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Shoot: Press Conference on Congo Rainforests in Zurich

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The environmental organization Greenpeace and the human rights organization Society for Threatened Peoples (GfbV) organized a joint press conference on the devastating impact of the international timber industry in the rainforests in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). They call in particular the extension of the moratorium on new logging licenses. Their claims also relate to Switzerland and Swiss companies.
The Congo rain forest after the Amazon are the second largest in the world and still have large intact forest areas, at present, are in acute danger: "Roads are built first, then the valuable jungle trees are cut down and huge areas suffer from deforestation. What remains is devastated landscapes and an impoverished and exploited population. In particular, the indigenous forest people suffer, "says Christoph Wiedmer, managing director of the Society for Threatened Peoples.
Not only for the species diversity and stabilizing the climate, the forests play a prominent role: According to Adrien Sinafasi Makelo, Chairman of the "Pygmies Indigenous Network Association" and the head of the organization "Dignité Pygmée" these woods are a home and a source of live for about 40 million people in the DRC.
"With 8 percent of the worldwide storage in existing forests, carbon as well as its capacity of carbon conversion, the Congo rain forests play a significant role for the climate far beyond the African continent." says Roesler Asti, Forests campaigner at Greenpeace Switzerland.
Greenpeace and the GfbV therefore call on the Swiss Tropical processors, not to buy any tropical timber that hasn’t been certified by the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council). The World Bank and donor countries, including Switzerland, shall be urged to support the current moratorium on new licenses until a jointly developed plan and a minimum of governmental and control structures have been established.
Forests Press Conference portrait of Paul Scherer
29 May, 2007
Forests Press Conference portrait of Paul Scherer
Forests Press Conference portrait of Sybille Zollinger
29 May, 2007
Forests Press Conference portrait of Sybille Zollinger
Forests Press Conference portrait of Asti Roesle
29 May, 2007
Forests Press Conference portrait of Asti Roesle
Forests Press Conference portrait of Kaspar Schuler
29 May, 2007
Forests Press Conference portrait of Kaspar Schuler
Forests Press Conference portrait of Adrien Sinafasi Makelo
29 May, 2007
Forests Press Conference portrait of Adrien Sinafasi Makelo
Forests Press Conference portrait of Rene Ngongo Mateso
29 May, 2007
Forests Press Conference portrait of Rene Ngongo Mateso
Forests Press Conference on Congo Rainforests in Zurich Switzerland
29 May, 2007
Forests Press Conference on Congo Rainforests in Zurich Switzerland
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