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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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Illegally logged "blood timber" from Liberia

Image | 24 March, 2009 at 0:00

Ravenna port, Italy. Activists chain themselves to illegally logged "blood timber" from Liberia.

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.

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.

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.

Aerial view of the Amazon forest.

Image | 25 July, 2006 at 0:00

Aerial view of the Amazon forest.

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.

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.

Men

Image | 26 May, 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.

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