Blog: Forests

The Mahan Story — It Takes a Village

Posted by Anonymous — 26 August 2014 at 5:07pm - Comments
Local people from Mahan, India, protest against a proposed coal mine.
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Local people in Mahan, central India, come together to oppose mining in their forests.

In the village it is pitch dark by 7.30 pm. At the designated spot for the meeting, there are about 15 or 20 villagers holding solar lanterns. The meeting lasts over two hours and throughout that time, people keep coming and joining the conversation. Halfway into the meeting, I turn around to steal a quick look at the crowd and I am surprised at how large the group has become! It’s about a 100 people sitting, standing, leaning against their houses and trees, listening intently and waiting for their turn to speak.

Crackdown and arrests of activists: a first-hand account

Posted by Vivek Goyal — 30 July 2014 at 3:59pm - Comments
Peaceful protest in India
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Peaceful protest in India

Last month, Emma Gibson wrote about her visit to the forest in Mahan, India. Villagers and Greenpeace staff have been facing threats and intimidation there because of their attempts to stop the forest being cut down in pursuit of the coal that lies underneath.

Things are really hotting up now, with fresh arrests and intimidation occurring in the lead up to a village meeting and vote called the Gram Sabha. At the Gram Sabha villagers will be asked to vote to on giving up their historic rights to live and work in the forest in order to make way for a coal mine.

There's nothing sustainable about destroying forests for palm oil

Posted by Richardg — 16 July 2014 at 11:52am - Comments
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Deforestation for palm oil

Some of the biggest companies in the palm oil industry just launched the Sustainable Palm Oil Manifesto. They say its a step forward - but we say it's greenwash that won't stop them trashing Indonesia's rainforests.

APRIL is pulping the rainforest - but its customers are walking away

Posted by Richardg — 10 July 2014 at 12:05pm - Comments
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Customers are suspending contracts with Indonesia’s second largest pulp and paper company APRIL after we exposed its destruction of rainforests and fire-prone peatland.

6 myths Indonesia's biggest forest destroyer wants you to believe

Posted by Richardg — 10 July 2014 at 11:54am - Comments
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Pulp and paper company APRIL, along with its sister companies, is the greatest threat to the Indonesian rainforest. But these destructive companies are telling fibs to stop their customers deserting them. Here are APRIL's six biggest porkies.

Result: Jewson takes Amazon timber off the shelves and launches investigation

Posted by Richardg — 13 June 2014 at 12:43pm - Comments
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The timber merchant Jewson - the only high street store where you can buy Amazon timber - has agreed to put all sales on hold while it investigates its suppliers. It's a good start - but we need to keep up the pressure.

Brazil's Federal Prosecutor takes action against criminal loggers

Posted by Richardg — 9 June 2014 at 11:45am - Comments
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Sawmill in Pará, deep in the Amazon rainforest

Last month we exposed the scams that loggers in the Brazilian Amazon are using to launder illegal timber. Now the Federal Prosecutor has taken action to stamp out timber laundering.

Jewson says it trusts its Amazon timber suppliers - but it won't once it reads this

Posted by Richardg — 24 May 2014 at 9:58am - Comments
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Deforestation and illegal logging in the Amazon rainforest

Jewson is selling timber from the Amazon - where more than half the logging is illegal. Jewson says it trusts its suppliers, but we thought we'd investigate further - and you'll never guess what we found out. 

75,000 people have told Jewson to stop selling suspect timber. But Jewson still doesn't get it.

Posted by Richardg — 22 May 2014 at 12:41pm - Comments
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Ipe trees in the Brazilian Amazon

75,000 of us have told Jewson to stop selling suspect decking from the Amazon rainforest. But Jewson doesn't get it - so maybe this video explaining how the loggers loot the Amazon will help. 

We're taking action to stop loggers plundering the Amazon

Posted by Richardg — 15 May 2014 at 7:07pm - Comments

After two years investigating illegal logging in the Brazilian Amazon, we're taking action to stop it. Here's the story so far.

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