The endangered hardwood kwila, also known as merbau, is running out of time in the West Papuan rainforests. In spite of several campaigns and environmental reports, the wood is still a popular buy in New Zealand, reports Marcus Bank for Asia-Pacific Journalism.
Report – By Marcus Bank
Within a decade, kwila hardwood forests will no longer exist, says environmental advocate Bustar Maitar, global head of Greenpeace’s Indonesian forest campaign.
He has recently returned from Indonesian-ruled West Papua, from where New Zealand imports most of its kwila.
“The pressure on kwila has increased over the last years. It is very concerning,” he says. “The market is growing and the forests can’t stand the pressure.” Read more »