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(en) France, UCL AL #322 - Ecology, Deforestation: a national alliance for living forests (ca, de, it, fr, pt)[machine translation]

Date Wed, 5 Jan 2022 10:47:55 +0200


Faced with the well-established organization of multinational industries and the avoidance strategies of local public authorities, collectives fighting for the defense of forests are coming together for a more effective response. ---- At the end of 2019, a mega-plant project was initiated by the transnational group Florian in Lannemezan in the Hautes-Pyrénées. It aims to continue the industrialization of French forests and to produce 50,000 m³ of beech lumber by emptying the forests of its oldest trees. ---- A disaster for forests which are already under strong pressure from clear cuts and other industrial sawmills. If Florian manages to get his project accepted, 500,000 m 3 of wood will be pulled from the forests each year[1]. Such a volume of timber presupposes international trade and therefore additional road traffic. This project at the indecent cost of 11 million euros is financed up to 60% by the State and the region, to create only 25 precarious and dangerous jobs. But for the local industrial fabric and in particular the Fiber Excellence paper factory, located 30 km away and which has been seeking for years to reduce its wood supply radius, this mega-factory is timely.

Faced with the establishment of the sawmill, the Touche pas à ma forêt (TPMF) collective was created in 2020 and has since led regular mobilizations that bring together several hundred people. The collective, very dynamic last year in the Pyrenees, is made up of associations, elected officials (LFI, EELV and PCF) and trade unionists, mainly SNUPFEN[2], the majority union of the National Office of Forests.

Following the mobilizations of TPMF and the filing of appeals, the prefecture suspended the project to launch a consultation process. The prefect has asked to carry out individual audits with all the players involved in the subject, and will return his copy during December-January. But despite the militant investment, the region decided to slyly launch another 70 hectare sawmill-factory project in the Tarn at Mazamet!

Go beyond the logic of urgency
Faced with the proliferation of useless and imposed projects, the logic of emergency, if it can prevent construction sites locally, does not allow an effective fight for the defense of forests.

Faced with this observation, on August 2, 2021 the Call for living forests is launched. Today, it brings together 21 structures, in particular CGT Forêt, SNUPFEN and naturalist associations. If the strategy must be fine-tuned during the coming year, the coordination is already proposing to operate by season: in the fall of weekends of action in each local group, in winter an assembly of struggles to think long and hard. -term, and in the spring a nonviolent action on a single place. A hope for TPMF, who would like the spring action to take place in Lannemezan.

This national coordination seems to go beyond the previous union frameworks: it is a question of coordination between naturalists, associations and unions which is not only formal, as has been the case in the past. It's up to us to be present during the winter GA to defend our self-management positions !

Maple (UCL Toulouse)

For further:
"Forest industry: let us breathe in the Pyrenees" , Alternative libertaire , October 2020.

Abracadabois à la ZAD, a 50-minute program from Radio Zinzine, available on the Alternativesforestieres.org website

To validate

[1] Timber represents 9 to 12% of the mass of a beech.

[2] Unitary national union of forest and natural space personnel - Solidaires.

https://www.unioncommunistelibertaire.org/?Deboisement-une-alliance-nationale-pour-des-forets-vivantes
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