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Rising concern over reports of a third pulp mill in Uruguay: Another fait accompli?

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New nursery: Further expansion of plantations

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Pulp plantations threaten dairy heartland

The Uruguayan economy is largely dependent on agriculture and livestock raising, in which the dairy industry plays an important role. The production of milk and other dairy products is mainly concentrated in three departments, two of which – San José and Colonia – present a diverse collection of family farms and an organized local society […]

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International Symposium on Plantations

On the occasion of the International Day of Struggle Against Tree Plantations, September 21st, an International Symposium On Plantations took place in Montevideo, Uruguay, at the Conventions Centre of the Municipality Building. The issues presented were: • “Investment agreements outreach”, by Sebastián Valdomir.Member of REDES / Friends of the Earth Uruguay and coordinator of the […]

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STOP the expansion of monoculture tree plantations!

September 21, 2011 – Montevideo, Uruguay STOP the expansion of monoculture tree plantations! On the occasion of the International Day of Struggle Against Tree Plantations, September 21st, social environmental organisations from Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe gathered in Montevideo in order to exchange knowledge and experiences of resistance to the impacts of tree plantations. […]

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The power of the plantation and pulp company Montes del Plata

Montes del Plata is the name of the joint venture created for operations in Uruguay by two forestry, pulp and paper transnationals: Arauco of Chile and the Swedish-Finnish company Stora Enso. The two have joined forces to build and operate a pulp mill that will produce at least 1.45 million tons of pulp annually. As […]

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The secret investment contract between the Uruguayan government and Montes del Plata

On May 12, 2011, the Uruguayan weekly publication Búsqueda published excerpts of an investment contract signed between the Executive Branch and Montes del Plata (a joint venture between the Swedish-Finnish company Stora Enso and the Chilean company Arauco). The contract, signed on January 18, establishes the terms and conditions guaranteed to the company for its […]

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Montes del Plata: Chronicle of an authorization foretold

Shortly before the end of last year, the Uruguayan Ministry of the Environment (MVOTMA) granted prior environmental authorization (AAP) to Montes del Plata for the construction of a pulp mill in Conchillas, in the department of Colonia. (1) Recently, in the midst of the usual suspension of activities during the Southern hemisphere summer, the company […]

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Uruguay: Tree plantation workers and agrotoxic spraying

One of the promises made by plantation companies to gain support – from the government and from local communities – is that they will create employment. What they fail to specify beforehand is the type of employment they will create and under what kind of working conditions, in terms of both salaries and workers’ health […]

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Montes del Plata advances on Colonia. The pulp mill will not come alone

The plans for the construction of a pulp mill in Conchillas, in the department of Colonia, have been surrounded by a series of events that raise serious concerns. On the one hand, there are the statements made referring to the establishment of eucalyptus tree plantations in Colonia to supply the mill, and on the other, […]

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