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President Evo Morales sets deadline for planting trees

April 22, 2011 - BOLIVIA

President Evo Morales announced a plan in Apr 2010 to plant 10 million trees by 22 Apr 2011, Earth Day. He did not say whether the campaign will embrace two other programs -- the Cochabamba Project and the Nestle Waters France project in Peru and Bolivia. Both are massive tree-planting campaigns aimed at reversing Amazon deforestation, but also raising timber for cutting. Peru set out in 2009 to plant 40 million trees.

The Nestle France project is also framed as a carbon offsetting measure. Morales' announcement followed his World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in Cochabamba, 19-22 Apr 2010. The alternative forum highlighted indigenous rights in relation to the climate crisis. Green investors were invited in 2009 to support poor South American farmers, while at the same time potentially earning a decent return, by putting their money into the Cochabamba Project Ltd. The pioneering community forestry enterprise was set up in the United Kingdom. Nestle Waters France wants to offset the equivalent of all the annual carbon emissions from its Vittel mineral water production in France and Belgium by funding the planting of 350,000 trees in an existing project in the Bolivian Amazon and a new one in the jungle of Peru with a view to renewing the same number of trees every year. ;

Green investors branch out into Bolivian forests (Guardian 3 Apr 2010)

Peru hails Western carbon offsetting programmes (BBC 28 Mar 2010)

On the frontline of climate change (Guardian 24 Apr 2010)

Wanted: World Referendum, Climate Justice Tribunal (IPS 23 Apr 2010)

Date written/update: 2011-04-22