Uruguay: A new land redistribution…in favour of forestry companies

by Elizabeth Díaz In Uruguay at the end of the forties, the State promoted an exemplary initiative, the creation of the National Settlement Institute (Instituto Nacional de Colonización – INC), that arose from the need for a “suitable instrument to promote a rational subdivision of land and its appropriate exploitation in order to achieve the […]

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Tree Plantations in Uruguay (Paysandú)

by Raquel Núñez and Elizabeth Díaz “We lost the sunrise.” This is not a figurative turn of phrase, but a literal statement of fact, shared with us by the local residents of an area of the department of Paysandú invaded by plantations owned by Botnia. The Uruguayan countryside has agricultural zones and more populated areas […]

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Testimonies about the impacts of large-scale tree plantations on flora and fauna

It has been demonstrated — although there is few bibliography and research about this subject — that large-scale tree plantations have serious impacts on flora and fauna of the zones nearby the plantations. Regarding flora and fauna, the greatest biodiversity in Uruguay is to be found in the grasslands (pradera) which are — and have […]

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