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foei forests campaign builds alliances in 2007

With half of global forests destroyed, and in the face of ongoing deforestation, Friends of the Earth International is continuing its campaign to halt illegal logging and unsustainable forest practices. We believe sustainable forest management and small-scale agriculture are best left to Indigenous Peoples and local communities, who should be granted land and resource rights.

 

forests campaign builds alliancesIn 2007 we oversaw a strengthening of alliances for the FoEI forests campaign. One way we achieved this was through active participation in an April 2007 meeting organised by Via Campesina, on the topic of opposition to eucalyptus plantations. After very fruitful discussions we agreed on initial general actions and to coordinate for some common work.

We continued this type of work with the World Rainforest Movement, participating in their meeting in South Africa. We also provided documentation related to plantations to various governments and to the Forest Stewardship Council.

At the end of 2007 we were in the final stages of releasing a publication on community forest management. This publication will, for the first time, bring together the wealth of community forest management experience around the world, from El Salvador to Greece, from India to Borneo.  The publication proposes not only to inform and raise awareness, but also to work as a vehicle to guide discussions and motivate action. We believe it will to contribute a great deal to the sustainable forest movement.

with thanks to our funders: the swedish society for nature conservation, and oxfam novib

 

 

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