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Autor:  Federico [ Dom Dic 25, 2005 1:15 pm ]
Asunto:  Greenpeace boards ship importing rainforest destruction

Greenpeace informs you:

Livorno/Rome, 11 October 2005 -- Today 30 Greenpeace activists boarded a ship carrying rainforest timber at the Italian port of Livorno. Eight activists, dressed as gorillas, climbed two of the ship’s cranes to prevent its cargo from being unloaded.

The ‘Guan He Kou’ is carrying sawn timber from the Congo Basin, where widespread illegal logging is destroying the forest and driving gorillas and chimpanzees towards extinction. The rainforest is also home to millions of indigenous people who depend on the forest for their survival.

Greenpeace International’s Forest Campaigner, Belinda Fletcher, said: ‘Stolen rainforest timber is flooding into ports in Italy and across Europe almost daily. It ends up on construction sites and is being sold in high street stores (1). If this criminal activity is not stopped, the world’s rainforests look set to disappear in our lifetime and the only forest elephants, lowland gorillas and chimpanzees left will be in zoos.”

The ship’s timber cargo was logged by a Cameroonian timber company, Société Industrielle de Mbang (SIM), which is partly financed by Italian capital. (2) The rainforests of the Congo Basin are rapidly being decimated by the logging industry, which is notoriously corrupt in the region. During field investigations to Cameroon in 2005, Greenpeace discovered that SIM is illegally logging outside the boundaries of its cutting permit. It also gathered extensive evidence that SIM buys timber from other companies heavily involved in illegal logging. (3)

Last year, Cameroon exported approximately €400 million worth of timber to countries across Europe. Italy is one of its main customers buying sawn wood, logs, veneer and mouldings. Other key importers are Spain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Ireland and Germany. (4) When it leaves Italy, the ‘Guan He Kou’ and her cargo will go to Spain.

Life on Earth depends on ancient forests for its survival but only 20 per cent of the world’s original forest remains intact. These last forests are threatened by the international demand for cheap timber, yet there are no laws in Europe to allow the authorities to seize shipments of illegally logged timber products, or to oblige companies to make sure their timber is not from illegal or destructive sources.

Greenpeace is calling on European governments to outlaw all imports of illegal timber and to promote environmentally and socially responsible forest management worldwide. Illegal logging and related trade is expected to be on the agenda of the Agriculture Council of the EU on the 24-25th October.

Notes to Editors:

(1) Consumers can guarantee that the timber products come from well-managed sources, by buying products carrying the logo of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

(2) Shareholders of SIM include the Italian timber companies Piarottolegno and Dassi.

(3) In 2005, Greenpeace field investigators visited SIM’s cutting permit (Vente de Coupe 08-10-73) in the Mbam & Kim department in the Centre province of Cameroon. They documented large scale illegal logging activities by SIM outside the legal boundaries of its allocated permit. Greenpeace estimates that SIM has logged at least 850 hectares illegally in this area.

(4) Rupert Oliver & Emily Fripp, Changing International Markets For Timber: What African Producers Can do, African Timber Trade Forums, Producer Country Draft Cameroon, May-July 2005, section 1.2.


Copyright Greenpeace

Autor:  Pablo Edronkin [ Dom Dic 25, 2005 3:11 pm ]
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Indeed, we may well be on our way to causing a major change- meaning a mass extinction - like others that happened along Earth's history. The difference is that this will be the first time that we know about when a major extinction of worldwide proportions would be caused by a living species.

This info may be interesting, in this regard:

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This was a lush forest ony ten years ago; local peasants managed to destroy it.

Autor:  Pablo Edronkin [ Dom Jun 01, 2008 2:18 am ]
Asunto: 

Further evidence has been discovered that proves the natural feasibility of climate change induced by large methane gas emissions such as those that allegedly caused the Permo-Triassic extinction known as the P-T Event. The findings are related to a much earlier time, but apply as well.

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