Good job bringing this to light. People won't realise how huge the problem is and municipalities are woefully ill equipped to...
Agreed; mining can never be sustainable, but then how do you get the metals to make all the things you need in the course of...
Very good piece.
THE proposals for a global forest treaty were strongly opposed by southern NGOs, including the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), New Delhi, at the fourth meeting of the Inter-governmental Panel on Forests (IPF-4) comprising more than 70 nations, which ended in New York on February 21. The IPF was formed following the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, and its mandate was to evolve an
international treaty on forest management. The recommendations will be finalised by the Commission on
Sustainable Development and submitted to the UN General Assembly for ratification later this year.
Canada and 15 European Union countries have taken the lead in proposing a binding international treaty which would regulate activities like timber trade. A few developing countries like Malaysia, Indonesia and Uganda are also supporting this proposal. However, other developing nations such as Brazil
say this is a bid by "loggers and traders to greenwash and promote their activities". One of the most debated issues at IPF-4 was whether to regard forests as national property or as global resource. Brazil, China and India, backed by other G-77 nations, argued that the problem was one of enacting and enforcing national legislation and, therefore, not open for discussion at the international level.
Although the treaty was supported by a few NGOs, a majority of environmental NGOs opposed it. A declaration by 23 groups belonging to several developing countries says, "A forest convention negotiated at this time will fail to address the predatory and unethical behaviour of transnational industrial
A CSE statement on the issue says, "The global forest convention will mean global policing of, the tropical forests. ...Such a measure will only act against the basic interests of forest dwellers and
indigenous populations, who are dependent on forests but have little say in the national and international decision-making processes regarding management of forests." CSE director, Anil Agarwal says, "It will not stop deforestation. Forests will continue to deplete under the garb of technocratic rules for 'sustainable' commercial logging".