Tasmanian Pulp Mill Finance Stalled

ANZ and Prime Minister Rudd support ancient forest logging in AustraliaAustralian media reports “Plans for Tasmania's controversial $2 billion pulp mill are dead [ark | search]… following reports the ANZ bank will pull out of funding the project.” ANZ has not yet publicly confirmed the decision, yet should they do so, this would be a tremendous victory for the ancient forest protection movement.
Let's hope this is more than Green wishful thinking. Yet, clearly the Gunns' much maligned Tasmanian pulp mill proposal [alert] — the focus of protest by many including EcoInternet's Earth Action Network — is facing troubles as its construction is much delayed. We have protested the mill on half a dozen occasions over past years, most lately targeting ANZ funding apparently with some impact. We must intensify protests until Australian ancient forest logging ends.
Ancient forest logging releases vast carbon stores [search] at great expense to the climate. The Australian government must end its ridiculous double-standard regarding international and domestic forest protection in regard to climate.

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  1. sofearinozat says:

    growing population, forest continue to be under tremendous pressure both for forest produce as well as for forest lands. Consequent upon reorganization during the year the State is divided into 281 (221 Forest and 60 Wildlife) Ranges, 1001 Sections and 3674 Beats. The average forest area per Beat comes to 15.82 Sq.Kms. for a Forest Section, 58.07 Sq.Kms. and for a Range 206.88 Sq. Kms which is quite high from the management point of view. This puts a heavy burden on the shoulders of the Forest Staff responsible for protection of the forests in addition to other developmental activities.
    Illegal removal of forest produces is largely confined to some particularly vulnerable areas, such as the forests on the basin of River Mahanadi spread over Sambalpur, Angul, Cuttack, Nayagarh and Boudh districts, Similipal forests in Mayurbhanj district, the forest of Rayagada, Koraput and Malkangiri Districts in Orissa -Andhra Pradesh Border and the forest corridor in the Inter state Orissa-Jharkhand and Orissa-Chhatisgarh Border.
    The Forest Department has been keeping a close vigil over forest offences and taking action to bring the offenders to book. During 2008-09 ill oct 08.The forest offence cases booked offenders involved, timber and forest produce seized and cases booked under section 56 and put to confiscation proceedings in the State are as follows:-
    Total Number of forest offence cases booked .. 35302
    Number of offenders involved .. 30326
    Quantity of timber seized ..3717.7215 cum
    Value of all forest produce seized (Rs.) .. 293.4Lakh
    Number of cases booked aginst tribals under Section 56 .. 9111
    Number of cases droped aginst tribals under Section 56 .. 9103
    19 Units of APR Forces have been detailed for different Forest/Wild life Divisions of the State for the purpose of Forest Protection. These 19 units comprise of 260 Nos. of Police personnel including 20 S.Is., 14 A.S.Is 19 Havildars and 207 Constables.
    In addition, the Central Reserve police Force( C.R.P.F.) has been deployed in the Dhuanali and Barbara of Reserve Forest area of Khurda Forest Division which is a patch of rich and unique Forest with Teak Plantations from the pre-independence times. The experience has been encouraging. A proposal for constitution of Orissa States Forests Protection Force in selected vulnerable areas was also submitted to the State Govt.
    208 Forest Check gates are functioning in the State to regulate the transit of forest produce.821 VHF sets have been installed in different territorial ranges, Sections and other vulnerable areas and 277 walky talky used during mobile duty . Besides, 641 Guns and 189 Revolvers have also been supplied to the field staff. For effective use of arms, draft rules " Use of Firearms by Forest Officers" have been submitted to the State Government.
    In addition to the above measures, the State has also adopted the policy of Joint forest Management (JFM) and has involved the local villagers in protection and management of the degraded forests.
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