This book, commissioned by the World Rainforest Movement at its meeting in Delhi in April 1994, has its origins in increasing concern among non-governmental organizations in the South over the spread of monoculture tree plantations. It is intended as a tool for all movements alarmed at the social, political and environmental effects of these plantations.
The authors, both of whom have been long involved in the plantations issue, divided their work on this book equally and were in constant consultation with each other across the Atlantic throughout its writing. Ricardo Carrere, based at the Instituto del Tercer Mundo in Uruguay, was responsible for drafting Chapters 4, 7, 8, 9 and 10; Larry Lohmann, based in the UK, for Chapters 2, 3, 5, 11 and 12. Chapters 1, 6 and 13 were jointly written.