and Metsäliitto deliberately violated Finnish competition law by exchanging information with each other on the price of timber, according to a report issued by the Finnish Competition Authority in January 2007.

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According to RISI, Aracruz may be about to announce plans to install another pulp line at its Veracel pulp mill in Bahia. Veracel is a 900,000 t/yr pulp mill, built and run as a joint venture between Aracruz and Stora Enso.

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World Rainforest Movement recently received a letter documenting the impacts of Stora Enso’s operations in Brazil.

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Fast wood growth rates

Posted: 20 September 2006 in Globalisation, PULP Inc, Stora Enso

One of the reasons why the pulp industry is expanding so rapidly in the Global South is that trees grow faster there. Here are some growth rate comparisons for different countries:

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Pulp and paper prices are cyclical. The theory is simple: High economic growth leads to high paper consumption and demand. This in turn leads to high sales, high prices and high profits for the paper industry. Companies invest the money in new capacity. By the time the new capacity comes on line (five years later), economic growth has slowed. The market is flooded with paper (or pulp) and prices collapse.

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Stora Enso plans to increase its area of plantations in China to 160,000 hectares by 2010, according to a report by Bloomberg. Stora Enso currently has 60,000 hectares of plantations in Guangxi in the south of China.

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