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Thu 17 Mar 2005

"US blocks forest protection plan"

Category : envt

"US blocks forest protection plan." By Roger Harrabin, BBC Newsnight, 15 Mar 2005.

"A secret US plan to wreck Tony Blair's G8 initiative combating illegal logging in the world's threatened rainforests has been revealed in a State Department memo leaked to the BBC's Newsnight.

Mr Blair wants G8 environment ministers meeting in Derby this week to make rules insisting that all timber bought by official bodies in rich nations comes from properly-managed forests.

The world's rainforests are being destroyed by the 'timber mafia;' [see Battling the Illegal Indonesian timber trade].

The UK was prompted to start the initiative after Indonesian government ministers said corruption in their country was so rampant that they did not have the power to tackle the supply of timber from the criminal gangs pillaging the forests.

They urged rich nations to reduce the demand for cheap illegal wood.

But powerful industry lobbyists in the US have resisted moves to certify that timber is legitimately produced. And the leaked State Department memo shows that the US government will refuse to sign up to the Blair initiative.

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Thanks to Tang Beng Yong for the alert.

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