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An independent observer of the Forest Stewartship Council

The FSC in picturesTags: Worldwide, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Slovakia, South Africa, Swaziland, USA

It is customary in many organisations to give out-going staff a photo-album showing the person's accomplishments, for them to cherish in future years. We can't do that for Heiko Liedeker, who is finally departing as FSC Executive Director, but what we would like to do with this posting is to show some of what has gone so badly wrong in the past - and what we expect the new Executive Director to put right.

We invite our readers to submit any other photographs that they would like to contribute!

Click on the image for an even clearer picture of what FSC has certified...[Continue]

The people or the paper industry?Tags: South Africa, Plantations

Press release from Geasphere, South Africa:

21 September, 2007

The Constitution says we are all entitled to water, and when the choice becomes necessary, who does the forestry industry think will win - the people or the paper industry?" Simon Evered, White River

Today, on the International Day against Monoculture Tree Plantations - we appeal to the delegates of the current Stellenbosch 'FSC plantations certification symposium' NOT to endorse and promote the high impact monoculture plantation model through FSC certification...[Continue]

FSC-certified plantations suck Sudwala caves dryTags: South Africa, Plantations

Philip Owen of Geasphere in South Africa circulated this statement and article about the impacts of Sappi's FSC-certified plantations on the water flow in the Sudwala Caves.

Here's what Sappi's plantations look like - it's difficult to imagine that anything could be more of a monoculture:

Sappi_plantations

Dear FSC Stakeholders

With the International Symposium on Plantation certification to be held in Stellenboch, South Africa later this month I would like to direct your attention to the following matter...[Continue]

See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evilTags: Guyana, South Africa, FSC Secretariat, SGS Qualifor

A couple of weeks ago, FSC-Watch received this email from Wally Menne of TimberWatch in South Africa. It raises an interesting point - the FSC International Secretariat produces almost exclusively good news, no matter what is happening in the outside world. So far, Wally has not received either a reply or an acknowledgment of his email. We will, of course, be happy to post FSC's response when it appears.

Subject: RE: [FSCmembership] [N&N] News & Notes Annual Review 2006
From: Wally Menne
Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2007 18:38:00 +0200
To: <....>, <....>

Dear Uta

Thank you for the News & Notes Annual Review 2006...[Continue]

South African NGOs renew call for suspension of plantation certificates: "massive cost to the environment"Tags: South Africa, Plantations, All certifiers

The following Open Letter to David Nahwegahbow, Chair of the Forest Stewardship Council, has been submitted by Philip Owen of Geasphere .

Re: Certification of Industrial Timber Plantations in South Africa

Dear Mr. David Nahwegahbow

I look to you for guidance and advice. I represent a organization opposed to the further expansion of Industrial Timber Plantations (ITP's)in Southern Africa and elsewhere.

We firmly believe that ITP's comes at a massive cost to the natural and social environment, and that these costs have not been quantified...[Continue]

Selling South Africa's Forests down the Elands RiverTags: South Africa, Plantations, Mixed sources labelling, SGS Qualifor

The following article first appeared in noseweek, December, 2005

With the year-end silly season just around the bend, NoseArk have turned our collective thoughts towards trees. Christmas trees, as you might have guessed.

A long-lost hippy connection of ours, last seen farming dirt under his toenails in the Eastern Cape, once told us that the reason pine trees came to be associated with Christmas was because, in northern Europe, they shelter hallucinogenic mushrooms...[Continue]

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