Magazine article Pacific Ecologist

Call to End Forest Destruction

Magazine article Pacific Ecologist

Call to End Forest Destruction

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07/05/07, GREEN PEACE, PORT MORESBY, PNG--Greenpeace activists today abseiled off the top of the Crown Plaza hotel in downtown Port Moresby, where delegates were gathering for the start of the 42nd International Tropical Timber Organization's (ITTO) committee meeting, unfurling a banner reading "ITTO Stop Forest Destruction." "Greenpeace wants the ITTO to do more to stop forest destruction in PNG," said Sam Moko, Greenpeace PNG forest campaigner and climber. "Our Government has done nothing to protect our forests. They and the forest industry are more interested in short-term financial gain rather than thinking about the future for our children." A report on sustainable forest management in PNG by the ITTO, concludes the PNG Forest Authority (PNGFA) is focussed "almost exclusively on exploitation of the forest resource for the primary financial benefit of the national government" The report continues: "The government and industry have not been able to demonstrate integrated, economically viable, ecologically compatible and socially acceptable forest management practices in line with the ITTO Criteria and Indicators. Forest management is reduced to monitoring logging operations at the expense of overall Sustainable Forest Management"

The protection of large expanses of rainforest has become a global issue, identified by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) last week as one of the most cost-effective ways to mitigate climate change. …

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