Temporary Reprieve for Tasmania’s Unprotected HCV Forests
Forest Industry must now be clear whether they want to risk reputation and log them from 2020
Whilst pleased that the unreserved high conservation value forests of Tasmania will not be logged next year after the Upper House voted down a government plan to do so, Markets For Change remains concerned that the same forests can come back onto logging schedules in 2020.
“A temporary reprieve from logging has been won for Tasmania’s unreserved high conservation value forests, but we remain concerned that they will come back onto logging schedules in 2020 instead of being securely protected,” said Markets For Change CEO Ms Peg Putt.Read more
Media Release: Deforestation to undermine Regional Forest Agreement, crucial environmental services, and endangered forest types under Tasmanian government’s forest clearance policy
The Tasmanian government’s announced changes to the Permanent Native Forest Estate Policy substantially overturn provisions put in place to safeguard biodiversity in the most heavily impacted forest types and to tackle the devastating impacts of deforestation on soils and water across rural areas of Tasmania, according to Markets For Change.
The claim that this is not broadscale clearance in the Tasmanian context is disputed, as is the implication that Minister Guy Barnett having discretion to approve such deforestation is not laissez faire.
“All three components of the Permanent Native Forest Estate Policy are being substantially undermined by the Tasmanian government. These are the protection of forests in reserves, ending land clearing, and ensuring a strong Forest Practices system,” said Markets For Change CEO, Peg PuttRead more
TOKYO 2020 OLYMPICS SCANDAL:
Over 140,000 signatures delivered to Japanese Embassies around the world demanding no rainforest destruction or human rights abuses
Banner protests in Sarawak, Malaysia and at Tokyo’s new Olympic Stadium site
Media Release: Urgent investigation required as use of plywood likely linked to tropical forest destruction and human rights abuses found at construction site of new Tokyo Olympic Stadium
Urgent investigation required as use of plywood likely linked to tropical forest destruction and human rights abuses found at construction site of new Tokyo Olympic Stadium
Citing a significant breach of the commitment to a sustainable 2020 Olympics, Japanese and international environmental groups today called for an urgent independent investigation of the use of tropical formwork plywood that appears to originate from the notorious Malaysian logging company, Shin Yang, in the construction of the new National Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.
It is unsurprising that a major Australian timber retailer and Japanese customers of Tasmanian wood products have indicated that they will not buy wood sourced from High Conservation Value forests subject to government plans to open them for logging, according to Markets For Change – a conservation group that campaigns in the markets, with companies and consumers.Read more
Media Release: Cupconsciouscafe.com website launched to highlight cafes who pledge to fill reusable cups, as part of International Day of Action on Throwaway Cups
A new website to foster cafes supporting customers to use reusable cups instead of throwaway coffee cups is being launched today by Markets For Change as a rolling day of action on throwaway cups around the globe culminates in Australia.
Actions by civil society organisations around the world advocating avoiding using throwaway cups, which cause harm to people, forests, water and the climate, commenced in China on Wednesday 22 March 2017 moving through Europe to the United States and thence to Australia on 23 March.Read more
Media Release: Unsustainable logging of native forests not welcome in Tasmania as forests logged out in Victoria
The suggestion that Tasmania could become a logging haven for unsustainable forestry no longer able to operate in Victoria’s native forests due to overcutting there would be seen as a bad joke if not for its concurrence with Tasmanian government moves to put high conservation value forests back on the chopping block.
The impending closure of Heybridge mill has been announced, largely as a result of unsustainable logging levels over the years, after it became apparent that massive government subsidies could only sustain a fraction of the jobs and would not support a viable operation.Read more
Media Release: Banner Displayed Outside Japan Kenzai Fair in Tokyo today “Stop Destroying Sarawak for Plywood”
To highlight the role of Japan’s use of plywood timber products in destroying the forests of Sarawak Malaysia, a huge banner was unfurled at the Japan Kenzai Fair, at Tokyo Big Sight today.
Markets For Change and Japan Tropical Forests Action Network are raising awareness of this serious issue and appealing to Japanese consumers and the public to help improve the situation.
“We are asking companies to stop buying from Sarawak and to get supplies from environmentally responsible sources instead,” said Ms Peg Putt, CEO of Markets For Change.Read more
Media Release: New Report, 67 Japanese companies fail to eliminate suspected illegal, unsustainable wood supply from Sarawak Global efforts to save important tropical forests undermined
Japanese companies are failing to take decisive action to ensure that their products are not implicated in the destruction of tropical forests and resulting adverse impacts on indigenous people, a new report released by Markets for Change and Japan Tropical Forest Action Network reveals.
The new report “Too Little Too Late: the failure of Japan’s housing industry supply chain to take effective action on the devastation of tropical forests and human rights, especially in Sarawak” evaluates the response to requests made a year ago for housing companies, condominium developers, and their suppliers to urgently eliminate from their supply chains all plywood products originating in Sarawak, Malaysia.Read more
In the face of obvious provocation from the Tasmanian government, who today foreshadowed the content of legislation to open forests to privatised logging that were previously designated for protection due to their high conservation values, Markets For Change called for serious consideration of protecting those forests securely for the important contribution they can make in tackling climate change, in addition to important biodiversity, wilderness, old growth, and landscape values.Read more