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Kenya: Pan Paper plans to expand its polluting operations

29 Oct

Kenya’s biggest and most polluting pulp and paper mill, which is partly owned by the IFC, is set to expand.
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Pulp friction

9 Sep

An interview I did on New Internationalist Radio. Chris Richards of New Internationalist asked the questions.

The programme also featured Cam Walker of Friends of the Earth talking about oil palm and climate change, followed by Tom Athanasiou of EcoEquity talking about climate change. The full version can be heard here.

Australia: Pulping democracy

25 Aug

Gunns proposed pulp mill would not only be damaging to Tasmania’s environment. It is also trashing the democratic process.
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Banks, Pulp & People

6 Aug

Press Release: Urgewald targets the pulp industry in new report and website (6 August 2007).
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Banks, Pulp & People

30 Jun

A Primer on Upcoming International Pulp Projects

A report by Chris Lang. Published by urgewald, June 2007.
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Banks, Pulp & People: Part 1

30 Jun

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Banks, Pulp & People: Part 2

30 Jun

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Banks, Pulp & People: Part 3

30 Jun

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Thailand: Advance Agro’s greenwash

26 Jun

Advance Agro is planning to expand its pulp and paper operations. In an attempt to improve its image in Australia the company has hired a PR firm. The result, not surprisingly, is greenwash.
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A meeting in Europe with bankers about pulp mills and finance

26 Jun

The pulp industry is planning a dramatic expansion of capacity in the South. The result will be increased poverty, loss of livelihoods and environmental destruction. Banks funding the pulp industry must be held accountable.
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Uruguay: Botnia pulp mill – “Why is EU public money being used?”

31 May

European “aid” benefits European industry – and impacts the people that it is supposed to help.
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Subsidies and the Botnia Pulp Mill

24 May

Presentation at “Sustainable pulp production in Latin America or just pulp fiction?”
Organised by The Greens/EFA and the Heinrich Böll Foundation
European Parliament, Brussels, 16 May 2007
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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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Vietnam: What’s happening in the pulp and paper sector?

28 Feb

About 750,000 tonnes of new pulp and paper capacity is planned or under construction in Vietnam. The development of new industrial tree plantations to feed this industry is being supported by the Vietnamese government and by international aid agencies, despite the lack of research into whether such plantations alleviate poverty.
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Cambodia: Indigenous People resist the spread of industrial tree plantations

28 Dec

A report on a recent visit to Dak Dam commune in Mondulkiri province in the northeast of Cambodia, where the Phnong indigenous people have been protesting against a Chinese-Cambodian company’s tree plantations.
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The expansion of industrial tree plantations in Cambodia and Laos

26 Dec

The area of tree plantations in Cambodia and Laos is expanding rapidly, as are the impacts on villagers and their environments.
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The pulp industry and the biofuels boom

29 Nov

The pulp industry in the North is keen on converting to biofuel production. But this will only drive further expansion of industrial tree plantations in the South.
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Indonesia: Trouble at the mill. UFS to open new wood chip mill

29 Oct

A new report by Down To Earth documents the problems with United Fiber System’s proposed pulp developments in Kalimantan. I met up with the author and other activists while they were in Germany in September 2006.
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Indonesia: World Bank/WWF experts look for new ways to subsidise plantations

22 Sep

The World Bank/WWF Forestry Alliance is supporting the massively destructive pulp and paper industry in Indonesia, by looking for new financial mechanisms to subsidise industrial tree plantations.
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“Yes to life, no to pulp mills” – protests against pulp mills in Uruguay

31 Aug

Tens of thousands of people have protested against two planned pulp mills near Fray Bentos on the River Uruguay. A recent WRM report documents the social and environmental problems with the FSC-certified plantations which will provide raw material to the mills.
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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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Say goodbye to the forests – here comes Oji Paper

7 Jun

Oji Paper, one of the world’s largest pulp and paper companies, is moving into the Mekong Region. Oji Paper has established large-scale industrial tree plantation projects in Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. Here and elsewhere in the world the results are deforestation and destroyed livelihoods as the company replaces villagers’ forest and common land with its monocultures.
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CIFOR report: How investors ignore serious problems with pulp mills

29 May

A new report by CIFOR analyses risk assessments and safeguard procedures carried out by financial institutions before investing in pulp mill projects. Despite the large amounts of money involved, the report concludes that assessments are far from adequate.
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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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South Africa: Mondi and environmental racism

27 Apr

Mondi continues to benefit from the gains it made during South Africa’s apartheid regime.
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