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European Ecolabel’s greenwashing of Asia Pulp and Paper must stop

22 Apr

APP is one of the most controversial pulp and paper companies on the planet. So why have two of its paper products been awarded the EU Ecolabel?

By Chris Lang. Published in WRM Bulletin 153, April 2010.

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Did FSC pass the practical test or is it on the wrong track?

11 Nov

By Chris Lang. Presentation at a conference in Berlin: “Sustainability certificates for agroenergy: Guardrail or lubricant for trade with regrowing energy resources?” organised by Brot für die Welt and FDCL, 4 October 2008.
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Why certification of agrofuels won’t work

17 Oct

The massive expansion of agrofuels is responsible for forest destruction, livelihood loss and increased food costs. Certification of agrofuels will do nothing to address the problems.
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FSC: Stop certifying monoculture tree plantations!

19 Sep

FSC is undermining its own legitimacy and (more importantly) struggles in the South against monoculture tree plantations. The record is not good.
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Uganda: Thousands of Indigenous People evicted from FSC-certified Mount Elgon National Park

27 Jun

Why SGS must withdraw its certificate of Mount Elgon.
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South Africa: A visit to Komatiland Forests’ industrial tree monocultures

30 May

Despite being certified by the Forest Stewarship Council, Komatiland Forests’ industrial tree plantations are far from environmentally or socially responsible.
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FSC’s greenwash at the Convention on Biodiversity

29 May

Yesterday, FSC organised a side-event at the Ninth Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biodiversity in Bonn. Activists from Global Forests Coalition and World Rainforest Movement made their voices heard at the side event.
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Uganda: Why Is FSC Certifying Land Disputes and Human Rights Abuses at Mount Elgon?

28 Feb

How many more people will be killed at Mount Elgon before FSC realises that the national park should not be FSC-certified?
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Swaziland: Woodmark and SAPPI ignore the lessons from a neighbouring farmer

20 Dec

The FSC certification of SAPPI’s monoculture plantations in Swaziland was only possible because Woodmark ignored the impacts.
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Clear as mud: FSC’s position on GM trees

25 Sep

What, exactly, is FSC’s position on GM trees?
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Swaziland: FSC credibility hits all time low with certification of Sappi

28 Mar

What, exactly, does the Soil Association stand for these days? With its FSC-certification of Sappi monocultures in Swaziland the Soil Association’s Woodmark appears to have abandoned the reason for which the organisation was established: to promote organic agriculture.
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Uganda: FSC fails to uphold Indigenous Peoples’ Rights at Mount Elgon

29 Dec

A Dutch tree planting project to absorb carbon in Uganda infringes local peoples’ land rights – despite being certified by FSC.
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Laos: What did SmartWood know when it issued the certificate?

30 Oct

A leaked report earlier this year indicated serious problems in an FSC certified logging operation. FSC’s certifier, SmartWood, was oblivious to the problems – at the time the report was written, they hadn’t visited the forests they’d certified for three years.
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Laos: FSC certified timber is illegal

21 Sep

Forestry operations in Laos are producing timber which is illegal under the Lao Forestry Law. No surprises there, then. But the fact that the operations are certified under the FSC system is perhaps just a little surprising.
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FSC Plantations Review: Raising the bar or lowering standards?

27 Jul

In 2002, FSC decided that it urgently needed to review its certification of plantations. Since then, the area of FSC certified plantations has more than doubled. FSC’s Plantations Review is now nearing its conclusion, but it has failed to address the problems associated with certifying plantations.
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Brazil: So, Mr. Liedeker, is Aracruz controversial?

28 May

Forest Stewardship Council must withdraw its certificate from Aracruz immediately.
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Uganda: Face Foundation, carbon conflict and FSC certification

24 Dec

Since 1994, the FACE Foundation has been planting trees in Uganda’s Mount Elgon national park, aiming to compensate for carbon emissions in the Netherlands. Despite major land disputes, the project remains certified as well managed by the Forest Stewardship Council.
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Swaziland: The impact of 50 years of industrial forestry

24 Jan

A new report by Wally Menne of the TimberWatch Coalition in South Africa documents the social and environmental impacts of industrial tree plantations and the pulp and paper industry.
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USA: Potlatch Corporation, FSC certification and GM trees

28 Nov

Forest Stewardship Council standards do not allow the use of GMOs. What does this mean in practice?
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Plantations are not forests – even when they are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council

1 Jun

FSC certifies industrial tree plantations as well managed forests. This is a fraud – plantations are not forests.
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Thailand: SmartWood suspends FSC certification of two plantations

22 Dec

SmartWood has suspended the Forest Stewardship Council certification of two of Forest Industry Organisation’s teak plantations.
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The certification of Thailand’s Forest Industry Organisation

1 Oct

In June 2001, SmartWood gave Thailand’s Forest Industry Organisation the FSC ‘green’ certificate. It’s difficult to imagine how they came to the conclusion that FIO is in any way ‘green’.
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Smartwood’s Certification of the Forest Industry Organisation in Thailand: Why FSC Should Revoke the Certificate

28 Aug

A report published by WRM as part of the book Certifying the Uncertifiable: FSC Certification of Tree Plantations in Thailand and Brazil.
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SmartWood’s certification of the Forest Industry Organisation – Introduction

28 Aug

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SmartWood’s certification of the Forest Industry Organisation – FIO’s history

28 Aug

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