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Harvard timber plantations, Argentina


Harvard University invests large sums of its $32.7 billion endowment in natural resources, including timber plantations, in the developing world. This includes Empresas Verdes Argentinas Sociedad Anonima (EVASA) and Las Misiones, two timber companies that are jointly worth $55.2 million and own 87,884 hectares with pine and eucalyptus plantations in the Iberá Wetlands of northern Argentina.

Basic Data
Name of conflict:Harvard timber plantations, Argentina
State or province:Corrientes
Location of conflict:Towns of San Miguel, Montaña, Santa Barbara, Chavarría,Tacuaritas, and Concepcion
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Biomass and Land Conflicts (Forests, Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock Management)
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Plantation conflicts (incl. Pulp
Specific commodities:Timber
Project Details and Actors
Project details

,880 ha of timber plantations (both pine and Eucaliptus)

Project area:80000
Level of Investment:55,2 million
Type of populationRural
Affected Population:: Thousands of people
Start of the conflict:2007
Company names or state enterprises:Harvard University
Relevant government actors:Provincial Government of Corrientes
International and Finance InstitutionsForest Stewardship Council (FSC)
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Guardianes del Iberá
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityLOW (some local organising)
Reaction stageUnknown
Forms of mobilization:Official complaint letters and petitions
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Food insecurity (crop damage), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment, Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures
Project StatusIn operation
Conflict outcome / response:Community members have raised a series of demands to Harvard's responsible investment section
Development of alternatives:Limit plantations to non-populated areas of little conservation value; Mitigate community damage and health hazards by paving the main road in Chavarría; Improve fire protection services; old public and twice-annual sustainability audit meetings, Ensure w
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Sources & Materials
References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries

Harvard in Iberá: Investigating Harvard University's Timber Plantations in the Iberá Wetlands of Argentina
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Contributor:Teresa Perez
Last update17/04/2018
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