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South Africa: Baboons are killed to preserve monoculture timber plantations.

 

En las plantaciones de pino y eucalipto de Sudáfrica unos 2,000 monos babuinos han sido asesinados en los últimos dos años, en lo que va del 2011 ya va unos 400 babuinos liquidados … a pesar de ello LAS CORPORACIONES MADERERAS reciben sus certificados ecológicos …KOMATILAND CO. y YORK TIMBER CO. RECIBEN COMO SI NADA SUS CERTIFICACIONES FOREST STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL … SUS DIPLOMAS VERDES … QUE CERTIFICAN QUE LAS CORPORACIONES … SON ADMINISTRADAS  ECOLOGICAMENTE … Y … SON SOCIALMENTE Y AMBIENTALMENTE RESPONSABLES Y SOSTENIBLES … INCREÍBLE!!!

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La dieta de los babuinos consta de frutos, hojas, hierbas, semillas, raíces, insectos y pequeños vertebrados. No encuentran este nutrición equilibrada en los monocultivos, por lo que recurren a masticar las cortezas de pinos y eucaliptos de las corporaciones que se han adueñado de su hábitat,  para aprovechar la resina que contiene trazas de los oligoelementos y minerales que les son indispensables para vivir.

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www.geasphere.co.za/articles/fsc_baboons.htm

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Matan a monos babuinos en Sudáfrica por monocultivos forestales maderables

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En las plantaciones de pino y eucalipto de Sudáfrica unos 2,000 monos babuinos han sido asesinados en los últimos dos años, en lo que va del 2011 ya va unos 400 babuinos liquidados. Este año doscientas noventa y cinco babuinos fueron muertos a consecuencia de las actividades de monocultivo desarrollado por las empresas madereras Komatiland y York Timber que han dejado sin alimento a centenares de especies que habitan en esta zona.

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Los babuinos hambrientos por la profunda alteración de su hábitat debida a la megaindustria forestal de monocultivo transgénico, al no encontrar con qué alimentarse dañan el tallo de los árboles industriales y son controlados a balazos.

Guadalupe Rodríguez de la ONG “Salva la Selva” denuncia lo absurdo de que las plantaciones responsables esten certificadas por “el FSC bajo un sello de madera social y ambientalmente amigable”•

La corporación maderera Komatiland cuenta con una certificación de monocultivos de alrededor de 187,000 hectáreas y la corporación maderera York Timbers tiene 94,000 hectáreas calificada como “de manejo responsable” en la provincia Mpumalanga…TODO UN ESCÁNDALO …CERTIFICACIONES VERDES “FOREST STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL” … SANGRIENTAS!!!

 Los babuinos estan catalogados en el LIBRO ROJO CITES de especies amenazadas (the Convention for International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES, Appendix II)) lo que hace el delito especialmente grave … tanto del lado de los asesinos como del lado de quienes extienden DIPLOMAS SANGRIENTOS ……CERTIFICACIONES  ”FOREST STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL” … SANGRIENTAS!!!

La población local y los defensores del medio ambiente, como la organización sudafricana GEASPHERE, protestaron en contra de la siembra de los monocultivos sin obtener respuesta alguna. Salva la Selva desarrolla una campaña y convoca a los interesados en sumarse a esta protesta en defensa de los babuinos. Para este efecto, deben ingresar en la dirección web: http://www.salvalaselva.org/mailalert/704/sudafrica-mueren-monos-babuinos-en-plantaciones-con-sello-verde-fsc , suscribir el modelo de carta y enviarlo automáticamente.

Tambien pueden escribir a FSC y al embajador sudafricano en Madrid (completando y enviando el formulario abajo) y también pueden enviar por correo electrónico el texto de la carta a la embajada de Sudáfrica más cercana a su lugar de residencia.

Guadalupe Rodríguez indica que “el trabajo intenso y constante ha dado muy buenos frutos en las últimas semanas con el apoyo de Salva la Selva: http://www.salvalaselva.org/erfolge”.

El lado oscuro del verde 7 May 2011 El más de noventa por ciento del Guarani-Kaiowá ahora depende de cestas de la …. Perú: Kichwas rechazan audiencia de Petroperu · Sudáfrica: Matan a babuinos para conservar monocultivos de plantaciones para madera
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Sudáfrica: Matan a babuinos para conservar monocultivos de plantaciones para madera

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Mass baboon killings on South African “ecological” timber plantations

04 May 2011
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By Diet Simon and Klaus Schenck

On South African industrial pine and eucalyptus plantations 400 baboons have been killed so far this year, almost 2,000 in the past two years, although the worldwide Forest Stewardship Council has certified the plantations as ecologically managed and socially responsible.

FSC describes itself as an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests.

A formal complaint has been made to the FSC demanding that it withdraw its approval of the plantations in question, so far to no avail.

Despite being listed as a “threatened” species under the Convention for International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES, Appendix II), baboons are offered no protection under the law in South Africa.

The natural baboon diet comprises fruits, leaves, grasses, seeds, roots, insects and small vertebrate animals. They don’t find this balanced nutrition in the monocultures, so they bite off the pine bark to lick the resin for trace elements.

Hundreds are shot dead by the timber companies, predominantly Komatiland und York Timber. Licenses have been issued to kill a further 1,040.

The companies claim that the bark biting damages the trees. Scientific studies in South Africa and neighbouring Zimbabwe prove that the baboon killing is cruel and ineffective.

The baboons are not the problem, the industrial monocultures are. In South Africa the FSC-certified plantations already comprise 1.3 million hectares. Original ecosystems were destroyed for pines and eucalypts.

The animals lost their habitats and people also had to give up their land for endless rows of industrial trees.

These do not fulfil the important ecological and social functions of forests. Not just biodiversity dies, soils also degrade. Pines and eucalypts destroy the humus layer. That destroys the water balance and climate change is heated by the exuded carbon dioxide. These tree varieties are extremely fire-prone and frequently huge swathes of plantations burn, often killing dozens of people.

Local people and environment activists, including the South African organisation GeaSphere, have protested against the industrial plantations for many years.

Despite this, the international office of the FSC, based in Bonn, Germany, has certified the monocultures as “responsibly managed”, including 187,000 hectares owned by Komatiland and 94,000 hectares owned by York Timbers. A large proportion is located in Mpumalanga province.

By certifying the industrial plantations and tolerating the killing of baboons the green FSC label deceives customers. A large proportion of the FSC-labelled wood goes into the timber, paper and cellulose industries and is exported.

Activists have researched that the FSC certification is often fraudulently used in timber harvesting, for example in tropical rainforests and old growth forests in Scandinavia.

You might like to write your protest to

• the FSC International Center, Executive Director, Mr Andre de Freitas, Charles de Gaulle Str. 5, D-53113 Bonn, Germany, a.freitas@fsc.org,

the Australian section of the FSC,

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the South African High Commission in Canberra.

Or you could add your signature to ready-to-go letters here.

For examples of how the FSC label hides destruction of old growth forest in Australia click here.

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Related Links::

Population structure and habitat use of baboons (Papio hamadryas ursinus) in the Blyde Canyon Nature Reserve (Research by A.J. Marais, L.R. Brown, L.Barrett and S.P. Henzi, 2006):
www.koedoe.co.za/index.php/koedoe/article/viewFile/117/119

Resource utilisation of the Chacma Baboon in different vegetation types in North-Eastern Mountain Sour Veld, Blyde Canyon Nature Reserve (Research Dissertation by A.J. Marais, May 2005):
uir.unisa.ac.za/bitstream/10500/2532/1/dissertation.pdf

Interesting Links and Information about Baboons:
www.baboonsonline.org

 

  • The Paper Planet: GeaSphere Files Complaint on Baboon Killing in

     21 Feb 2011 GeaSphere is demanding an immediate moratorium on the killing of baboons by FSC certified companies and the de-certification of plantation
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  • Geasphere – Earth Matters | South Africa | Articles – Killing of

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    11 Jan 2011 GeaSphere is demanding an immediate moratorium on the
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    Formal complaint – Geasphere

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    baboon issue’ and that ‘baboons will have to be removed’. That is why we as
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     11 Feb 2011 after officially accepting GeaSphere’s formal complaint regarding the killing of baboons in FSC certified timber plantations in South Africa
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    Mass baboon killings on South African “ecological” timber

    4 May 2011 The natural baboon diet comprises fruits, leaves, grasses, seeds, by the timber companies, predominantly Komatiland und York Timber.
    indymedia.org.au/…/mass-baboon-killings-on-south-african-“ecological”-timber-plantations En caché

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