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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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McVictory

Feature story | 25 July, 2006 at 0:00

In an historic deal that has impacts far beyond the golden arches and into the global agricultural market, McDonald's is now the leading company in the campaign to halt deforestation for the expansion of soya farming in the Amazon.

Aerial view of the Amazon forest.

Image | 25 July, 2006 at 0:00

Aerial view of the Amazon forest.

Notorious 'blood-timber' trader found guilty

Feature story | 7 June, 2006 at 0:00

In a verdict that will have far reaching implications for the international timber trade, a judge in The Hague has found a former timber trader and arms dealer guilty of breaking the UN arms embargo in Liberia and sentenced him to a maximum of 8...

Timber trader Gus Kouwenhoven has been found

Image | 7 June, 2006 at 0:00

Timber trader Gus Kouwenhoven has been found guilty of arms smuggling in war-torn Liberia.

The best of the blogs from the Paradise Forests

Feature story | 2 June, 2006 at 0:00

The Paradise Forests weblog features contributions from international volunteers at the Global Forest Rescue Station in Lake Murray, a remote area in the Western Province of Papua New Guinea.Our campaigners and activists on board our flagship,...

Greenpeace Forest Campaigner Sam Moko talks

Image | 31 May, 2006 at 11:02

Greenpeace Forest Campaigner Sam Moko talks to Rimbunan Hijau security guards while attempting to deliver Rimbunan Hijau with the Golden Chainsaw Award.

A Rimbunan Hijau security guard asks Greenpeace

Image | 31 May, 2006 at 11:00

A Rimbunan Hijau security guard asks Greenpeace activists to leave the Rimbunan Hijau office when they tried to present the company with the Golden Chainsaw award.

Deadly Subsidies

Publication | 31 May, 2006 at 0:00

How government subsidies are destroying the oceans and forests and why the CBD rather than the WTO should stop this peverse use of public money.

Activists intimidated as logging company reacts violently to peaceful approach

Feature story | 31 May, 2006 at 0:00

True to form, Asia's biggest logging company, Rimbunan Hijau (RH), intimidated and detained six of our activists who attempted to present them with a ‘Golden Chainsaw’ award for forest destruction.

Rimbunan Hijau Group: Thirty Years of Forest Plunder

Publication | 30 May, 2006 at 23:00

Rimbunan Hijau is responsible for many large scale destructive logging operations in countries across the Paradise Forests. It is amongst the leading timber giants in Malaysia, whilst in Papua New Guinea it has close to a monopoly on all logging...

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