VICTORY! Closer to Ending Congo’s Ancient Rainforest Logging
The Democratic Republic of Congo is closer to ending ancient rainforest logging [ark], as some 60% of logging contracts on nearly 13 million hectares of forest have been canceled. A long delayed review of 156 logging deals, aimed at stamping out corruption and enforcing minimum legal and environmental standards, found that only 65 were “viable”.
On several occasions EcoInternet's Earth Action Network has hastened this process with timely protest alerts [1, 2, 3] exposing World Bank forest corruption and successfully demanding the review, and we share with many others in this victory. While it is heartening that the World Bank has facilitated this logging concession review, it is sad that they and so many others still cling to the myth that industrial logging of millions of year old primeval ecosystems can ever benefit the Earth's climate and biodiversity, or local peoples.
The industrial destruction of natural ecosystems must end for our shared survival. Please continue to participate in the Earth Action Network and support ecological protest action that matters.