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Friends of the Earth International is opposed to the conversion of forests and other ecosystems into large-scale monoculture plantations, and calls for a halt to the resulting displacement of indigenous peoples and environmental destruction. We campaign to reduce global consumption of the products these plantations support (timber, paper and oil) and work with local people to defend their land rights.

png womenMonoculture tree plantations have disastrous effects on the environment and the health of neighbouring communities.

“Health is a very big concern in our place right now we breathe in the chemicals... I’m pretty sure we are inhaling dangerous substances and definitely are dying every minute. Some women had babies who developed asthma when they were just one or two months old. Chemicals are killing us; we will all die sooner.”

 

A woman from the Saga community, Papua New Guinea

 

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