The Dangerous Myth of “Sustainable Logging” in Ancient Rainforests
After a couple decades and billions of dollars invested in “sustainable rainforest management”, the ITTO reports less than 5% of tropical rainforest logging areas meet their limited definition of sustainability. Their questionable methods account little for ecological processes and patterns, instead focusing upon continued wood yields. The ridiculousness of ITTO's position is demonstrated by claims that Malaysian loggers, a global rainforest scourge, have made the “greatest progress in sustainable management”.
Groups such as Greenpeace, WWF and Rainforest Action Network that unquestioningly embrace and promote the dangerous wishful myth that ancient primary rainforests can in any manner be meaningfully protected through “sustainable logging” should by now be totally discredited and ashamed of themselves. And this goes for foundations as well.
The Earth's remaining large ancient forest expanses must be protected and restored as “Global Ecological Reserves”, and the means found to compensate countries for lost logging revenues, if the Earth's climate, biodiversity and ecosystem crises are to be solved. Continued rainforest logging precludes any chance of the Earth and human societies achieving global ecological sustainability, and it must end.
EcoInternet calls not only for a boycott of tropical timbers, but also of the organizations supporting and thus legitimizing the dangerous myth of sustainable logging in ancient rainforests.