01 Mar '12, 6pm

National Geographic linked to rainforest destruction

National Geographic linked to rainforest destruction

Investigation links APP to illegal logging of protected trees (03/01/2012) A year-long undercover investigation has found evidence of Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) companies cutting and pulping legally protected ramin trees, a practice that violates both Indonesian and international law. Found largely in Sumatra's peatswamp forests, the logging of ramin trees (in the genus Gonystylus) has been banned in Indonesia since 2001; the trees are also listed under Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and thus require special permits to export. The new allegations come after APP, an umbrella paper brand, has lost several customers due to its continued reliance on pulp from rainforest and peatland forests in Sumatra. Some toilet paper production destroys Indonesian rainforests, endangering tigers and elephants (02/09/2012) American consumers...

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