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Asian Russia

Asian Russia makes up the eastern third of the Russian Federation and covers over 663 million hectares, more than two-thirds the size of the US.

The Snow Forests of Asian Russia comprise areas of intact ancient forest ranging from the arctic zone in northeastern Sakha, to the subtropical region along the Amur and Ussuri river basins to the south.

Forest makes up 45 percent of the territory, and ranges in type from shrublike tundra forest in the north to rich mixed forests in the south.

These diverse forests provide a home to many species of plants and animals, including the highly endangered Siberian (or Amur) tiger, Far Eastern leopard, the Himalayan bear, and the musk deer.

The Amur-Sakhalin region shelters more types of plants and animals than any other temperate forest in the world, with many of these species existing nowhere else.

Like other forests, the Snow Forests of Asian Russia are also home to indigenous peoples including the Nanai of the Khabarovsk region.

"Illegal logging and trade have been identified by international groups, including the World Conservation Union (IUCN), as a primary contributer to deforestation." - Friends of the Earth Japan, 2000.

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How the palm oil industry is Cooking the Climate

Publication | 8 November, 2007 at 0:00

Every year, 1.8 billion tonnes (Gt) of climate changing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are released by the degradation and burning of Indonesia’s peatlands – 4% of global GHG emissions from less than 0.1% of the land on earth. This report shows...

Palm oil: Cooking the Climate

Feature story | 8 November, 2007 at 0:00

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Feature story | 10 October, 2007 at 0:00

Never has the threat to the world’s forests been more acute nor the risk of dangerous climate change so imminent. With about one-fifth of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions being caused by forest destruction we are highlighting how Indonesia...

Carving up the Congo - Executive Summary

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Carving Up The Congo - Part 1

Publication | 11 April, 2007 at 0:00

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Feature story | 11 April, 2007 at 0:00

The Congo rainforest is the life support system for millions of people in the 'green heart' of Africa. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) alone, 40 million people depend on the forest. Like all large intact forests, it's also crucially...

Cargill's controversial soya port closed in the Amazon

Feature story | 27 March, 2007 at 0:00

In the heart of the Amazon rainforest a huge soya port owned by the giant US company Cargill has just been closed down by the Brazilian Environmental Agency (IBAMA). The orders to close the port came after a seven-year legal battle by the...

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