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Turning Forests into Fuel for the New ‘Bio-economy?’: What Really Happens When Forests are Commodified-Voices From Around The World

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Extensive monoculture tree plantations in South Africa. Photo: Isis Alvarez.

Doha, Qatar- As Governments gathering for the 18th Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP18) continue discussions on the need to address the drivers of forest loss, the Global Forest Coalition [1], today launches a video repository [2] that tells a powerful story about the commodification of forests as a key driver of climate change. This can only worsen as new industrial ‘bio-economy’ strategies come into play.

The repository brings together key videos produced and directed by a wide range of groups and communities, clearly demonstrating that Indigenous Peoples and local communities in countries right across the world are encountering and challenging the same problems with the rapidly expanding commodification of forest resources. Forests, their biodiversity, and their inhabitants are under attack as never before. In addition to existing problems, such as illegal logging and the clearing of forests to grow food crops for export, a variety of new policies threaten to escalate the situation dramatically. These include the production of biofuels, and the new industrial ‘bio-economy’ approach, which aims to replace fossil fuels with biomass (including from trees), both as an energy source and to provide the raw materials for a new phase of industrialisation [3]. Read more »

41st issue of Forest Cover, the newsletter of the Global Forest Coalition

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We present the 41st version of the Global Forest Coalition’s newsletter in intergovernmental forest-related policy processes: Forest Cover no.41st. In this issue you will find: an interesting editorial on the current policies that add pressure to the current climate crises drawing on Rio+20 and its “Green Economy” and the latest climate talks in Bangkok . It also includes two analysis from different points of view from the latest Rio+20 Summit also known as the ‘Earth Summit’, 20 years later from the original in 1992; one analyses the ‘usefulness’ of the Rio+20 summit as well as addresses the alternative People’s Summit, and the other analysis is given from an Indigenous perspective taking into consideration its Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas (ICCAs). Read more »

Activist Groups Denounce Bio-economy and Sustainable Biomass Myth on International Day against Monoculture Tree Plantations

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Monoculture tree plantations in Brazil. Photo: Anne Petermann, GJEP, US.

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On the occasion of the International Day of Protest Against Monoculture Tree Plantations {1}, the Global Forest Coalition [2], Biofuelwatch [3] Critical Information Collective [4] and Global Justice Ecology Project [5] warn against EU and US plans to expand the bio-economy [6]. 

This new industrial strategy assumes that massive amounts of additional biomass could be produced sustainably in order to be burned for industrial and commercial electricity and heat, or processed to replace petroleum fuels used in transportation or various manufacturing and industrial processes. Read more »