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Eco Timber: The Greenpeace Good Wood Guide

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on June 26th, 2009

Source: GreenRazor, the GreenPages Newsletter #88

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Agroforestry plot, Ethiopia; image: treesftf via Flickr

This week, TV presenter and ambassador for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Jamie Durie helped launch the new Greenpeace Good Wood Guide and a Joint Statement on illegal logging at the Sydney Theatre Company.   The Good Wood Guide is an online guide for builders, designers, architects and DIY enthusiasts on where to find FSC certified and eco timber. The launch also served as a joint initiative of Bunnings, major timber importer Simmonds and a host of other industry and non-government organisations in the call to halt illegal timber imports and encourage Australians to buy legally sourced timber.

Every year, Australia imports approximately $400 million worth of illegal timber products and the rate of illegal logging in our region is amongst the highest in the world. Illegal logging is linked to loss of livelihoods, irreversible biodiversity loss and devastating deforestation- a major contribution to global climate change. The Good Wood Guide serves as a practical and engaging tool for both industry and consumers.

Source: GreenRazor, the GreenPages Newsletter #88

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