17
Jun
2005

KEY OLD GROWTH SAVED IN TASMANIA BUT THE FIGHT CONTINUES

-Greenpeace thanks you for taking action to protect the Tasmanian Old-growth forests-

Sakyo at Global rescue station © Greenpeace

© Murayama Yoshiaki

Take action!
//www.greenpeace.or.jp/cyberaction/tasmania/form_en_html?updh

Slide show
//www.greenpeace.or.jp/campaign/forests/tasmania/slide3/slide_en_html?ph=s01

"With the voices from more than 15,000 Cyberactivists, the 400-year-old giant tree that we sat -in for five months has been protected. However, logging and clear cutting of old growth forests will still continue under this agreement despite the Australian people's desire to see the rapid phase out of old growth logging. Japanese markets still have the responsibility to take measures to avoid buying ancient forest destruction." Greenpeace Japan volunteer activist, Sakyo Noda.

In November, 2003, Greenpeace launched the Global Rescue Station in the Styx Valley of Tasmania, Australia to protect the world's tallest hardwood tree and the forest biodiversity. Greenpeace activists, including Sakyo Noda, sit-in at the Global Rescue Station for five months called on - international markets to take actions to protect the Tasmanian Old-growth forests. Also, you acted as a cyber-activist to - demanded that the Japanese paper market stop buying Tasmanian ancient forest destruction.

After the pressure and actions, recently the Australian Government has agreed to protection for some of the world's tallest hardwoods, the giant "Eucalyptus Regnans." Without the work of Greenpeace, other organizations and your action, these trees were all marked for being cut.

However, old growth logging in the state has not been phased yet and will continue at the rate of 2600 hectares per year. There is still more that remains to be done.

It is still important for customers, in the international market place, to know that the fight to protect the old growth forests of Tasmania is not over yet despite the Australian Government's announcement. The customers involvement in this problem, by demanding products that continue to drive the destruction, will be noted by Greenpeace and other groups.

THE DEAL - THE GOOD AND THE BAD

The deal on Tasmanian forests announced by Prime Minister Howard means the following:

* 120,000 hectares of old growth has been protected with only 58,000 hectares in formal reserves. Much of the rest is in streamside, steep slopes and skylines that could never be cut under forest management rules. It was hoped that total of 240,000hectares would have been protected.

* In the North Styx valley, a key area where giant eucalyptus trees grow up to 90 metres, 4,210 hectares has been protected, including the coup where Greenpeace had occupied a giant tree called Gandalf's Staff for over five months. It was hoped that 18,700 hectares would have been protected.

* Clear felling will be reduced to 20% of all the old growth logging in Tasmania

* Important old growth forests in the North East of Tasmania (Blue Tier, Great Western Tiers, Ben Lomond) remains open to logging

Greenpeace Japan continues the work to call for Japanese paper markets to have a procurement policy for paper products that avoids buying ancient forest destruction. Through the Greenpeace activities, Fuji Xerox and Canon have stated their procurement policy on paper products. They now needs to implement this policy.

Please send your message to the Japanese paper companies to protect Tasmanian forests. Act now!
//www.greenpeace.or.jp//cyberaction/tasmania/form_en_html?updh

You can help save ancient forest. Support Greenpeace Japan forest protection activities today!
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