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January 19, 2009

VICTORY! Closer to Ending Congo's Ancient Rainforest Logging

Rainforest logsThe Democratic Republic of Congo is closer to ending ancient rainforest logging [ark], as some 60% of logging contracts on nearly 13 million hectares of forest have been canceled. A long delayed review of 156 logging deals, aimed at stamping out corruption and enforcing minimum legal and environmental standards, found that only 65 were "viable".

On several occasions Ecological Internet's Earth Action Network has hastened this process with timely protest alerts [1, 2, 3] exposing World Bank forest corruption and successfully demanding the review, and we share with many others in this victory. While it is heartening that the World Bank has facilitated this logging concession review, it is sad that they and so many others still cling to the myth that industrial logging of millions of year old primeval ecosystems can ever benefit the Earth's climate and biodiversity, or local peoples.

The industrial destruction of natural ecosystems must end for our shared survival. Please continue to participate in the Earth Action Network and support ecological protest action that matters.


Comments

Please stop cutting all the beautiful tree's they are very important to our world and animals. They also help stop global warming. Please think.

It is just not done to clearcut virgin rainforest nowadays. There is no excuse for it. It is not necessary, in fact it is a crime to humanity! Please stop logging, do yourself, your kids and your kids' kids a favor by saving this beautiful forest.

Trees are the lungs of our planet Earth and killing trees is the same of murdering us and all other life here on this planet. Wise and bright Leaders will always protect the forests, the trees, for now and for ever. Don't turn our beautiful world into a desert and please stand up against all the humans who want to kill our beautiful trees for money, out of greed.

We know that cutting green house gas emission is essential to fight climate change. But what about adapting our water resources? The IPCC and Al Gore have made climate change a high priority concern in the political and public arenas, and sometimes even in the private sector to the extent that politicians, the public and the private sector ask water managers (how) to respond to this threat. In particular, low lying deltas and small islands, mountainous areas and arid areas are vulnerable to climate change. Are these concerns realistic, and what are possible responses to them? This will be discussed at the World Water Forum in Istanbul next year in March. Go to their webpage for more information: www.worldwaterforum5.org or www.worldwatercouncil.org”

Dear Dr Barry,

Congratulations with this historic achievement !

I wonder if it should result in banning of specified companies and products on www.directdemocracy.org ?

With kind regards,

Ole Larsen