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Enormous wood fiber concession appears in West Kalimantan, threatening critical habitat. Environmental groups cry foul, claiming impact assessments were not properly done before plantation company set up shop.
A major wood fiber ...
In the 1990s, the world watched with alarm as vast tracts of tropical rainforest were torn down for timber and croplands, dug up for minerals and energy, and flooded for hydroelectric projects. Conservation groups, governments, philanthropists, ...
Russia’s trees fuel our increasing demand for wood-based products. The country’s vast forest
s, which cover over 800 million hectares or almost half its land area, are a major source of wood for global timber, paper and pulp ...
Cameroon's government is due to introduce legal reforms by the end of the year to redress weaknesses in its two-decade-old forest
ry legislation. The new forest
code will better protect rainforests and the rights of indigenous communities that ...
Illegally logged timber in Brazil is being laundered on a massive and growing scale and then sold on to unwitting buyers in the UK, US, Europe and China, Greenpeace claimed on Thursday.
After a two-year investigation, the environmental ...
The volume of commodities produced under various social and environmental certification standards jumped 41 percent in 2012, far outpacing the 2 percent growth across conventional commodity markets, finds a comprehensive new assessment of the ...
In the world of forest
ry, bamboo doesn’t always get the credit it deserves. Dismissed as a weed or marginalized in traditional forest management
, bamboo could actually play an important role in forest
and landscape restoration. With adequate ...
Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings Ltd (APRIL), Indonesia's second-largest pulp and paper producer, has announced a new environmental policy that aims to stem criticism about its forest
ry practices, which include large-scale conversion ...
2013 was full of major developments in efforts to understand and protect the world's tropical rainforests. The following is a review of some of the major tropical forest
-related news stories for the year.
As a review, this post will not ...
Two environmental activist groups blasted the World Bank over its reported decision to block a probe into its support of industrial-scale rainforest logging.
Greenpeace and Global Witness issued a statement condemning last Friday's ...
Like in a desolate Edward Hopper landscape, the orangutan was clinging to the one last tree that stood next to the river in Kutai National Park in eastern Kalimantan. The joy of seeing this magnificent primate was spoiled by his destroyed habitat ...
Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), a forest
ry giant that has been widely criticized for its role in driving deforestation and contributing to social conflict in Indonesia, today announced a zero deforestation policy that could have a dramatic impact on ...
Pulp and paper giant Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL) continues to destroy large areas of rainforests and peatlands despite a commitment to end natural forest
logging by 2009, says a new report issued by a coalition of ...
Lead by Leandro Guerra, the company employs 100 people and began working with TFT towards responsible forest management
in March 2012 through the TTAP project following its nomination by one of its European buyers, DLH. Its FSC
certificate for ...
After months of pressure from Greenpeace on its alleged links to deforestation in Indonesia, KFC UK/Ireland has adopted a forest
policy that excludes fiber sourced via conversion of tropical rainforests. The policy excludes suppliers like Asia ...
WWF agrees with Tom Picken in "Why we need laws to save what's left of our forest
s' that strong laws and protections are needed to ensure the survival of the world's dwindling forest
s. But WWF would contend that getting the legislation right is ...
Last year researchers took the first ever publicly-released video of an African golden cat (Profelis aurata) in a Gabon rainforest. This beautiful, but elusive, feline was filmed sitting docilely for the camera and chasing a bat. The least-known ...
Levi Strauss & Company had issued a new policy that will exclude fiber from controversial sources from its products. The move will effectively bar Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) as a supplier, according to the Rainforest Action Network, a green group ...
2011 was designated as "Year of the Forest
s" by the United Nations. While there was relatively little progress on intergovernmental forest
protection programs during the year, a lot happened elsewhere. Below is a look at some of the biggest ...
Stewardship Council's public demonstration that it is the "gold-standard for responsible forest management
" has been wrecked following the release of a bombshell report today by the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), following the ...
mulls controversial motion to certify plantations responsible for recent deforestationMembers of the Forest
Stewardship Council (FSC), meeting in Malaysia next week for its General Assembly, will consider various changes to the ...
Malaysia is home to the one of the oldest tropical rainforests in the world. 62.3 percent or about 20,456,000 ha of Malaysia is forest
ed. It is disheartening to know that between 1990 and 2010, Malaysia lost an average of 96,000 ha or 0.43 ...
Two recent cases of social conflict between logging companies and local communities that have reportedly resulted in violent police interventions, arrests and reported abuses. According to independent reports, in April this year the Bosanga ...
Locals clash with 'sustainable' FSC
logging company in the Congo
Two separate protests against logging companies by local communities have turned violent in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), leaving at least one dead. According to ...
Logging companies and certifying bodies differ in the way they comply or interpret compliance to forest
certification standards, meaning “certified timber” may not necessarily be sourced from sustainably managed forest
s._Almost 20 years ago, a ...