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Harvard Investments May Harm Argentine Wetlands

Harvard University investments in timberland plantations in Argentina may be harming the local environment and undermining community development, according to a report by a student-led group.

Harvard owns two companies operating plantations in the Ibera wetlands in northwest Argentina that have abandoned wildlife corridors and wetland buffers, according to a 28-page report from the Responsible Investment at Harvard Coalition and the Oakland Institute. Most of the farms are certified by a forestry council that sets environmental standards, according to the report.