Pulping the Mekong

1 Oct


By Chris Lang. Published by Oxfam Mekong Initiative, TERRA and World Rainforest Movement


Introduction
The area of industrial tree plantations in the Mekong Region is expanding. The pulp and paper industry benefits from these plantations, while the costs are paid by local communities.
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ADB’s draft forest policy – The politics of participation
The ADB likes to talk about “stakeholders”, “participation” and “consultation”, but the Bank’s review of its forest policy demonstrates that these words have no meaning within the Bank.
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Advance Agro, Thailand
Advance Agro is Thailand’s largest pulp and paper manufacturer. The company claims to be ‘green’, but local communities living with the impacts of the plantations and pollution from the pulp mill question such claims.
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ADB’s plantations in Laos
Forests are being cleared to make way for ADB-funded plantations in Laos. Villagers are already seeing the impacts.
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Land concessions in Cambodia
Having suspended logging concessions in 2002 the Cambodian government has found a new way of handing over Cambodia’s land and forests to private companies: economic land concessions.
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The expansion of plantations in Vietnam
The Vietnam Paper Corporation has a US$1 billion plan to expand the country’s pulp and paper production capacity.
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Company Profile: Jaakko Pöyry
A profile of the world’s biggest (and most notorious) forestry consulting firm.
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Carbon Dumping in the Mekong Region
How the North is attempting to evade both its responsibility for global warming and the need to reduce emissions at home.
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Certification of Thailand’s Forest Industry Organisation
In June 2001, SmartWood gave Thailand’s Forest Industry Organisation the FSC ‘green’ certificate. It’s difficult to imagine how they came to the conclusion that FIO is in any way ‘green’.
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This publication was coordinated by Femy Pinto at Oxfam Mekong Initiative in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The title “Pulping the Mekong” is derived from a publication on industrial tree plantations and the world paper economy, Pulping the South: Industrial tree plantations and the world paper economy, written by Ricardo Carrere and Larry Lohmann. The book was published in 1996 by the World Rainforest Movement and Zed Books.

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