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Good news for readers in eastern Africa!

We are pleased to announce today, 21st September, The International Day of Struggle Against Monoculture Tree Plantations, that the joint briefing - Industrial Tree Plantations INVADING Eastern & Southern Africa - produced in October 2016 by Timberwatch and the World Rainforest Movement, is now available in KiSwahili.

Mashamba makubwa ya miti Kwa ajili ya viwanda yanavyovamia Mashariki na Kusini mwa Afrika 

The pdf document (40 pages) is available for downloading in two convenient file sizes by clicking on the following links:- small (2,3 MB) and higher quality (5,6 MB)

The English language briefing can still be downloaded as a 6MB higher res pdf, or as a lower quality 3MB pdf.


For information on the plantations campaign, please go to http://wrm.org.uy/highlighted_post/international-day-of-struggle-against-monoculture-tree-plantations-2017 or click on the image below:

You can also read a new guest blog by Winnie Overbeek on Plantation Definition Discussion 

- https://plantationdefinitiondiscussion.wordpress.com/2017/08/31/a-dead-forest-that-kills-everything  

And this is also true as more and more badly planned and planted tree plantations go up in flames all over the world! 




A new briefing released:

Industrial Tree Plantations INVADING Eastern and Southern Africa

A joint project of Timberwatch and the World Rainforest Movement (WRM).

The briefing can be downloaded as a 6MB higher res pdf, or as a lower quality 3MB pdf.

This report covers 11 countries in a part of Africa where tree plantations have already had a long presence thanks to the influence of colonial powers, but now there is a new wave of foreign interest in Africa's land and water resources, which threatens to cause more harm to local communities and to the environment. Read more here...

For further  information, including photographs for media use, please contact:

Wally Menne - plantnet@iafrica.com 

Teresa Perez - teresap@wrm.org.uy


CSAP - Making the voices of Civil Society heard and heeded during the 14th World Forestry Congress (WFC2015) in Durban, South Africa, 7-11 September 2015

Please note:

The CSAP website was online at  www.csap-durban.org until the 12 month web hosting contract ended in July 2016. The contents of the CSAP site will be archived on the TW site along with other relevant reports, feedback, photographs etc. Please be patient.

Scroll down for articles and photographs from the CSAP!

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World Forestry Congress Vision Must Include Grassroots


Andy Egan on the World Forestry Congress declaration


CSAP Registration has CLOSED!

To attend the Civil Society Alternative Programme during WFC2015 (CSAP) , please register at our "eventbrite" page - click on the image below:


To volunteer as a member of the participant support team, please also register as a volunteer on the CSAP website and confirm your interest to wally_m@iafrica.com

Please note that the end of May deadline for submission of presentations, videos and side-events/exhibits under the broad CSAP theme - Civil Society Perspectives of 'Forestry' - has now passed, but there are still a few slots available  so please submit yours asap. See below:

“Forests” and People:

Investing in a “Sustainable” Future, or ‘Corporations and Plantations: Undermining Earth’s Integrity’?

Proposals for presentations, displays and videos


In parallel to the World Forestry Congress (WFC2015) being held in Durban this September, local and international civil society organisations will be hosting a separate programme of activities and events aimed at providing a broader perspective of what "forestry" and "forest industry" mean to the indigenous peoples, local communities, wildlife, and natural ecosystems that bear the direct and indirect environmental and socio-economic effects of industrial logging in forests, large-scale tree plantations that replace farmland and natural habitats, and industrial timber processing activities that pollute air, soil and water. As part of the civil society programme planned for the week of 7th to 11th September, there will be talks, presentations, debates, slide shows and video screenings to give opportunities to both international visitors and interested members of local communities to learn about the social and environmental problems that arise from large-scale production, consumption and disposal of industrially produced wood-based commodities: paper and packaging, wood chips and pellets used as fuels in energy generation, and cellulose pulp used to make cheap throw-away products. The programme will also explore practical solutions to the land-grabbing and community displacement that industrial logging and large-scale conversion of natural habitat and farmland into sterile single-species tree plantations.


This is a call for the submission of proposals for short (5-15 minutes) videos; short presentations on relevant research, publications and projects, as well as poster displays. Please supply subtitles in English if applicable.

Please submit abstracts or brief summaries (100-150 words) describing your proposed videos, slide shows, static displays or presentations, together with full personal details and contact information to timberwatch@iafrica.com before 30th May, 2015. Links to any relevant online media e.g. news reports, blog articles, you-tube videos, etc should also be provided. All submissions will be acknowledged by e-mail, and successful applicants will be notified by end of June, whereafter digital copies of the selected material will be requested.

A provisional programme can be found at the CSAP website!



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