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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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People travel on a canoe at sunset

Image | May 15, 2006 at 6:52

People travel on a canoe at sunset, near the Ogia village. Some clans have a motor boat. Most families build their own dug-out canoe.

Jammy carries a wild pig

Image | May 15, 2006 at 6:42

Jammy carries a wild pig. The people of Lake Murray region live a largely subsistence lifestyle, hunting and gathering food and growing their own sago crop.

Slice of paradise arrives in Japan

Feature story | May 11, 2006 at 8:25

First we intercepted the MV Ardhianto when it was loading a thousand cubic metres of destructively logged plywood in Sorong harbour, Papua. Today, as the ship prepared to unload a slice of the Paradise Forests in Yokohama harbour, Japan, our...

Campaigners Hapsoro and Yuka Ozaki bear witness

Image | May 11, 2006 at 8:14

Campaigners Hapsoro and Yuka Ozaki bear witness as the MV Ardhianto unloads its cargo of plywood from the Paradise Forests. The company involved in this protest, Kayu Lapis Indonesia’s (KLI), is being investigated by the Indonesian government...

The MV Ardhianto unloading one thousand cubic

Image | May 11, 2006 at 8:07

The MV Ardhianto unloading one thousand cubic metres of destructively logged plywood from the Paradise Forests. Japan is the world’s largest importer of Indonesian plywood. Much of this plywood is used in construction and is thrown away once it...

Activists ask a pertinent question as the

Image | May 11, 2006 at 7:58

Activists ask a pertinent question as the MV Ardhianto unloads plywood from the Paradise Forests ion to the dock at Yokohama harbour.

Local land owners attend a meeting on Forest

Image | May 10, 2006 at 5:16

Local land owners attend a meeting on Forest Management, Lake Murray area, PNG

Local land owners

Image | May 10, 2006 at 5:09

Local land owners, Greenpeace activists and volunteers look at demarcation maps at the Global Forest Rescue Station.

A man builds a house with materials he collected

Image | May 10, 2006 at 4:51

A man builds a house with materials he collected in the forest, wood and sago - the only thing he needed to buy were the nails.

Children walking through a village in Lake

Image | May 10, 2006 at 0:00

Children walking through a village in Lake Murray. The income from community eco-forestry initiatives will help fund education in the region.

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