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24 March 2011 DAFF11/105L Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, has today referred draft legislation to ban the importation of illegally logged timber to a Senate Standing Committee. The Government’s legislation will discourage illegal logging by making it an offence to import or process any timber product that has been sourced unlawfully. “Illegal logging is a source of unfair competition to the Australian industry.
Rangga D. Fadillah, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Headlines | Fri, April 01 2011, 8:00 AM Moratorium now!: Environmental activists stage a demonstration outside the office of the Coordinating Minister for the Economy in Jakarta on Thursday, demanding that the government do more to halt deforestation and protect the environment and the people who depended on forests.Antara/Fanny Octavianus International aid programs intended to curb the expansion of forest-related industries in Indonesia will likely deprive the country of an opportunity to create 3.5 million new jobs annually and reduce export revenues, a new report claims. A report by the NGO World Growth released Thursday concluded that programs backed by international aid agencies including USAID and high-profile environmental groups such as Greenpeace and the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) aimed at curbing forest conversion for commercial purposes would significantly hurt Indonesia’s economy.
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A North Coast forestry company, Clarence Resources Pty Ltd, has been convicted and fined $5000 by the Grafton Local Court for cutting down 7 mature native trees on land at Prior's Road, Coramba near Coffs Harbour contrary to the Native Vegetation Act 2003. The company pleaded guilty to the offence. In addition to the fine it was ordered to pay $500 in prosecutor's costs. The Court was told that the trees were cut down as part of a private native forestry harvesting operation.
In 1992-93, 168 countries including Australia and New Zealand signed the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) acknowledging an urgent need to halt ongoing decline in the planet’s biodiversity.