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Shoot: Action against Tropical Hardwood in Delfzijl

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Greenpeace blocks a load of tropical logs from the African rainforests. The logs have just been offloaded from the ship 'The Stamatina' which transports logs from Cameroon and Congo-Brazzaville for the European market. Activists occupy the logs the whole day and unfurl banners reading 'Stop roofbouw op oerbossen', which translates to English as 'Stop ancient forest destruction'. Greenpeace wants to denounce the rampant destruction of the Congo Basin by industrial logging companies. The European timber industry is well aware of this situation but refuses to act. The rainforests of the Congo Basin represent the second largest rainforest area in the world (after the Amazon). The forests of the Congo Basin boast an incredible diversity of plants and animals such as the lowland gorilla, the chimpanzee and the forest elephant. Large mammals are increasingly threatened as new logging roads provide easy access for poachers who are killing these protected animals on an industrial scale. The rainforest provide food and materials for local people and forest dwelling peoples such as the semi-nomadic 'Pygmy' communities of Cameroon whose survival strongly depends on an intact rainforest ecosystem. Industrial logging increasingly creates social conflicts in Central Africa as people don't benefit from the logging operations. Cameroon is the largest tropical timber exporter in Africa. But sustainable forestry does not exist. Once the best timber is taken companies simply move onto a new forest area without real long-term management of the concessions. Illegal logging is rampant in Cameroon, the level of corruption is extremely high and the forestry department lacks the capacity and the manpower to monitor the forestry sector and carry out field inspections. The owner of the occupied tropical timberload is the Belgian importer 'Decolvenaere'. Despite several requests, the Belgian importer Decolvenaere has shown no interest at all to purchase FSC-certified timber. Greenpeace denounces the fact that national and international governments have completely failed in their efforts to protect ancient forests and the biodiversity these forests contain. The International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO) promised a decade ago that by the year 2000 all tropical timber on the world market would come from sustainably managed forests. Then years later virtually no progress has been made and in many regions illegal logging is escalating.
Action against Destructive Logging in Delfzijl
3 Apr, 2000
Action against Destructive Logging in Delfzijl
Action against Destructive Logging in Delfzijl
3 Apr, 2000
Action against Destructive Logging in Delfzijl
Action against Destructive Logging in Delfzijl
3 Apr, 2000
Action against Destructive Logging in Delfzijl
Action against Destructive Logging in Delfzijl
3 Apr, 2000
Action against Destructive Logging in Delfzijl
Action against Destructive Logging in Delfzijl
3 Apr, 2000
Action against Destructive Logging in Delfzijl
Action against Destructive Logging in Delfzijl
3 Apr, 2000
Action against Destructive Logging in Delfzijl
Action against Destructive Logging in Delfzijl
3 Apr, 2000
Action against Destructive Logging in Delfzijl
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