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Jakarta Post

A decade of regional cooperation to fight illegal logging

  • Jack Hurd and Wahjudi Wardojo

    The Jakarta Post

Beijing   /   Fri, November 11 2011   /  08:37 am

Green economy. Green products. Green solutions.

These are but a few of the phrases that get tossed around with increased regularity as marketers seek to associate their products and their causes with the environment.

But in the environmental context, green really means one thing: forests. Forests have come to stand as a near-universal symbol for nature and the environmental movement. They even speak to the increasing percentage of the global population that lives in cities, who are far more dependent on forests than they perhaps realize.

This connection — between people and forests — underpins the second Asia Pacific Forestry Week taking place from Nov. 7-11 in Beijing (and is also the theme of the 2011 UN-declared International Year of Forests).

Roughly 1,000 people — ranging from government officials, corporate executives, academics and civil society ...