Ecological Internet: Stop WWF’s Betrayal of the Earth’s Last Ancient Forests

May 25th, 2007 12:47 pm by Kelly Garbato

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Via Ecological Internet / The Rainforest Portal:

Stop WWF’s Betrayal of the Earth’s Last Ancient Forests

For many years the international conservation group WWF has supported Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification that first-time logging of ancient primary and old-growth forests is “sustainable”. Millions of hectares of intact, large rainforest ecosystems have been and are being heavily industrially logged for the first time with WWF and FSC’s stamp of approval. Ecological Internet (EI) recently reported upon Samling of Malaysia’s activities in Guyana under the name of Barama (1.3 million ha/3.2 million acres), which received significant international bank financing based upon assurances provided by WWF and an FSC certificate of good forest management.

Sadly, WWF’s partnering with this particular rainforest destroyer in Guyana is not at all unique. Similar large-scale, often illegal and highly socially and environmentally destructive logging of ancient forests in the Congo basin countries, Russia, and Indonesia continue with the blessing of WWF and FSC as their official policy. WWF’s greenwashing, and propagation and subsidizing of the myth of “sustainable ancient forest logging”, may be the greatest threat to the world’s remaining ancient forests.

WWF’s unquestioning support for certified logging of ancient forests has placed them in the highly controversial position of supporting loggers against local protests, as well as at odds with ecological science’s requirements for global forest and climate sustainability. Their efforts go well beyond promotion, as WWF’s “Global Forest and Trade Network” (GFTN) program is highly likely accepting undisclosed amounts of money from industrial loggers to promote their certification to FSC standards. And they continue to advocate on their behalf even when these standards are not met. As evidence questioning their basic premise that industrial logging of millions of years old ecosystems is environmentally desirable or even possible continues to build, WWF has resorted to trying to cover-up the depth to which they are driving the ancient forest logging business. Indeed, WWF is acting like a Public Relations agency for destructive and criminal logging. […]

WWF is betraying the global ancient forest protection movement. Its embrace of questionable certifications provides greenwashing to allow industrial ancient rainforest logging to continue. WWF and other ancient forest logging apologists must commit to working to End Ancient Forest Logging — a complete cessation of industrial development in the world’s remaining primary and old-growth forests. This is a global imperative given looming climate change, species extinction and continued indigenous abuses by rapacious “legal” and illegal industrial loggers. Ultimately, just like any big multinational corporation, as it seems to be only money that now interests WWF, we have to make it cost them more to have these deals with logging companies than they get from the deals themselves. Protest against a World Without ancient Forests (WWF) and demand they cease their support for industrial scaled logging of primary and old-growth forests.

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