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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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Greenpeace campaigner Paolo Adario standing

Image | 1 May, 1999 at 1:00

Greenpeace campaigner Paolo Adario standing on "Clovis" log raft Tapaua River.

Greenpeace commisioned boat 'NOE IV' with

Image | 1 May, 1999 at 1:00

Greenpeace commisioned boat 'NOE IV' with banner against WTK logging plans in Deni land. Canaca River.

Rainforest logging in the Cameroon. 1999

Image | 1 May, 1999 at 1:00

Rainforest logging in the Cameroon. 1999

Timber logged by the company Carolina

Image | 1 May, 1999 at 1:00

Timber logged by the company Carolina, in Itaquatiara. Amazon, Brazil.

Logging by the French company Coron in Cameroon

Image | 1 May, 1999 at 1:00

Logging by the French company Coron in Cameroon.

The Chain of Destruction: from the Great Bear Rainforest to the United States market

Publication | 1 April, 1999 at 0:00

The US remains the largest single consumer of forest products worldwide, consuming approximately 9.5 billion board feet of lumber alone per year — enough wood to make a board one foot wide by one inch thick that would wrap around the world more...

Islands Adrift: Comparing Industrial and Small-Scale Economic Options for Marovo...

Publication | 1 March, 1999 at 0:00

Our report "Islands Adrift" shows that small-scale development options (like reef fishing, beche de mer collection, ecotimber and ecotourism) were worth US$29 million to landowners, compared to US$8 million for industrial logging.

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Image | 1 January, 1999 at 1:00

Close-up of black Mountain Gorilla baby holding leaves.

western lowland gorilla

Image | 1 January, 1999 at 1:00

western lowland gorilla

Araucaria forest and lakes of Chile's last

Image | 1 December, 1998 at 1:00

Araucaria forest and lakes of Chile's last temperate forests.

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