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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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