Posts Tagged with "illegal-logging"

APRIL Misses the Mark with New Forest Management Policy

Friday, January 31, 2014

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APRIL Misses the Mark with New Forest Management Policy

On Tuesday, Indonesia’s second largest pulp and paper company, Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL), released an updated Sustainable Forest Management Policy. While this policy is notable, especially given APRIL’s recent suspension from the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD), it falls far short of what is needed for APRIL to clean up its [...]

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Major Win for Forests in Landmark Lacey Case

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

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Major Win for Forests in Landmark Lacey Case

Forest activists around the world are celebrating the successful resolution of the first criminal investigation brought against a company for violations of the amended Lacey Act. This week Gibson Guitar Company accepted responsibility for importing illegal wood from Madagascar into the United States, and for the first time there are real consequences. The Lacey Act [...]

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Congress: Protect the Forests and Wildlife of the World From Illegal Logging

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

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Congress: Protect the Forests and Wildlife of the World From Illegal Logging

Did you know that almost half of all rainforest destruction is done illegally? Government corruption, lax laws and poor enforcement result in widespread illegal deforestation across the globe. This unofficial forest clearing makes it extremely challenging to truly protect critically endangered species like the orangutan or Sumatran tiger from extinction and it contributes enormous amounts [...]

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Why Environmentalists Should Stand With Accused Whistleblower US Army Pfc. Bradley Manning

Monday, November 28, 2011

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Why Environmentalists Should Stand With Accused Whistleblower US Army Pfc. Bradley Manning

  if you had free reign over classified networks for long periods of time… … and you saw incredible things, awful things… things that belonged in the public domain, and not on some server stored in a dark room in Washington DC… what would you do?  … say… a database of half a million events [...]

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Will Danger Listing Of UNESCO World Heritage Site Save The Orangutan?

Thursday, July 21, 2011

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Will Danger Listing Of UNESCO World Heritage Site Save The Orangutan?

Several weeks ago, three national parks in Sumatra, Indonesia were collectively labeled a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Danger. This inscription reiterates the urgency to issue full protections for the last remaining tracts of unspoiled rainforest on the island. The Sumatran rainforest, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004 for its wealth of biodiversity, [...]

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APP: The Biggest Forest Destroyer You’ve Never Heard of

Thursday, March 31, 2011

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APP: The Biggest Forest Destroyer You’ve Never Heard of

Did you know that Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) is destroying vast tracks of Indonesian rainforests, threatening the survival of precious species like the Sumatran tiger, and using an aggressive strategy of political manipulation to grow its sales? If you answered no, you’re not the only one. APP is highly proficient at using covert marketing [...]

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Disney’s Paper Policy a Disappointment for Indonesia’s Rainforests

Thursday, March 31, 2011

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Disney’s Paper Policy a Disappointment for Indonesia’s Rainforests

UPDATE: On October 11, 2012, Disney announced a comprehensive paper policy that maximizes its use of environmentally superior papers like recycled and eliminates controversial sources like those connected to Indonesian rainforest destruction. For more info, visit www.ran.org/disney. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” –Mr. Walt Disney Books can be a [...]

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Are Loggers Best Suited to Stop Deforestation in Indonesia?

Friday, February 11, 2011

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Are Loggers Best Suited to Stop Deforestation in Indonesia?

Everyone knows that a fox can’t be trusted to guard the hen house. So why would anyone think that a government agency in charge of logging could implement a strong moratorium on deforestation — especially when that agency has done such a poor job enforcing existing laws to date? I’m talking about Indonesia’s Ministry of [...]

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Wild Money: Massive corruption in Indonesia’s forestry sector

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

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Human Rights Watch has just released the report: Wild Money: The human rights consequences of illegal logging and corruption in Indonesia’s forestry sector. Talking to allies in Riau, Sumatra, where Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) is logging tropical forests, it is clear that APP engages in corruption and utilizes a complete lack of transparency to [...]

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Deforestation leading cause of Global Warming

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

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OK – we know that forests trap carbon which helps reduce the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. We know that planting trees and restoring forests increases the depth of this carbon trap. We know that transportation and power generation are great emitters of greenhouse gases. But have a look at this article from [...]

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