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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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Stop the Horror: Ban Illegal Timber

Feature story | 7 February, 2007 at 0:00

If you buy or sell pirate DVDs you would be breaking the law. You could face a fine or even get jail time. But when companies in Europe buy or sell illegal timber from the last of the world's ancient forests they won't even have the timber...

Greenpeace activists dress as entrepreneurs

Image | 24 January, 2007 at 0:00

Greenpeace activists dress as entrepreneurs and enact a ‘street market’ auction under a banner stating "Indonesia’s Forests on sale" and a map of forest areas to be auctioned to highlight the Indonesia Forestry Ministry’s latest plans of...

Greenpeace activists outside of the European

Image | 9 November, 2006 at 10:26

Greenpeace activists outside of the European headquarters of the world’s largest paper tissue manufacturer, Kimberly-Clark.

Europe fuelling Canadian forest destruction

Feature story | 9 November, 2006 at 0:00

Italy is a long way from the giant ancient Boreal forest that stretches across Canada. Despite the distance that separates them however, people buying Kimberly-Clark products in Italy and many other European countries are inadvertently helping to...

Finland receives Golden Chainsaw award

Feature story | 27 September, 2006 at 0:00

In the decades between the 1950s and 1970s birch trees in Finland were considered 'flora non grata' by foresters as they weren't commercially useful. They were routinely cut down and poisoned to reduce their numbers. In some areas, the Finns even...

Clearcut forest in Russia

Image | 26 September, 2006 at 15:19

Clearcut forest in Russia. Much of the timber from clearcuts like these are destined for Finland.

Globe warms: rainforests burn

Feature story | 12 September, 2006 at 0:00

In what is becoming an annual event, increasingly frequent and more intense fires are sweeping through the tropical rainforests of Indonesia and Brazil. The burning of the rainforests not only threaten biodiversity in the affected areas but, by...

Illegal logging debate heats up in Papua New Guinea

Feature story | 11 August, 2006 at 14:56

The debate on illegal logging in Papua New Guinea (PNG) is heating up. Rimbunan Hijau (RH), the largest logging company in PNG, commissioned an Australian consultancy company, ITS-Global, to write a report attacking Greenpeace in an attempt to...

Rimbunan Hijau Can’t Handle The Truth

Publication | 11 August, 2006 at 12:11

In July 2006 an Australian consulting company, ITS-Global, published a report called “Whatever it Takes: Greenpeace's anti-forestry campaign in Papua New Guinea".The report was paid for by Rimbunan Hijau (RH), the largest foreign owned logging...

After massive consumer pressure

Image | 25 July, 2006 at 9:57

After massive consumer pressure, McDonald's will no longer sell chicken fed on soya grown in deforested areas of the Amazon rainforest.

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