Media Release: NGOs Demand Olympic Authorities End Rainforest Destruction and Human Rights Abuses Connected to Tokyo 2020 Olympics Construction

TOKYO/LIMA - Today, 47 civil society organizations delivered an open letter to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Tokyo 2020 Olympic authorities, at the start of the IOC Executive Board Meeting in Lima, Peru. The letter reiterated grave and mounting concerns about the legitimacy and accountability of IOC sustainability commitments and the reputation and credibility of the iconic Olympic games. The letter criticizes the Olympics for knowingly exploiting tropical forests and potentially fueling human rights abuses in the construction and implementation of the games. The groups are calling for full transparency and an end to the use of rainforest wood to construct the Tokyo Olympic facilities, including the new National Olympic Stadium.

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Media Release: Brisbane protest action,  Parody of The Courier Mail distributed News Corp urged to cut ties with Korindo – rainforest destroyer

This morning employees of Courier Mail are being met by environmentalists handing out the 'Courier Fail', attached, as they entered its Brisbane headquarters. The protest action organised by Markets For Change is focused on newsprint originating from a subsidiary of Korindo, an Indonesian – Korean palm oil conglomerate responsible for shocking broad scale deforestation in West Papua.

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Media Release: News Corp urged to cut ties with Korindo – rainforest destroyer Parody of The Australian newspaper distributed to expose the issue

This morning employees of News Corp are being met by environmentalists handing out the Not Australian, attached, as they entered head office. The protest action organised by Markets For Change focused on newsprint originating from a subsidiary of Korindo, an Indonesian – Korean palm oil conglomerate responsible for shocking broad scale deforestation in West Papua.

 

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Media Release: Pulp Mill Permit Expiry Welcomed – Call To Repeal The Pulp Mill Assessment Act

Expiry of the Tasmanian Pulp Mill Permit today has been welcomed by Markets For Change, who called for the Tasmanian government to now repeal the Pulp Mill Assessment Act – enabling legislation that gave the project Parliamentary approval after it failed to meet assessment standards as a Project of State Significance under the state’s planning system.

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Media Release: Civil Society Warns Olympic Committee Over Risks of Human Rights Abuses, Rainforest Destruction and Illegal Logging in Run-Up to 2020 Tokyo Games

6 December 2016

Over 40 NGOs deliver letter to IOC cautioning that timber for Olympic Stadium and other venues risks connections to human rights and environmental violations

Lausanne, Switzerland - As Olympic organizers deliberate on cost-cutting measures for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics [1], a letter endorsed by 44 organizations was hand-delivered today to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) during its winter board meeting, warning Olympic organizers of the high risk that illegal and unsustainable rainforest timber will be used to construct Tokyo’s new Olympic National Stadium and other facilities. The groups warned that failure to adopt additional safeguards and due diligence measures could have devastating consequences for biodiversity, climate change, and local communities who have legitimate rights to the forests and rely on it for their livelihoods.

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Media Release: Twenty year extension to conflict and forestry favouritism embodied in today’s Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement

Today’s 20 year extension of the Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) locks in devastation of precious native forests whilst continuing to sideline national endangered species protection law and deliberately ignoring the unfinished business of protecting 350,000 ha of high conservation value forests previously designated to become reserves under the Tasmanian Forest Agreement.

“The Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) applied to Tasmania in 1997 has been a failure for forest conservation and making real of the aspirations of the Tasmanian community for protection and enhancement of these natural treasures. It should not be extended,” said Markets For Change CEO, Peg Putt.

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緊急リリース: IOC、無計画で持続不可能な東京オリンピック競技場建設に加担

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Media Release: IOC complicit in unaccountable and unsustainable Tokyo Olympic Stadium construction accepts weak standards of Tokyo Olympic authorities

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Media Release: Logging Rainforest Reserves virtually unconstrained in Draft Special Species Management Plan for Tasmania

Media Release: Logging Rainforest Reserves virtually unconstrained in Draft Special Species Management Plan for Tasmania

Rainforest reserves can be logged without triggering any assessment of the impact on the specific reserve values or the effect on existing reserve management plans under the draft Special Species Management Plan released today by the Tasmanian government for public comment.

Additionally, over 350,000ha of high conservation value forests previously designated for future protection under the Tasmanian Forest Agreement would be logged, potentially affecting a huge list of threatened wildlife, including the wedge-tailed eagle, masked owl, spotted-tailed quoll, eastern quoll, swift parrot, grey goshawk, white-bellied sea eagle and Tasmanian devil as well as the other conservation values of these forests.

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Media Release: Temporary Reprieve for Tasmania’s Unprotected HCV Forests

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.

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