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Issue date: 
June 3rd, 2013

Multinationals reaping big from abusive forestry practices in DRC

Multinational companies are profiting hand over fist from abusive forestry practices in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where illegal logging, mislabelled timber and false permits are widespread, according to several non-governmental organisations.

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April 29, 2013

Comparing carbon market and forest management standards

Danish NGO NEPCon has recently released a study entitled ‘Field perspective comparison of forest carbon and forest management standards.’ The research, commissioned by the Rainforest Alliance, recognizes the function of responsible forest management in retaining and increasing carbon stocks.

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December 15, 2012

Barama snags coveted timber legality certification

Guyana’s battle to eradicate illegal logging has been given a major boost with one major company recently received a key certification.
Barama Company Limited, which controls 1.6 million hectares of natural forests, has

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13 December 2012

Barama makes history with int'l timber certification

Barama Company Limited (BCL) has secured what it on Thursday announced as the largest single block of tropical forest to be certified under the Verified Legal Origin (VLO) anywhere in the world.

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21 November, 2012

Certifying Vietnam’s timber plantations would help smallholders profit from lucrative export market

f Vietnam wants its timber producers to benefit from the growing eco-conscious and more lucrative international furniture market, national forest institutions should look for ways to get smallholder plantation forests certified, said Louis Putzel, a senior scientist at the Center for Internationa

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15 Nov 2012

FSC first for Brazil forest concession

Brazilian forestry company LN Guerra has achieved FSC certification for Mamuru, its 46-000 hectare concession in Para state.  This is the first forest concession in Brazil to achieve FSC certification.

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FSC to tackle timber certification in light of EUTR

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is set to address how best to operate a timber product certification scheme in the context of the EU Timber Regulations (EUTR).

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14 May 2012

Forests remain a source of conflict

The world’s largest producer of teak, an Indonesian state-owned company on the island of Java, has again been awarded sustainable forest management (SFM) certification.

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May 17, 2012

Misleading Labels and Greenwashing: What’s A Consumer to Do?

Woe is the eco-conscious consumer. Just when they think they’re buying green, something screws it all up.

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April 17, 2012

EU Timber Regulations: Well-intentioned or risky?

In March 2013 the European Union will start enforcing a new timber regulation that is designed to prevent illegally logged wood, and products made from illegally logged wood, from entering into the EU.


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by Dr. Radut