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We'd like to ask your help with a fundraising appeal to help communities in Maranhão defend their land from eucalyptus plantations. It would be great if you could help spread the word about this Appeal, too.
Last October, as part of our report Biomass: The Chain of Destruction, we published a case study about Eucalyptus Plantations for Energy in the Brazilian state of Maranhao, written by authors from the world Rainforest Movement and a regional organisation called CEPEDES.
As illustrated in the report, traditional communities in the Baixo Parnaíba region of Maranhão are trying to defend their land, livelihoods and the region's rich biodiversity from eucalyptus plantations. Those plantations are being expanded for pulp and paper, for charcoal production for pig iron and with a view to making wood pellets for Europe. Communities have long been living in harmony with their ecosystem – a transition zone between the Amazon rainforest and the Cerrado savannah - through harvesting fruits, practicing small-scale farming and cattle raising. They are trying to defend their land from being bulldozed and turned into plantations. In some cases, communities have managed to stop land-grabs by standing in front of bulldozers. However, successful projects that allow communities to diversify agricultural production and increase their incomes in a truly sustainable way are just as vital if they are to protect their lands and the region's rich ecosystem.
Please can you help the communities with a donation which will go towards community projects that receive support from a local organization (Carajás Forum), an organization that is also actively involved in the support of the land struggle of these communities against Suzano. All money collected by Biofuelwatch through this appeal will be sent to the Carajás Forum. The World Rainforest Movement will together with the Carajás Forum monitor the implementation of the projects.
To donate money and find more information, please go to www.biofuelwatch.org.uk/2014/donate-to-maranhao-communities/ .
If you would like to donate money for this appeal but have problems doing so via Paypal, please email us. Many thanks in advance.
The Biofuelwatch Team
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