22 May '11, 6pm

Locals clash with 'sustainable' FSC logging company in the Congo

Locals clash with 'sustainable' FSC logging company in the Congo

Locals clash with 'sustainable' FSC logging company in the Congo Jeremy Hance mongabay.com May 22, 2011 Two separate protests against logging companies by local communities have turned violent in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), leaving at least one dead. According to Greenpeace, one of the companies involved in the violence, Sodefor, is sustainably certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Given that the industry in DRC is rife with social conflict and corruption, Greenpeace is advocating that FSC place a moratorium on certifying new industrial-style logging concessions in the central African nation. A week ago, conflict erupted between the local community of Inongo and logging company Sodefor, a subsidiary of Group NorSüdTimber. According to Greenpeace-Africa, locals were beaten and seven protestors are currently held in custody 'in appalling conditions' ...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0522-hance_congo_conflict.html

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