Global Witness Report: World’s Forests Threatened by Vested Interests at UNFCCC

Global Witness Report: World’s Forests Threatened by Vested Interests at UNFCCC

‘Vested Interests’ report warns of dangers of industrial scale logging

Press Release – 05/06/2009

www.globalwitness.org

According to a new report released by Global Witness, Vested Interests – industrial logging and carbon in tropical forests, industrial logging in primary tropical forests under the guise of “sustainable forest management” (SFM) is a major source of carbon emissions and a primary driver of deforestation.  Moreover, it could derail the UN process to reduce deforestation and forest degradation.

‘Vested Interests – industrial logging and carbon in tropical forests’ documents how even the most benign form of commercial logging – known as reduced impact logging (RIL) – kills or severely damages an additional 6-10 non-target trees for every target tree cut, and releases between 10 and 80 tonnes of carbon per hectare. Also of great concern is that the roads driven through forests by logging companies, essential for RIL, render them between 4 and 8 times more likely to suffer complete deforestation than intact forests. Moreover, all forms of logging make forests far more vulnerable to fire. During the El Niño events in the late 1990s, 60% of logged forests in Indonesian Borneo went up in smoke compared with 6% of primary forest. In fact, the increase in forest fires caused by logging can be more devastating and release more carbon than the logging operations themselves.

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