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Myanmar plans vast new plantations, especially for teak

via Terra Daily | Tue April 26, 2005
Military-ruled Myanmar, whose logging activities have drawn international criticism, plans to create vast new plantations as part of a reforestation program, the Myanmar Times reported Sunday.

Brazil forms Indian reserve in disputed Amazon

via SABC News | Tue April 19, 2005
Brazil yesterday announced the long-delayed creation of a reserve for some 15 000 Indians who will displace non-indigenous farmers in a hotly disputed remote part of Brazil's Amazon.

Kenyan project accredited

via Green Consumer Guide | Tue April 05, 2005
A Kenyan project backed by conservation group WWF that promotes carvings from sustainably harvested wood has been accredited with FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification, for the first time in the nation's history.

Inauguration Opens Nearly 150,000 Acres of Protected Chilean Rainforest to the Public for First Time

via Nature Conservancy | Sat April 02, 2005
A history of deforestation and neglect comes officially to a close for a vast stretch of some of the most threatened and biologically rich temperate rainforest in the world.

China launches “green storm” against forest destruction

via People's Daily Online | Fri April 01, 2005
The State Forestry Administration (SFA) released a blacklist of 10 major cases of forest destruction since 2003 on Wednesday, unveiling a national campaign to crack down on deforestation.

Haida Nation Fights For Old Forests

via Infoshop News | Fri March 25, 2005
The Haida Nation has set up a number of blockades around the Queen Charlotte Islands to protest the transfer of Weyerhaeuser's tree-farm licence to Brascan, complaining it wasn't properly consulted by British Columbia (B.C.) provincial government.

G8 agrees to take action over illegal logging

via Financial Times | Sun March 20, 2005
The Group of Eight industrialised nations agreed to take action on illegal logging on Friday, a problem that costs governments and legal timber companies billions of pounds a year.

Vancouver Island park nearly doubles

via Vancouver Sun | Mon March 14, 2005
Water, Land and Air Protection Minister Bill Barisoff was announcing that Vancouver Island's MacMillan Provincial Park will almost double in size, thanks to a land donation by Weyerhaeuser.

‘No mercy’ for illegal loggers in Indonesia: president

via Channel News Asia | Sun March 13, 2005
Indonesia's president pledged to wage war against deforestation, promising harsh penalties for officials involved in the illegal logging that continues to destroy massive areas of woodland annually.

China starts trial calculation of green GDP

via China View | Wed March 02, 2005
China has launched a trial calculation of its gross domestic product (GDP) that takes into account of environmental factors, as a way to check environmental deterioration and put its roaring economy on the track of sustainable development.

Firefighters Bring Blaze Under Control in Chile Park

via ABC News | Mon February 28, 2005
A wildfire in Chile's most famous national park, Torres del Paine in Patagonia, is mostly under control after a week in which it burned more than 55 square miles, the forestry service said on Friday.

African Loggers Begin to See the Light in Forests

via Planet Ark | Mon February 28, 2005
IN THE RAINFOREST OF SOUTHEASTERN CAMEROON - Standing in a clearing by a pile of recently felled tree trunks, Edmond Fouda says life as a woodcutter has changed in recent years.

Lula Says Will Halt Violence in Amazon Forests

via ABC News | Wed February 23, 2005
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said on Tuesday he would not allow loggers and ranchers to control the rain forest with gunmen and to go on killing activists like American nun Dorothy Stang.

Forest reserves created in Brazil to protect lawless Amazon region

via Seattle Times | Fri February 18, 2005
Brazil's president signed decrees yesterday creating two massive new forest reserves, succumbing to intense pressure to protect a lawless Amazon region from violent loggers and ranchers after the killing last weekend of an American nun who fought to protect the jungle.

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