The Global Paper Vision contains the goal that stakeholders in the pulp and paper industry should commit to ‘Refuse fibre from genetically modified organisms.’ Yet the pulp and paper industry is actively involved in developing plantations of genetically modified (GM) or genetically engineered (GE) trees.

A new EPN discussion document has been produced in order to contribute to discussion among civil society on this issue and to help to ensure attention is paid to this important topic. The discussion document can be read here:

The discussion document concludes with some questions:

  • How can a global ban on GM trees best be promoted?
  • Where and what are the highest risks and how can they be reduced?
  • Which actors globally are behind the most problematic high-risk GM tree projects?
  • How can the coalition of stakeholders opposed to GM trees be strengthened?

We encourage debate, comments and discussion on these questions. Please contact us.

On 31 October 2017, we organised a webinar on this topic. If you would be interested to see the recording of this webinar, please contact Mandy Haggith (