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PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2004 4:45 pm 
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Not an organisation but a good informative resource:
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Oppose Oil Road Construction in Ecuador's Ultradiverse Yasuní National Park
[url=http://forests.org/action/ecuador/]Despite widespread protests, the Brazilian national oil company PetroBras will soon begin building a 54 kilometer access road into the heart of the ultradiverse Yasuní National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon (24 of which fall into the park's boundaries). Yasuní National Park's outstanding biodiversity was recognized in 1989 when it was designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The park contains one of the highest known levels of plant diversity per hectare in the world. Wildlife abounds as jaguars still roam, woolly and spider monkeys still swing through the trees, and harpy eagles patrol the canopy
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Support Those Blockading Brazilian Dam Construction
[url=http://forests.org/action/brazil/welcome.asp]Brazilian environmental activists are charging that Brazilian environmental authorities and an Alcoa lead consortium planning construction of Barra Grande dam conspired to commit fraud in the awarding of an environmental license for the project. Members of Brazil's Movement of Dam-Affected People (MAB) and environmentalists blockaded the access road to a stand of virgin forest slated for clearing before the filling of the reservoir. In all, 6,000 hectares of primary forests, including araucaria pines, in one of the richest remaining expanses of the threatened Atlantic Coast rainforest, would be flooded by the dam on the Pelotas river in Southern Brazil ( Rio Grande do Sul/Santa Catarina states). A 2,000 hectare stand of virgin araucaria forests was somehow "omitted" in the project's environmental studies.
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This araucaria pine forest area would be flooded by the Barra Grande dam
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[url=http://forests.org/action/wwf/]The World Bank-WWF Forest Alliance promotes and supports commercial harvest of the world’s remaining old-growth and other endangered forests. If the Alliance is successful in further expanding industrial forestry in the world’s remaining ancient forest wildlands such as the Amazon, Congo and Papua New Guinea; these massive ecosystem engines - responsible for climate, hydrology, soils, biodiversity and meeting local development needs - will cease to exist as large, operable wholes.
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In the Amazon jungles of Brazil's huge and wild Para state, the grabbing of land by fraud and violence - carried out by an informal alliance of loggers, ranchers and businessmen backed by private militias and gunmen - is routine and deadly. Most recently, 73-year-old American nun Dorothy Stang, who had worked in Brazil for decades defending the rights of rural workers and for rainforest conservation, was killed by hired assassins.

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Allthough that news are not very new, please think about signing the prescribed message in the above link.
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New Zealand Government Fails to Protect Endangered National Bird
http://forests.org/action/alert.asp?id=kiwi
ew Zealand's (Aotearoa) national bird is the kiwi and the people call
themselves kiwis – yet New Zealand’s state-owned coal mining company plans to destroy prime habitat of the endangered great spotted kiwi with a new open pit coal mine. Solid Energy Coals claims it can kill kiwi under the Coal Mines Act despite the species being "absolutely protected" under the Wildlife Act. As well as being prime habitat for the great spotted kiwi,
the proposed coal field is home to a rare land snail, red tussock grasslands, wetlands, and beech forest derived from the ancient supercontinent Gondwana. Two open pit mines, disposal areas and roads and offices will scar some 250 hectares of this distinctive landscape, while fouling natural waterways. Strangely, the New Zealand government is both funding kiwi restoration projects throughout the country to save them from extinction, while simultaneously promoting coal mining which is destroying prime kiwi habitat. A broad coalition of environmental groups is fighting the mine. Earlier this year local NGOs and a Maori tribe took Solid Energy to court in order to stop the mine. Solid Energy won but is now suing two of the NGOs for costs totaling $US270,000. Please take the time to demand that Nippon Steel and Mitsubishi Chemical - two prime customers for the high quality coal - not buy coal derived from the habitat of New Zealand's endangered national bird.
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Mitsubishi to Stop Buying Old Growth
Blow to Australia’s Tasmanian Timber Industry

June 29, 2005
OVERVIEW & COMMENTARY by Dr. Glen Barry, Forests.org

The Japanese company Mitsubishi Paper Mills has announced it will stop using woodchips from old-growth forests. Their new policy is to buy only woodchips "sourced from plantations or second growth forests of environmentally benign, and reclaimed wood." Mitsubishi is a major customer of Tasmanian woodchip exporter Gunns – and the new ood-chip buying policy would rule out sourcing woodchips from old growth tasmanian forests. Shockingly, until now most old growth timber from large-scale clearfelling in Tasmania has been converted to woodchips, largely for export to Japan.

The word is out – chopping up old growth forests to make throw away consumer products is barbaric, inhumane and ecocidal. The Tasmanian timber industry is worried – and they should be. There is nothing the timber barons in Tasmania and elsewhere can do regarding the emerging global sensibility that old-growth forests should not be chopped up to make paper. I expect that market pressures will lead other Japanese timber mills, including Oji and Nippon, to follow suit shortly. This is a clear signal to Gunns to shift to more sustainable forest practices in secondary and mixed plantation forests as the way of the future. It also sends an unmistakable message that World Heritage-class Tasmanian forests should not be fodder for woodchips.

Forests.org’s network has been active in this struggle for over a decade and contributed significantly to this victory. Recently we had followed Greenpeace’s lead in targeting Mitsubishi with protest emails. And our recent alert notifying Australia’s Prime Minister Howard that his half-hearted protection of some Tasmanian forests would not quell the movement to stop old-growth logging now seems down right prescient.

The gauntlet has been thrown down, somewhat surprisingly by Mitsubishi of Japan's example: all international companies that consume forest products must adopt a no old-growth forests use policy. Society and the market no longer find old-growth forest products to be acceptable – their continued use is antiquated. Those that continue to do so will feel the pain of market rejection.
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Peru's Isolated Indigenous Peoples Gravely Threatened
Please Help Protect Peru's Isolated Indigenous Peoples and Their Habitats

Isolated and vulnerable indigenous peoples in Peru are facing a number of serious threats to their lives, ancestral territories and ancient rainforest homes. Recently two Peruvian citizens who were illegally logging inside the Alto Purus National Park, near the Madre de Dios Territorial Reserve for isolated indigenous peoples, were killed in presumed conflicts with local indigenous peoples. Illegal logging in the Rio de las Piedras river basin, including inside protected areas, appears to be supported by a chain of corrupted officials and unscrupulous business enterprises. These activities are leading to conflict and unknown amounts of indigenous death, and are setting the stage for a wider invasion and likely genocide. The invasion of the ancestral territories of these isolated indigenous peoples is a violation of their basic human rights. These peoples have chosen to live their traditional lives in isolation, and they have the right to do so -- including defending their ancestral territories from violent invasions. These and other tragic occurrences in Peru's Rio de las Piedras region are a clear indication that the Peruvian state and authorities are failing to adequately protect both the territories of isolated indigenous peoples, and rainforest rich National Parks known to be their home. Please ask that the Peruvian authorities ensure that the rights of these peoples are respected and their traditional habitats protected at http://forests.org/action/alert.asp?id=peru


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Papua New Guinea Forest Minister Sells Citizens into Slavery by the Malaysian Timber Mafia
By Forests.org, a project of Ecological Internet, Inc.
June 2, 2005


Ask that the Forest Minister be sacked, the Malaysian Timber Mafia be
expelled, and the industry be transitioned to eco-forestry and carbon
offset payments

Rainforest policy in Papua New Guinea (PNG) - the Earth's third largest rainforest expanse - has recently gone from bad to worse. The current Forest Minister is completely corrupted, and Malaysian timber interests - acting more like a timber mafia than legitimate foreign investors - have a stranglehold on the government. The Prime Minister and his Forest Minister have refused to act on overwhelming evidence that many logging companies are operating outside the law. The Forest Minister has failed to investigate human rights abuses including slave like labor conditions, and has failed to implement recommendations found in government reviews and compliance audits. He has issued new permits to logging companies with very poor performance records and continually misleads regarding he economic importance of the logging industry - when in fact log exports provide only 4% of government revenues. Local groups have stated that an effect he has sold local populations and timber workers into slavery. It is critical that PNG's Prime Minister sack the Forest Minister, commit to expelling criminal logging enterprises such as Rimbunan Hijau - details to be determined through a Commission of Inquiry, and transition all forest management to community based eco-forestry supplemented with carbon offset payments. Please ask that he do so at:

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Dear Ecological Internet network participant,

Chinese plans to use ancient rainforest timbers from Indonesia
for Olympic construction offer a unique, discrete opportunity
to raise the profile of China's increasing role in rainforest
destruction - particulary in Southeast Asia. If you have not
already, please immediately take action at:

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Malaysia Must Stop the Violence Against the Penan and Logging of
Their Rainforests


Malaysia's indigenous Penan peoples are again resorting to
logging road blockades to protect their native customary land
rights and last remaining ancestral rainforest reserves. Logging
workers of Malaysian Interhill logging have already dismantled a
Penan logging road blockade near Ba Abang in the Middle Baram
region of Sarawak on the Island of Borneo. Now the Police and
Federal Reserve Unit are reportedly moving into the Baram region
to break at the behest of Samling logging a long-standing second
blockade erected by the Penan to protect the boundaries of their
last remaining large rainforest expanse. There exists great
potential yet again in Sarawak for deadly violence against
indigenous peoples striving to protect their way of life and
rainforest habitats. And Malaysia's government must be held
accountable for the conduct of Malaysian logging companies there
and throughout the world. Take action now at:

http://www.rainforestportal.org/alerts/ ... p?id=penan


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