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Fake Forest Day 

The Timberwatch Coalition hosted a full-day side event on 4th December 2011, during the UNFCCC COP in Durban. The programme included speakers from well-known organisations from around the world who were in Durban for the COP17 climate change negotiations. See video report: Fake Forest Day – Durban December 2011


Speaker presentations on YouTube

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01 Winnie Overbeek (World Rainforest Movement) 

Winnie Overbeek of the WRM (World Rainforest Movement) speaks about the International Plantations Campaign, and how monoculture tree plantations impact on rural communities in developing countries.

02 Carlos Afana (La Via Campesina)

Carlos Afana of UNAC in Moçambique (Member of La Via Campesina) speaks on how tree plantations established on community land impact on peasant farmers' livelihoods.  

03 Simone Lovera (Global Forest Coalition) Simone Lovera of the Global Forest Coalition (GFC) describes problems arising from the confusing official definitions applied to forests and tree plantations.  

04 Tom Goldtooth (Indigenous Environmental Network) Tom Goldtooth of the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) speaks at the Fake Forest Day held in Durban on 4th December 2011 on how monoculture plantations impact on Indigenous Peoples.

05 Tsietsi Chabatsane Tsietsi Chabatsane from Lesotho describes the negative effects of tree plantations in his country.

06 Blessing Karumbidza (Timberwatch Coalition) Blessing Karumbidza of the Timberwatch Coalition in South Africa speaks on the establishment of monoculture tree plantations as a false solution to climate change under the CDM (Clean Development Mechanism).

07 Rachel Smolker (Biofuelwatch) Rachel Smolker of Biofuelwatch's speaks on the dangers of the large-scale demand for biomass as fuel in energy generation.

08 Bongani Mthembu (SDCEA) Representing the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA), Bongani Mthembu describes how the processing of timber from industrial plantations into paper pollutes the environment affecting the health of local communities.

09 Helena Paul (Econexus) Helena Paul of Econexus describes the way in which large-scale tree plantations destroy biodiversity and undermine the livelihoods of rural people.

10 Anne Petermann (GJEP) Anne Petermann of the Global Justice Ecology Project (GJEP) provides an overview of the state of play with the timber industry pushing of genetically engineered (GE) trees to meet anticipated demand for biomass based fuels.

11 Philip Owen GeaSphere) Philip owen describes how GeaSphere actively opposes the spread of timber plantations which destroy biodiverse grasslands and impact negatively on water resources. The certification of such plantations as "responsibly managed forests" by the Forest Stewardship Council is dishonest and must be exposed.

12 Larry Lohmann (The Cornerhouse) Larry Lohmann of the Corner House in the UK explores the links between tree plantations and colonialism.


Timberwatch Videos   

Timberwatch 2000 – Oh Deer! In June 2000 a documentary produced by Don Guy was launched at a plantations symposium to highlight the problems related to tree plantations

Illegal Timber Plantations – A Growing Problem in South Africa In 2005, with support from the Bateleurs ‘Flying for the Environment’ Rehana Dada produced a video focussing on the uncontrolled spread of illegal plantations in South Africa.


World Rainforest Videos

Green Invasion – Documentary on Forest Monocultures Green Invasion reflects local peoples' concerns about large scale tree monocultures and the social and environmental impact they entail. The aim of this video is thus to serve as a major tool for raising awareness about the serious threat of these plantations to forests and forests people and to support the worldwide struggle against them.

A Silent Forest - The Growing Threat, Genetically Engineered Trees This award winning documentary film explores the growing global threat of genetically engineered trees to our environment and to human health. The film features renowned geneticist and host of PBS' The Nature of Things, David Suzuki who explores the unknown and possibly disastrous consequences of improperly tested GE methods. The film includes the testimony of many experts on the subject and serves as a valuable tool to inform students and those interested in environmental issues.

For other videos relating to plantations go to the WRM (World Rainforest Movement) website. Go to: