FAO – a plantation is not a forest! – The Ecologist

FAO – a plantation is not a forest!
Via Campesina and many more
26th December 2014
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s definition of ‘forest’ includes commercial plantations of fast growing trees – often replacing biodiverse native forests relied on by local communities. FAO must stop using this mis-definition to claim that forests are expanding, when the reverse is the case.
Tens of millions of industrial fast-growing monoculture plantations of eucalyptus, acacia and rubber are counted as ‘planted forests’ in countries’ forest statistics.
Dear José Graziano da Silva, General Director of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO),
We are a broad group of social movements, NGOs and activists, writing this urgent appeal for FAO to review its present definition of forests.
via FAO – a plantation is not a forest! – The Ecologist.