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GJEP and Biofuelwatch visited Chile and Wallmapu (Mapuche territory) with the support of the digital media platform Resumen during the month of April 2024.

During this visit into the field we confirmed, through the aerial images obtained by Resumen, that destructive clearcut logging continues to be practiced extensively throughout the territories of Wallmapu. Clearcutting is a technique that destroys diverse ecosystems, decreases biodiversity and increases the risk of soil erosion. This practice is another precedent for the negative impacts of the forestry industry in Chile and Wallmapu, despite this industry’s attempts to greenwash its image and present itself as an environmental leader. The images here were taken in the communes of Quillón (Ñuble Region) and Curanilahue (Arauco Province) of holdings belonging to Arauco.

#Talarasa #Wallmapu #forestryindustry

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Como GJEP visitamos Chile y Wallmapu (territorio mapuche) durante el mes de abril de 2024. En esta visita constatamos, mediante imágenes aéreas, que la tala rasa sigue practicándose en extensos territorios. La tala rasa es una técnica que destruye diversos ecosistemas, disminuye la biodiversidad y aumenta el riesgo de erosión del suelo. Esta práctica es otro antecedente de los impactos negativos de la industria forestal en Chile y Wallmapu, pese a los intentos de esta industria por lavar su imagen y presentarse como verde. Las imágenes que les compartimos a continuación fueron tomadas en las comunas de Quillón (Región del Ñuble) y Curanilahue (Provincia de Arauco).

#Talarasa #Wallmapu #industriaforestal

Biofuelwatch and GJEP visited Chile and Wallmapu (Mapuche territory) with the support of the digital media platform Resumen during the month of April 2024. 

During this visit we confirmed, through aerial images obtained by Resumen, the negative impacts of the pulp industry in the territory. We visited the largest pulp mill in Chile, the MAPA project, by Celulosa Arauco, which produces 2.1 million tons of pulp per year. We were able to observe the large amount of emissions into the atmosphere that this industry generates. In addition, we confirmed the poor state of the industrial infrastructure of Arauco allied companies such as Andina Ingredients, a turpentine distillation facility which represents a horrific toxic threat for the ecosystems and communities in the area.

#Wallmapu #forestryindustry #MAPA

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Como GJEP visitamos Chile y Wallmapu (territorio mapuche) durante el mes de abril de 2024. En esta visita constatamos, mediante imágenes aéreas, los impactos negativos de la industria de celulosa en el territorio. Visitamos la planta de celulosa más grande de Chile, proyecto MAPA, de Celulosa Arauco, que produce 2,1 millones de toneladas de celulosa al año. Pudimos observar la gran cantidad de emisiones a la atmósfera que genera esta industria. Además, constatamos el pésimo estado de la infraestructura industrial de empresas aliadas de Arauco como Andina Ingredients, la cual genera gran continuidad de destrucción a los ecosistemas y comunidades de la zona. 

Biofuelwatch and GJEP visited Chile and Wallmapu (Mapuche territory) with the support of the digital media platform Resumen during the month of April 2024. 

On this visit we met with the mayor of Curanilahue, a small rural city in the Province of Arauco. She showed us the reality of thousands of residents in her community, who literally do not have space to build their homes. This occurs because in the commune of Curanilahue 80% of the land ownership is in the hands of the large forestry companies. It is for this reason that various families and neighborhoods have organized to take over and recover land, where they remove the monoculture plantations and have built their houses. This is a  reflection of another one of the serious problems of the forestry industry in Chile and Wallmapu: the hyper-concentration of land ownership in the hands of a few forestry companies.

#Wallmapu #forestryindustry #Curanilahue

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Como GJEP visitamos Chile y Wallmapu (territorio mapuche) durante el mes de abril de 2024. En esta visita nos reunimos con la alcaldesa de Curanilahue en la Provincia de Arauco. Ella nos mostró la realidad de miles de vecinos en su comuna, los cuales no tienen espacio para construir sus viviendas. Esto ocurre porque en la comuna de Curanilahue el 80% de la propiedad de la tierra está en manos de grandes forestales. Es por esta razón que diversas comunidades se organizan para hacer tomas y recuperaciones de terreno en donde sacan el monocultivo e instalan sus casas. Este es el reflejo de otro de los problemas de la industria forestal en Chile y Wallmapu: la hiper-concentración de la propiedad de la tierra en pocas empresas forestales.

#Wallmapu #forestryindustry #Curanilahue

Biofuelwatch and GJEP visited Chile and Wallmapu (Mapuche territory) with the support of the digital media platform Resumen during the month of April 2024. 

We had the opportunity to learn from and share experiences with residents of the San Ramón sector (Quillón Commune, Ñuble Region), which were severely affected by the large forest fires of 2023 in Chile. During our visit the neighbors told us about the responsibility of the large forestry companies in the enormous fires, due to the lack of firebreaks, the poor management of forest slash from clearcut logging, and the extension of the monoculture plantations within a few meters of their homes. The community of San Ramón is seeking to sue the company Bosques Arauco, which they say is the main responsible party. Currently, this company maintains extensive monoculture plantations and a pulp mill called Nueva Aldea in the area where the communities continue to make their homes and livelihoods.

#sanramon #nuevaaldea #forestryindustry

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Como GJEP visitamos Chile y Wallmapu (territorio mapuche) durante el mes de abril de 2024. Tuvimos la posibilidad de compartir con vecinos del sector de San Ramón (Comuna de Quillón, Región del Ñuble), los cuales fueron severamente afectados por los grandes incendios forestales de 2023 en Chile. En dicha ocasión los vecinos y vecinas nos comentaron sobre la responsabilidad de las grandes empresas forestales en los enormes incendios, por la falta de corta-fuegos, el mal manejo de la biomasa forestal y las plantaciones a pocos metros de sus casas. La comunidad de San Ramón está buscando demandar a la empresa Bosques Arauco, la cual sindican como la principal responsable. Actualmente, esta empresa mantiene gran cantidad de biomasa combustible, extensas plantaciones de monocultivo y una planta de celulosa llamada Nueva Aldea en la zona que habitan las comunidades.

#sanramon #nuevaaldea #forestryindustry

Biofuelwatch and GJEP visited Chile and Wallmapu (Mapuche territory) with the support of the digital media platform Resumen during the month of April 2024. 

On this visit we participated in a discussion at the University of Concepción that addressed the complex panorama that the country and the world is experiencing around the impacts of the exotic tree species monoculture plantation model. National and international presentations were made in an activity called: Global perspective and community strategies against forest extractivism in south-central Chile. In the event, GJEP and Biofuelwatch made a presentation and forged alliances with organizations in the Biobio region such as the Network to Overcome the Forestry Model – la Red de Superación del Modelo Forestal.

#Wallmapu #forestryindustry #UDEC

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Como GJEP visitamos Chile y Wallmapu (territorio mapuche) durante el mes de abril de 2024. En esta visita participamos en un conversatorio en la Universidad de Concepción que abordó el complejo panorama que vive el país y el mundo en torno a los impactos del monocultivo forestal. Se realizaron presentaciones nacionales e internacionales en una actividad llamada: Perspectiva global y estrategias comunitarias frente al extractivismo forestal en el centro sur de Chile. En la actividad, GJEP y Biofuelwatch realizaron una presentación y tejieron alianzas con organizaciones de la región del Biobio como la Red de Superación del modelo forestal.

#Wallmapu #forestryindustry #UDEC

Biofuelwatch and GJEP visited Chile and Wallmapu (Mapuche territory) with the support of the digital media platform Resumen during the month of April 2024.  

On this visit we learned about the experiences of Mapuche communities in the area of Tirúa, one of the epicenters of the Mapuche resistance struggles in Wallmapu. We were able to observe how communities are fighting against forestry companies and the plantation model by carrying out actions for the recovery of territory. As a part of these actions many community members have taken out pine and eucalyptus plantations, while planting varieties of super foods such as quinoa or amaranth.

#Wallmapu #Quinoa #forestryindustry

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Como GJEP visitamos Chile y Wallmapu (territorio mapuche) durante el mes de abril de 2024. En esta visita conocimos experiencias de comunidades mapuche de la comuna de Tirúa, uno de los epicentros de las luchas mapuche en el Wallmapu. Pudimos observar como las comunidades están luchando contra las empresas forestales realizando recuperaciones territoriales. Para esto han sacado las plantaciones de pino y eucalipto, mientras plantan variedades de super alimentos como la quinoa o el amaranto.

#Wallmapu #Quinoa #industriaforestal

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