We the undersigned wish to express our concern over the certification of tree plantations in our country by the FSC, which has granted a green label to monoculture plantations that have proven to be socially and environmentally destructive.
We are aware that the FSC is carrying out a review of its plantation certification policy, and it is our hope that the result of this process will be an end to the certification of these types of plantations by the FSC in the future.
Nevertheless, the fact remains that the FSC has already certified large areas of monoculture tree plantations in our country, and we believe that their certification should be re-assessed as part of the current review process in order to determine whether they deserve to keep the FSC label.
There are well-documented cases of plantations in our country that never should have received this label and clearly merit de-certification.
As proof that the current review process is genuinely aimed at a profound change in plantation policy, we are calling for the immediate de-certification of the plantations that most blatantly violate the FSC’s mission and the re-evaluation of all other certified plantations in the country.
We object to the fact that logging companies such as Endesa Botrosa receive a FSC certification for their plantations, while in other parts of the country they are mainly responsible for the destruction of native forests, using practices and procedures that are far from complying with the criteria for the sustainable management of forests, thus making a mockery of their membership in the FSC.
We therefore demand the immediate de-certification of the plantations owned by FACE/PROFAFOR AND ENDESA/BOTROSA
RED DE DEFENSA DE LA NATURALEZA, LA DIGNIDAD Y LA VIDA
ORGANIZACIÓN DE JÓVENES DE LORETO
COORDINADORA CAMPESINA POPULAR-MORONA SANTIAGO
FUNDACIÓN VIENTOS DE VIDA
RED ANGEL SHINGRE
ASAMBLEA DE LA FLORESTA
CORRIENTE GRANDE DE QUEVEDO
COMITÉ DE DEFENSA DEL RÍO Y SUS VERTIENTES
COMITÉ DE DEFENSA ECOLÓGICA DE LORETO