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Mount Tamalpais Declaration on Climate and Forests

CorpWatch
May 1st, 2000

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SAN FRANCISCO -- We, the undersigned non-governmental organizations, wish to express extreme concern about the role envisaged for tree plantations in helping industrialized countries meet their commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under the Kyoto Protocol of the Framework Convention on Climate Change. The Sixth Conference of the Parties, in November 2000 in the Hague, will likely determine the content of the so-called Clean Development Mechanism, which could allow many Northern countries to meet their emissions reductions targets by implementing projects in the South.

Trading carbon sequestered in tree plantations for carbon resulting from burning of fossil fuels cannot justify postponing deep reductions in CO2 emissions in industrialized countries. First, the trade would perpetuate and exacerbate existing inequalities between rich and poor nations and between rich and poor within particular nations. Second, the trade would increase the area of industrial tree plantations, which are already posing severe social and ecological problems worldwide. Third, the claim of quantifiable "climate neutrality" on which this trade rests has a highly questionable scientific basis and sanctions external political interference in the policymaking of the countries of the South.

For a century and a half industrial societies have been moving carbon from underground reserves of coal and oil into the air. Today about 175 billion more tons of carbon are circulating in the atmosphere in the form of CO2 than before the industrial revolution, the great bulk having come from the North. At least six billion tons are being added every year. Just over 122 corporations account for 80 per cent of all carbon dioxide emissions.

The transfer of carbon from fossil fuels to the atmosphere cannot go on indefinitely. Some 4,000 billion tonnes of carbon in fossil fuels are still under the earth's surface -- more than ten times the amount of carbon stored in forests. According to current scientific consensus, adding as little as few hundred billion tons of this to the air would result in climate change unprecedented in human history, bringing extreme storms, droughts and floods, disrupting agriculture, increasing pest infestations, drowning islands and coastlines and creating millions of "climate refugees."

Climate change will affect the poor most severely. When Hurricane Mitch ravaged Central America it generated hundreds of thousands of environmental refugees. Many small island states may eventually disappear under the sea. In the US it is the poor who are most affected by pollution from oil companies, power utilities and automobiles. Climate change will also severely affect the forests and agriculture that are the sole means for livelihood for millions of people.

The 1997 Kyoto Protocol of the Framework Convention on Climate Change, under which industrialized countries pledge to reduce emissions by 2010 by an average of 5.2 per cent below 1990 levels, does not go remotely far enough to stave off these dangers. Even if the Protocol were ratified and fully implemented, it is estimated, it would not be able to moderate an expected warming trend of 1.4o C. by 2050 by more than around 0.05o C.

Yet instead of strengthening the Protocol in ways that would reduce the use of fossil fuels, some governments are advocating the creation of plantations-based carbon sinks and stores in order to justify lesser reductions in fossil fuel use. Under the Clean Development Mechanism, such projects could be created in the South to "compensate" for industrial emissions in the North.

We are in no doubt about the role of forest conservation in maintaining a livable climate. We are strongly in favor of maintaining and restoring diverse forest ecosystems under local control. We also support the equitable distribution of wealth and common property North and South. But measures to maintain carbon reservoirs both below and above ground must be carefully distinguished from the carbon-trading plantation schemes now being mooted under the Kyoto Protocol. These are based on false premises and are likely to be counterproductive. We oppose the inclusion of plantations as "sinks" in the Clean Development Mechanism for four main reasons:

  • Using "sinks" to help Northern countries meet their Kyoto Protocol emissions reductions targets cannot promote a livable climate since those targets are themselves insufficient to do so.

  • Trading emissions for tree carbon would intensify regressive redistribution of world resources.

Licensing the burning of fossil fuels by financing tree plantations to "absorb" carbon dioxide would expand the ecological and social footprint of the rich, making existing social inequalities worse. Citizens of a Northern country which use (say) 20 times more per capita of the atmosphere for CO2 dumping than citizens of a Southern country would be entitled, under the rationale of carbon trading, to use 20 times more tree plantation land in order to compensate. This land would be taken disproportionately from poorer people in the South, where real estate is cheaper and tree growth rates faster. In addition, a carbon-trading system would put Southern countries at a disadvantage when they begin making emissions cuts, since the easiest cuts would have already been purchased and credited to Northern countries. It has often been pointed out that the North owes the South an immense "carbon debt" for its historical overuse of global carbon-cycling mechanisms. Far from abiding by the "polluter pays" principle, using trees to "compensate" for emissions would only increase this resource debt.

Such schemes would also sanction and deepen inequalities within both Southern and Northern countries. For example, corporations that buy carbon-dioxide emission rights in the North by sponsoring carbon "offset" plantations in the South would be allowed to go on releasing, along with CO2, many other pollutants that pose local health risks. Corporations site a disproportionate number of such factories in poor communities of color.

  • Large-scale industrial tree plantations are a threat to communities and ecosystems the world over.

Millions of hectares of new plantation land would have to be taken over in any attempt to counteract even a small fraction of industrial emissions. Experience with large-scale tree plantations indicates that such "offset" projects would usurp needed agricultural lands, replace valuable native ecosystems, worsen inequity in land ownership, increase poverty, lead to evictions of local peoples, and undermine local stewardship practices needed for forest conservation. In Chile, Indonesia, the Nordic countries and elsewhere, tree plantations have destroyed natural forests, while in South Africa, Argentina and Uruguay they have replaced other valuable ecosystems such as grasslands. In countries such as Brazil, Thailand and Chile tree plantations are at the root of serious land conflicts among local communities, landowners, corporations and the state. Nearly everywhere they have led to loss of water resources and biodiversity. Inherent in industrial plantation forestry models and exhaustively documented by the World Rainforest Movement and others over many years, these deleterious effects of plantations would only be accentuated if genetically modified trees were employed.

  • Using tree plantation projects to "compensate" for the climatic effects of carbon-dioxide emissions is scientifically incoherent and sanctions external political interference in the social policies of host countries.

A market in "carbon offsets" presupposes a notion of "climate neutrality" or "climate equivalence". In order for a plantation "offset" project to be tradable for a given amount of industrial emissions, a single determinate number would need to be calculated to represent the amount of carbon sequestered or stored as a result of the project over and above what would have been sequestered or stored in its absence.

Deriving such a number involves quantifying two types of project effect. Both would influence the net amount of carbon sequestered or stored.

One type of effect is physical. Unlike underground oil or coal, carbon stored in live or dead trees can quickly reenter the atmosphere at any time. Fires, whether human-set or not, are unavoidable features of both forests and plantations, and rates of decay difficult to anticipate. As CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere rise, moreover, heightened rates of respiration could turn forests and plantations alike into net sources of CO2 emissions, while diebacks and fires due to localized climate change are bound to increase. In addition, plantations typically reduce the capacity of soils to store carbon, both inside and (through increased erosion) outside project areas. Vulnerable, dynamic and unpredictable, plantations, unlike underground reserves of oil and coal, are insecure storage places for carbon. These considerations alone indicate that no equivalence between industrial emissions and trees can be established of the type which would be necessary for the establishment of a "carbon offset" plantation market.

The second type of effect is social, and would exert an equally important influence on the amount of carbon sequestered or stored. Carbon "offset" projects could, among other things:

  • Displace communities in the immediate neighborhood, which could lead to the project's destruction or cancellation or forest clearance and CO2 releases elsewhere.

  • Undermine existing technologies or social networks preventing climatically-destabilizing forms of industrial land clearance and loss of local knowledge of sustainable agricultural or forest-conservation practices.

  • Reduce investor interest in energy conservation or renewables.

  • Displace timber operations to other locations and influence wood and land prices and thus incentives for logging.

  • Change consumer demand, landfill legislation and other social factors influencing how quickly plantation products, including paper and furniture, were converted to carbon dioxide.

  • Siphon funding away from existing forms of carbon protection.

  • Provide incentives to degrade forests or other lands outside project boundaries in order to attract new money for carbon projects.

Such social effects are impossible to quantify. It is not even possible, in fact, to determine a single social outcome for any given project, which would be a prerequisite for both quantification and a "carbon trade". First, predicting the extent of the social effects of a plantation project would be impossible. These effects, moreover, are not a matter for prediction, but for democratic decision. Many different "atmospheric outcomes" of a single project are possible, depending on what policies are adopted. For example, people evicted by a plantation "offset" project are likely to behave in different ways toward forests in their region depending on their land rights, which in turn depends on national policy. To assign a single number to their behavior would be to prejudge which policy will be in effect. It could even be said implicitly to support that policy. Second, continuous monitoring of the extent of all social effects of a plantation project would be impracticable and vastly uneconomical (involving, among other things, close attention to the actions of thousands of rural people in the vicinity of the project as well as to the psychology of investors in renewables in distant cities). Third, controlling the behavior of all people affected by an "offset" project in such a way that the effect of their actions on atmospheric carbon became precisely calculable over the many decades during which a project's carbon would have to be sequestered would also be impossible. The attempt to do so, moreover, would be politically unacceptable.

By the same token, it is impossible to compare quantitatively the atmospheric effects of a plantation with "what would have happened without it". What would have happened without any particular project depends on many variables, some of them influenced by policy choices and political action which economists, biologists, foresters or climate scientists are not entitled to prejudge. Yet without such prejudgments, a carbon "commodity" is impossible.

In sum, the climatic effects of a plantation "offset" project cannot be calculated simply by (say) comparing the amount of carbon stored in local vegetation and soils before and after the project and by monitoring changes in vegetation outside the project site. Deeper issues are involved that cannot be resolved through "learning by doing."

We, the undersigned NGOs, strongly support national and international efforts to address climate change, especially through energy conservation, consumption reduction, more equitable resource use, and equitable development and sharing of renewable sources of energy. We hold that a widespread trade in tree plantation "offsets", through the Clean Development Mechanism and other means, would block or undercut these necessary and urgent measures, which constitute a rare opportunity to move on from dominant and failed patterns of development. We urge governments not to include plantations as carbon sinks in the Clean Development Mechanism and to address industrial emissions separately from tree plantations. A livable climate can be assured only by a commitment to tackling the root causes of global warming.

- Ricardo Carrere, WRM, Uruguay
- Marcus Colchester, Forest Peoples Programme, UK
- William Appiah, TWN Ghana
- Witoon Permpongsacharoen, TERRA, Thailand
- Yoichi Kuroda, JATAN, Japan
- Randy Hayes, Rainforest Action Network, USA
- Larry Lohmann, Corner House, UK
- Patrick Anderson, Rainforest Information Centre, Australia
- Saskia Ozinga/Jutta Kill, Fern, UK
- Sofia Ryder/Chantal Marijnissen, Fern, Brussels
- Eric Bosire, Forest Action Network, Kenya
- Keith Cooper, WESSA / Timberwatch, South Africa
- Conselho Indigenista Missionário, Brazil
- Takahiro Kohama, Japan Tropical Forest Action Network, Japan
- Kingkorn Narintarakul, Northern Development Foundation, Thailand
- Bill Barclay, Greenpeace, USA
- Lafcadio Cortesi, Greenpeace Pacific, USA
- Joshua Karliner/Amit Srivastava, TRAC--Transnational Resource & Action Center, USA.
- Ned Daly, Consumer's Choice Council, EE.UU

Additional individual / organizational signatories:

- María Selva Ortiz, Redes / Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay
- Ajoy Kumar Kar, University of New England, Australia
- Hildebrando Velez, Censat Agua Viva / FoE Colombia
- Chowdhury M.F., IEDS / FoE, Bangladesh
- Hernan Verscheure, CODEFF / FoE, Chile
- Corazon Valdez Fabros, Nuclear Free, Philippines
- Jaromir Blaha, FoE, Czech Republic
- Benoit Ndameu, CED/ FoE, Cameroon
- Mensah Todziro, FoE, Togo
- Harri Lammi, FoE, Finland
- Yuri Onodera, FoE, Japan
- Simone Lovera, Sobrevivencia / FoE, Paraguay
- Fabby Tumiwa, CAN, Indonesia
- Leoni van der Maeser, Native Forest Network, Australia
- Sandra Moniaga, ELSAM, Indonesia
- Willem Smuts, Minerals and Energy Policy Centre, South Africa
- Laurie Parise, Rainforest Foundation, US
- Ana Maria Baptista, SCISC (Sociedade Civil Irmós da Santa Cruz), Brazil
- Allene R. Wahl, PhD, CNC, Chemically Induced Immune Disorders, USA
- Dr. Traudi Troll-Vyplel, ECOTERRA-Austria, ECOTERRA Intl.
- Hassan Musse Idiris, ECOTERRA-Somalia, ECOTERRA Intl.
- Pascal Anziani, ECOTERRA-France, ECOTERRA Intl.
- Dr. Andres Swarazak, South-America-Node, ECOTERRA Intl.
- Mary Redwood, North-America-Node, ECOTERRA Intl.
- Dr. Arnold Steinhauer, Europe-Node, ECOTERRA Intl.
- Ursula Schloer-Aznar, SE-Asia-Node, ECOTERRA Intl.
- Prof. Julian Bauer, Africa Node, ECOTERRA Intl.
- Jill Hamilton, Green Party, SouthAfrica
- Elita Esmeria de Oliveira, SCISC (Sociedade Civil Irmós da Santa Cruz), Brazil
- Jean Arnold, Executive Director, FALLS BROOK CENTRE, New Brunswick, Canada
- Colin Nicholas, Coordinator. Center for Orang Asli Concerns, Malaysia
- Clarita Müller-Plantenberg, University of Kassel, Germany
- Joseph Domask, Ph.D., Research Program Officer, Global Forest Program, WWF, US
- Magda Lanuza, Centro Humboldt, Nicaragua
- Rev. Douglas B. Hunt, Ph.D., Washington and United Nations Representative, Network for Environmental Economic Responsibility/UCC, US
- Joe Franke, MS, First Nations Health Project, Inc.
- Sandy Gauntlett, Associate Researcher, International Research Institute for Maori and Indigenous Education, Auckland University, New Zealand
- Philip Owen, SAWaC, South Africa
- John McAllister (concerned individual and Grassland Conservationist), South Africa
- Richard B. Wilcox, Instructor in Environmental Studies, Tsuda College, Tokyo, Japan
- Patrick McCully, International Rivers Network, USA
- Rettet den Regenwald e.V, Germany
- Gabriel Rivas-Ducca, COECOCEIBA-Amigos de la Tierra, Costa Rica
- Wong meng chuo, IDEAL (Integrated Development For Ecofriendly and Appropriate Lifestyle), Malaysia
- Green Earth Organization (GEO), Ghana
- Jeremy Acton, New Eden Foundation, South Africa
- Tom Roche, Director, Just Forests, Ireland
- Lorena Gamboa, Rainforest Rescue, Ecuador
- Isabela Figueroa, Abogada, Ecuador
- Carlos Cyrus Correa, Argentina
- Andrei Laletin, Friends of the Siberian Forests", Russian Federation
- Chris Lang, Germany
- Carolyn Marr, Down to Earth, International Campaign for Ecological Justice in Indonesia, England
- Jorge Varela, Comite para la Defensa y Desarrollo de la Flora y Fauna del Golfo de Fonseca, CODDEFFAGOLF, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
- Mary Maguire, Magick River, Malaysia
- Diego Martino, MA/PhD Candidate, Carleton University, Canada.
- Clare Passingham, Oxford ChacoLinks, UK
- Raquel L. Bayley, Presidenta del INDES (Instituto de Desarrollo Social y Promoción Humana), Argentina
- Richard Sherman, Earthlife Africa Johannesburg
- Anne Hutchings, University of Zululand, South Africa
- Mucio Tosta Gonçalves, Brazil
- Lucio Cuenca Berger, Coordinador NacionalObservatorio Latinoamericano de Conflictos Ambientales, Chile
- Jeanne Trombly, Fiber Futures, San Francisco, US
- Nancy Hurwitz, ReThink Paper, San Francisco, US
- Bernice A.See, Asian Indigenous Women's Network, Philippines
- Nicolas Binfa Alvarado, Red Nacional de Accion Ecologica, Chile
- Paula Palmer, Executive Director, Global Response, USA
- Patricio Yañez R., MACH (Movimiento Agroecológico Chileno), Chile
- Anna Ponte, AVVA Frontera Gran Sabana, Venezuela
- Claudia Piccini Ferrín, Guayubira, Uruguay
- Carol yong, Concerned individual, Malaysia
- Nnimmo Bassey, ERA / FoE , Nigeria
- Alberta Wilderness Association, Canada
- Friends of the Oldman River, Canada
- Harrie Oppenoorth, Novib, Holland
- Bruce Allen, US Greens Abroad, Japan
- Sam Gunsch, Executive Director, Edmonton Chapter-Canadian Parks And Wilderness Society, Alberta, Canada
- Mary Byrd Davis, Yggdrasil Institute (a project of Earth Island Institute, USA
- Grant Rosoman, Greenpeace Pacific, New Zealand
- Jane D'Cruz, Malaysia
- Mercedes Schoenenman, Fundación Arasý, Argentina
- Marcelo Calazans, FASE-ES, Brazil
- Prof. José Moya, Coordinador de Relaciones Institucionales de "FORJA", Venezuela
- Mr. Norbert Suchanek, Journalist & Writer, Germany
- Grace Akumu, Executive Director, Climate Network, Africa
- Jean Hudon, Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator, Quebec, Canada
- International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA), Denmark
- Manuel Ludueña, Fundación Ecológica Buenos Aires Alerta, Foro Ambiental Ciudadano, Argentina
- Environment Trust Foundation, Chen, Juei-Ping, Taiwan
- Flavia Liberona, RENACE, Red Nacional de Acción Ecológica, Chile
- Javier Baltodano, COECOCEIBA / FoE, Costa Rica
- Ilse Steyl, Dept of Water Affairs & Forestry, South Africa
- Francis Darvall, Five Assegais Nature conservansy, South Africa
- Homero Penagos, RAPAL Panama
- Ole Fjord Larsen, Secretary, The United Peoples, Denmark
- Maria Sol Vallejo, Fundación Rainforest Rescue, Ecuador
- Maria Cristina Criollo, Fundación Rainforest Rescue, Ecuador
- Marcelo Loureiro, Sección Vertebrados, Facultad de Ciencias, Uruguay
- Rick Steiner, Professor, University of Alaska, USA
- The Green Party of South Africa
- Hsun-Yi Hsieh, Environmental Trust Foundation, Taiwan
- Alejandro Núñez, Fundación para el Desarrollo de la Ecología y la Vida (FUNDEVIDA), Dominican Republic
- Todd Orsell, USA
- Aajonus Vonderplanitz, Optimal Ways of Living, Charitable Trust, USA
- James Hopson, USA
- Felipe Sotomayor, EARTH, Costa Rica
- Kees Konings, The Netherlands
- Jackie Puccetti, USA
- Cyndi Seidler, USA
- Cesca Lawrence, Global Awareness Network, USA
- Dag Fredriksson, FoE Sweden / Miljöförbundet Jordens Vänners kansli, Sweden
- Myron Scheinhaus, USA
- Wes Peterson, Earth, USA
- Susana Garay, MPYMA, Argentina
- Pablo Bergel, Iniciativa ArcoIris de Ecologia y Sociedad, Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Ronnie Siakor, Save My Future (SAMFU) Foundation, Liberia
- Wolf Avni, Giants Cup Wilderness Reserve, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa
- Geodisio Castillo, AEK/PEMASKY, Panama
- Michael Finley, Chair, Saskatoon Nature Society, Saskatton, Canada
- Susanne Schulz, Asociación LIHUE, Rio Negro / Patagonia, Argentina
- Liane Greeff, Environmental Monitoring Group, South Africa
- Richard Worthington, Earth Life, South Africa
- Angie Zelter, Reforest the Earth, UK
- Leo vd Vlist, Centre for Indigenous Peoples, The Netherlands
- Ged Crawford, Crawfies Trout, South Africa
- Daniel Sánchez, Amigos De La Tierra, Spain
- Ian Baird, GAPE, Vientiane, Lao PDR
- Mandy Haggith and Bill Ritchie, Worldforests, Scotland
- Francesco Martone, Coordinator of Reform the World Bank Campaign, Italy
- Alberta Dettori, Rome, Italy
- Luca Greco, Rome, Italy
- Fabrizia Pratesi, Rome, Italy
- Brian Clavier, Prince Albert Earth Advocates, Prince Albert, Canada
- Alexandra Birch, Madrid, Spain
- Juan Carlos Villalonga, Greenpeace Argentina
- Oilwatch, Ecuador
- Accion Eclogica, Ecuador
- Atossa Soltani, Amazon Watch, California, USA
- Udana Power, Mystic Garden Entertainment, USA
- Sandhyarani Naik, Ghumusar Mahila Sangathan, India
- Evelin Ananya, Ghumusar Mahila Sangathan, India
- Hemant Naik, Indian Institute of Social Work, India
- Alan Maher, UK
- Rein Ahas, Estonian Green Movement (EGM), Estonia
- Taavi Pae, EGM, Estonia
- Anto Aasa, Tartu Student Nature Protection Circle, Estonia
- Heffa Schuecking, Urgewald, Germany
- James Arvanitakis, Camapign Director - AID/WATCH, Australia
- Chérie Hoyle, Urban Ecology Australia Inc, Australia
- Paul F Downton, EcopolisP/L, Australia
- Juan D. Castillo, Tokyo, Japan
- Rüdiger Jehn, AK Regenwald Aschaffenburg, Germany
- Carlos A. Vicente, Acción por la Biodiversidad
- Chris Riedy, Organization: Institute for Sustainable Futures, Australia
- Nita Alvarez, The Alvarez Group, USA
- Chen, Juei-Ping, Environment Trust Foundation, Taiwan
- Barbara Sbrocca, Italy
- Claude Sarrazin, France
- Robert Puca
- Tim Cadman, Native Forest Network Southern Hemisphere, Australia
- Bernardo Limikid, Chairperson Lumad Mindanao Peoples Federation, Philippines
- Steve Sugarman, Social & Environmental Entrepreneurs, USA
- Orin Langelle, Coordinator ACERCA, Action for Community & Ecology in the Regions of Central America, USA
- 18 signatures from The US Greens Abroad, Japan:
Prudence Foster, Juan D. Castillo, Jonathan Scott Walsh, Morgan Gibson, Jens Wilkinson, Clyde Davenport, Serena Sato, Pat Ormsby, Loren Bundt, John Casey, Peter Totten, Joe LaPenta, David Loy, John McLaughlin, Kathy Riley, Bruce Allen, Richard Wilcox, Richard Evanoff
- Janice Evans, United States
- Michael Lynch, Director, Tasmanian Conservation Trust, Australia
- Rowena Skinner, The Environment Centre of WA, Australia
- Alec Marr, National Campaign Director, The Wilderness Society, Australia
- Alejandro Argumedo, Asociacion ANDES/Indigenous Peoples' Biodiversity Network, Peru
- Yuriko Hayami, Japan Tropical Forest Action Network (JATAN), Japan
- Ms Greetje Lubbi, director Novib, The Netherlands
- Luc Bouthillier, Associate prof. Forest Policy, Université Laval, Québec, Canada
- James J. Richards, Santa Barbara Art Studios, USA
- Sharon Mullane, Citizen of the Earth, USA
- María Mónica de Rivas, Web Eco-argentina, Argentina
- David MacKinnon, Trees for life, Australia
- Caroling Geary, Wholeo, USA
- Michael Buss, State Government, USA
- Growing Earth's Apprentices, Serbia
- Hilde Stroot, Friends of the Earth, Netherlands
- Gerardo Honty, CEUTA, Uruguay
- Malú Sierra, Coordinadora Nacional, Defensores del Bosque Chileno, Chile
- Toni De Marco, Global Dialog, USA
- John Friede, Director, Worldview, Ltd., USA
- Carina Romero, Sausalito, Ca. USA
- Robert E. Rutkowski, Usa
- Tim Keating, Rainforest Relief, Director, Brooklyn, NY, USA
- Marilyn Cohen, Institute for Internal Healing, USA
- Mike Read, Mike Read Associates, Australia
- Sem kiong Angin, Indigenous Peoples Development Centre(IPDC), Sarawak, Malaysia
- Haki KOLA, Director of the project, Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Albania
- Mandy & Ken, Knights Mountain Workshop, Ireland
- Proceso Organizativo del Pueblo Rom (Gitano) PROROM, Colombia
- Nancy Fresco, Northern Alaska Environmental Center, Alaska
- Carla Cassata
- Raquel Barquero, Spain
- Cristian de Haro, Vicepresidente, Fundación Cethus, Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Thomas Wallgren, Coalition for Environment and Development, Finland
- Pablo Kaplún, Coordinador General, Asociación Civil "Geografía Viva", Caracas, Venezuela
- Carlos Albacete, Piedad Espinosa, Trópico Verde, Guatemala
- Susana Cruickshank, DECA Equipo Pueblo, A.C, Mexico
- Noah Madlin, Rainforest Action Group For Indigenous People, USA
- Sonia Torres Arguedas, Frente Nacional de Oposición a la Minería de Oro, Costa Rica
- Sergio Ziga Aguilar, Fundación Bosques Nuevos para la Vida, Costa Rica
- Rafael Espinoza Montero, Asociación Pro Ecología, Rescate y Desarrollo Cultural Oromontano, Costa Rica
- Mary Ann Jasper, USA
- Yoshiki Seki, Waseda University, Institute of Asia Pacific Studies, Japan
- Mihoko Shimamoto, Faculty of Social Sciences, Hosei University, Japan
- Pacific Environment and Resources Center
- Greg Muttitt, Corporate Watch, UK
- Seiji Hashimoto, Tropical Forest Kyoto, Japan
- Toyoyuki Kawakami, APEC Monitor NGO Network (AM-Net), Japan
- Prof. A.E. van Wyk, Department of Botany, University of Pretoria, South Africa
- Megumi Minami, People's Forum 2001, Japan
- Tomoko Sakuma , People's Forum 2001, Japan
- Zilia Castrillón Márquez, Cali, Colombia
- Dra.Julia Cócaro, ONGs V.I.D.A. y Mo.Vi.T.De.S., Fray Bentos - Uruguay
- Ramón Martín Medina, ONG Mo.Vi.T.De.S. - Movimiento Vida Trabajo Desarrollo Sustentablel, Fray Bentos - Uruguay
- René Capriles - Revista Eco 2, ECO 21, Brazil
- Kohji Yonezawa, "Save the world forest" website manager, Japan
- Miguel Angel Soto Caba, Campaña de Bosques - Greenpeace, Spain
- Louis Cangemi, Bodywork by Louis, USA
- Eiji Hirai, Japan Tropical Forest Action Network Nagoya, Japan