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POLITICAL CORRUPTION: Peru Admits Timber Certificates Faked in Secret Cable

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Peru's government has secretly admitted that 70-90% of its mahogany exports were illegally felled, according to a US embassy cable revealed by Wikileaks.


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Barbara Erdman (63)
Friday March 4, 2011, 12:16 am
another Wikileaks Surprise :0 noted and thanx Cal

Raluca Anghel (84)
Friday March 4, 2011, 12:44 am
noted, thanks!

Cristina M (137)
Friday March 4, 2011, 1:33 am
I really like about Wikileaks that informs what we're not supposed to know. Sadly the forests are the victims of corruptions and with them the whole environment.

Friday March 4, 2011, 1:56 am
I wandered into an up-market furniture and household goods store the other day. It is beloved of the "Green" brigade and advertises "Green" credentials at any opportunity. On sale were floors full of hardwood cupboards, tables, chests of draws, fancy lamp stands and carvings big and small. I recognised Brazilian Cherry (Jatobá), Walnut (Ipé), Teak (Cumaru), Santos Mahogany (Cabreuva). African Mahogany (Khaya nyasica), Panga Panga (Millettia stuhlmannii), Afzelia (Afzelia quanzensis) and that is long before we get on to the Asian hardwoods. I can guarantee that the same well-heeled customers who buy these products (made in China and other Asian lands) will happily dip their hands in their pockets when they are collecting for victims of flooding in South America, Mozambique, Bangladesh, Pakistan, India. They will lack the common sense and logical ability to see the connection between the hardwood furniture in their house and the floods in Asia, S America and Africa. They will with the help of the media put it down to “Global Warming” and refuse to acknowledge that the deforestation generated by their irresponsible buying power causes the run-off that leads to these floods. Certificates of origin for hardwoods are the easiest thing in the world to forge or create. A 14 year old with a PC and a decent printer can become an expert in a few hours!

Carol H (229)
Friday March 4, 2011, 4:03 am
noted, thanks Cal

AWAY AWHILE Cal Mendelsohn (1065)
Friday March 4, 2011, 5:40 am

Mike S (86)
Friday March 4, 2011, 11:44 am
If politicians are involved, you know something crooked is going on. Noted and thanks Cal.

Saturday March 5, 2011, 5:16 am
Come on chaps let's grow up a little here, we know politicians and government officials bend the rules every time there is a chance of a quick buck, but why is it that I seem to be the only one on these blogs to point at ad nauseum that we can personally make a difference by taking some responsibility for our own personal purchasing choices.

Guy Kimble (2)
Sunday March 6, 2011, 11:49 pm
No Surprise!

Past Member (0)
Monday March 7, 2011, 7:25 am
Who buys mahogany today?
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