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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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Statement regarding CIB - FSC certification

Publication | May 29, 2006 at 11:33

A big step forward but unresolved sawmill and governance issues threaten credibility of FSC certificate.

Men

Image | May 26, 2006 at 10:42

Men, women and children carry the eco-timber out of the forest, to a waiting barge. Eco-timber is milled on the spot where the tree was felled, thus causing minimal damage to the forest.

Sep Galeva

Image | May 26, 2006 at 10:36

Sep Galeva, of the Kuni tribe, invited Greenpeace and other organisations to help the people of Lake Murray establish eco-forestry projects. Sep is pictured as the first eco-timber shipment is loaded onto a barge.

The GFRS volunteers and landowners rescued

Image | May 26, 2006 at 10:30

The GFRS volunteers and landowners rescued this barge from the bottom of Lake Murray. It was restored and decorated before being loaded with the first shipment of local eco-timber.

Our legacy in Lake Murray

Feature story | May 26, 2006 at 0:00

After three months, our Global Forest Rescue Station (GFRS) in remote Papua New Guinea has come to an end.

The first shipment of eco

Image | May 26, 2006 at 0:00

The first shipment of eco-timber from Lake Murray, Papua New Guinea, sets off. Greenpeace and other organisations has spent the past three months in PNG, training Lake Murray landowners to start a small-scale, community -run eco-timber business.

Greenpeace Activists in Brazil Block Cargill Soy Facility

Feature story | May 22, 2006 at 0:00

After two years of investigation, we’ve uncovered a string of illegal soy production that is destroying the Amazon rainforest, and can be traced to a large American corporation: Cargill.

Cargill - Eating up the Amazon

Publication | May 19, 2006 at 14:45

Greenpeace research shows that the arrival of Cargill in Santarém, and of soya farmers close behind, is having severe environmental impacts in the Amazon in western Pará State in Brazil.

The Fly River

Image | May 19, 2006 at 9:30

The Fly River, near Lake Murray in the Western Province of Papua New Guinea. The run-off from destructive and illegal logging pollutes these waterways.

Beautiful Lake Murray

Image | May 19, 2006 at 9:27

Beautiful Lake Murray, in the Western Province of Papua New Guinea. The forests in this region are under threat from illegal and destructive logging.

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