05 Dec '11, 9am

Earth Times: "Timber plantations are not forests."

Earth Times: "Timber plantations are not forests."

Timber plantation via Shutterstock Environmentalists have always clearly defined commercial plantations and forests. The latter being natural and the former destroying indigenous biodiversity and natural resources with the aim to maximise profits. The social consequences of timber plantations have also displaced communities. Deforestation and forest degradation have been a pivotal struggle of the indigenous people's movements in the Amazonian Basin for decades, since the colonial intrusion and expropriation of forest land for agricultural activity at a commercial level. In the 1960s the forest was regarded as a no-go zone and remained largely intact but by succeeding decade, deforestation was growing at a fast rate bringing the proportion of deforestation to an excessive 91%. The dominant agri-business being livestock pastureland and largely feeding with mono-cropped crop-...

Full article: http://www.earthtimes.org/going-green/timber-plantations-...

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