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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 34 n° 316

Posts Tagged ‘World Wide Fund for Nature’

New Report: WWF’s Failing Credibility

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 12 giugno 2012

Melbourne, Australia – The pro-development NGO, World Growth, today released a new report, which concludes WWF is wholly out of touch with the real world. The report – Is WWF Delusional? – was released as part of World Growth’s “Road to Rio” series ahead of the Rio +20 Conference for Sustainable Development. The report argues that WWF wants the global economy shaped by ecology, not economics, and justifies this with models built on flights of fancy, not science, and numbers that are factually inaccurate.World Growth Chairman Ambassador Alan Oxley released the following statement:”While world leaders grapple with the biggest global economic crisis in 80 years, WWF seems to be living in another world, arguing that the world must reduce consumption and production. All this will do is make life more miserable for hundreds of millions of people and reduce the capacity of governments to address real environmental problems” said Ambassador Oxley.
Ambassador Oxley said the World Growth report shows WWF is following its long-standing practice of misrepresenting facts and producing supposedly technical reports to advance its broad environmental ambitions and political positions, not demonstrate environmental damage.He said it also shows WWF has shrugged off any pretence of being mainstream and has positioned itself with the radical ecological wing of the environment movement.“WWF has used unsupportable data to repackage in today’s language the Malthusian fear that over-population will deplete resources and food stocks, and the discredited assumption of the Club of Rome five decades ago that the world will run out of resources,” the World Growth report states.“The facts are that since 1992, global management of the environment has improved markedly. There has been a marked reduction of toxic effluents, major improvement in management of the environmental impacts of industrial and resource industries, adoption of sustainable management practices in agricultural and resource industries and a significant expansion of conservation reserves globally. To reduce poverty and to improve the environment, the world needs more prosperity, not less.”
World Growth is an international non-governmental organization established to expand the research, information, advocacy, and other resources to improve the economic conditions and living standards in developing and transitional countries. At World Growth, we embrace the age of globalization and the power of free trade to eradicate poverty and create jobs and opportunities. World Growth supports the production of palm oil and the use of forestry as a means to promote economic growth, reduce poverty and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. World Growth believes a robust cultivation of palm oil and forestry provides an effective means of environmental stewardship that can serve as the catalyst for increasing social and economic development. For more information on World Growth, visit http://www.worldgrowth.org.

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WWF’s Tanzanian Travails: Time For Answers?

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 19 Maggio 2012

Tanzania 41

Tanzania 41 (Photo credit: al_green)

We usually read the UK’s Daily Telegraph for the excellent prose of James Delingpole, but we thoroughly enjoyed the piece that Christopher Booker has produced on WWF. Booker correctly points out that WWF has become a “strange body,” morphing away from its original roots concerned with animal protection to become something akin to a multi-national corporation: “the richest and most influential environmental lobbying organisation in the world.” We’d certainly agree that WWF clearly no longer has animal welfare at the top of its agenda. All the evidence shows that WWF is now acting as some kind of benign version of Greenpeace bent on reducing tr ade opportunities for the world’s poor through a conservation at all costs agenda.But we were also heartened to see Booker go to the core of WWF’s credibility, picking up the organization’s recent debacle in Tanzania, an issue the Consumers Alliance’s Andrew Langer recently wrote about in the Washington Times. As Booker correctly points out, not only did WWF fail to prevent widespread fraud and malfeasance in Tanzania, but the entire project it had been paid to undertake was nothing short of a catastrophe. And yet WWF still appears to have learned no lessons. Rather than ordering a speedy investigation, WWF claims that its findings from the Tanzania scandal will be released “in due course,” often an expression used by a tainted politician to kick an issue into the weeds. This is all very concerning. Given the amount of money that WWF receives from taxpayers, it’s nothing short of a scandal that the organization has failed to provide a comprehensive explanation into its Tanzanian travails.

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WWF “Misrepresents” Data On Singapore

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 3 aprile 2012

Singapore and surroundings

Singapore and surroundings (Photo credit: The Shifted Librarian)

For years Singapore has either topped or finished in the top three of the Heritage Foundation’s ‘Index of Economic Freedom.’ Not only is Singapore one of the global leaders for attracting investment, but it’s Economic Miracle has naturally made it a target for greens who despise innovation, aspiration and wealth creation. It therefore came as little surprise that Singapore would be targeted b y WWF. Despite Singapore’s stellar environmental reputation, WWF released a report claiming that the country was the highest emitter in the Asia-Pacific region, pinning the majority of the blame on business and industry. Do we need any more evidence of WWF’s real objectives? However, the government in Singapore shot back at WWF, with the prime minister claiming that WWF’s report “seriously misrepresents the situation.” The main issue of contention pertains to WWF’s methodology, with the government claiming that the organization had compiled its report using flawed data. In their report, WWF “counts emissions from goods that a country imports as attributed to that country.” However, the government of Singapore, which uses a methodology endorsed by the United Nations, only counts emissions that “are attributed to the country producing those goods.” So what has WWF done? They are effectively double-counting emissions, attributing the same emissions from production to both exporting and importing countries. What better way to prove a political point by distorting facts? And following similar, legislative efforts by the EU to impose distortive emissions assessments on imported products and services, this reflects a rising trend from protectionists to manipulate environmental criteria to justify trade barriers. Thus, WWF has done its utmost to create a fresh methodology that creates a skewed outcome and obfuscates Singapore’s real emissions. This lends a whole new meaning to the adage, “the ends justify the means.” Nice try WWF.

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WWF strategy – markets controlled, not market driven

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 23 marzo 2012

Voluntary certification systems have been touted for a long time by WWF to demonstrate that they were pro-market & market-friendly. So far none of the WWW sponsored systems have won market support. Consumers will not pay the cost of the “sustainability premium”. The WWF strategy now is to capture and direct the markets and dictate to consumers and producers; and to pressure governments to regulate compliance with their systems.
As in the climate change debate, it became a mantra in WWF marketing to business to emphasis it relied on market instruments to advance its sustainability goals. It was always bogus. At the heart of every WWF strategy lay the determination to regulate compliance with environmental goals.WWF used to argue that its forestry certification system, the genesis of RSPO and other systems, would assist producers because environmentally aware consumers would pay premium for products endorsed as sustainable. This has not happened and today WWF has dropped this line.The uptake of its certification systems, despite the marketing hype, has been poor. The biggest system, the Forest Stewardship Council, only certifies half the forestry of the world’s leading system the Program for Evaluation of Forest Certification. That system, unlike FSC, is not controlled by NGOs.
Companies which join the WWF sponsored certification systems are either pressured into joining or, once in, find themselves overtime pressured to adopt tougher and tougher standards to which they did not originally subscribe. Some, like Unilever in the case of RSPO, have become activist partners with WWF. Others are encouraged to go along, regularly being presented with attacks on brand names of competitors by other NGOs like Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth, the clear implication being they are at risk of the same thing.RSPO is not financially viable. The current strategy is to use funding from the sale to some of its business members of palm oil certificates to mount a PR campaign, the aim of which from the distance appears to be to pressure corporate members to buy more certified palm oil. (Currently half of the pool of certified oil remains unpurchased).
Now WWF and Unilever are pressuring European Governments to urge the European Commission to lower tariffs on RSPO certified palm oil. The Unilever President of the RSPO has even stated publically that since the market won’t deliver, governments should.
EC trade officials in Brussels will not want to venture into that territory. They will find themselves under challenge in the WTO. Unilever would have understood that once. It was once the leading advocate of free trade in Europe. Today it is advocating “sustainable trade”. This is the talk of aspiring monopolist. No wonder it feels comfortable with the WWF strategy to capture markets.

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Greenpeace, Legambiente e WWf su Porto Tolle

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 13 marzo 2012

«Il progetto più pericoloso e dannoso per il clima, nel nostro Paese, è diventato un progetto fantasma. Ma i fantasmi non sono mai presenze rassicuranti». Così Greenpeace, Legambiente e WWF commentano la scomparsa dei 2,5 miliardi di euro destinati alla conversione a carbone della centrale termoelettrica di Porto Tolle dai piani di investimento di Enel 2012-2016. «Questo annuncio è anche il frutto della forte opposizione al progetto, ma quella che potrebbe sembrare una buona notizia, è solo un grande pasticcio che non serve all’Italia» aggiungono le associazioni. Enel cancella Porto Tolle dal suo piano industriale mentre il suo amministratore delegato continua a contestare magistratura e istituzioni per aver rallentato quello stesso progetto. Sulla conversione a carbone di Porto Tolle, poi, è aperta una formale procedura di Valutazione d’Impatto Ambientale (VIA) presso il Ministero dell’Ambiente. Se da quella procedura Enel ottenesse un parere positivo, che cosa succederebbe? Direbbero ‘scusate, ci siamo sbagliati e vi abbiamo fatto lavorare per nulla’ o estrarrebbero dal cilindro i 2,5 miliardi di euro necessari per quello scempio? Dietro a questo pasticcio dell’Enel si cela forse un trucco. Fino a quando l’azienda non annuncerà formalmente la revoca della richiesta di VIA su Porto Tolle, quel progetto resterà una spada di Damocle su ambiente e clima e troverà la più ferma opposizione delle associazioni. E, comunque, come già successo con la scomparsa del nucleare dai precedenti piani di investimento, speriamo che questo annuncio sia di buon auspicio per il definitivo abbandono del progetto di Porto Tolle.

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WWF says no to tiger protection

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 30 settembre 2011

Forestry

Image by Plan for Opportunity via Flickr

A cable published by Wikileaks from the US embassy in Jakarta has demonstrated one thing: WWF cares more about blacklisting companies than saving animals.
The cable revolves around a tiger conservation program that the US-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) had initially planned to undertake with the Indonesian forestry and paper producer, Asia Pulp and Paper (APP). WCS had planned to train APP staff in assessing tiger populations and undertaking best management practices for conserving tiger populations. According to the cable, APP was responsible for 1.2 million hectares of forest land. But WWF effectively told WCS to walk away from the agreement, despite the protestations of WCS staff, who believed that abandoning the project would have a negative impact on tiger populations. But why would WCS agree to WWF’s demands? Conservation, like anything else, requires large sums of money. WWF is the world’s largest environmental organization. It often partners with WCS, and WWF is in control of the purse strings more often than not. WWF and APP originally commenced joint work on APP’s forestry concessions in 2003. The two groups set out a sustainability action plan with an agreed set of targets. But late in 2003 the agreement fell apart. According to the cable, the falling out was over methodologies and projections. Since then, WWF has lobbied hard against APP, targeting both its customers and the press. WWF went one step further in 2007, lobbying FSC to alter to its rules so that APP could no longer use its certification standard. An analysis of the WWF strategy indicates that this was less about APP changing its habits than a concerted effort to capture the supply chain for paper products. Indonesia has emerged as one of the world’s most competitive large paper producers. The largest Indonesian paper producer is APP. FSC’s ‘dropping’ of APP meant that FSC supporters – such as Greenpeace – could shut APP out of the supply chain simply by lobbying for companies to use Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) paper. This supply chain strategy may have some success in parts of the developed world, where the demand for ‘Green’ products is high. An incarnation of this is currently being seen in Australia, with the emergence of a Greenpeace-backed group called ‘Markets for Change’ (MFC). MFC’s current ambition is to pressure Australia’s largest retailers to cease buying products made from native Australian hardwoods. Such a strategy is less likely to have less success in places like China or India, where habitat conservation is a luxury few companies and consumers are willing to pay for. Yet it is in these markets where growth is occurring. Demand for paper products has flat lined in the Western world. Excess capacity is being shut down. Demand for products without Western sustainability standards will continue to grow in emerging markets. The likely result for an organization like WWF is that it will have difficulty curbing demand for low-cost product and these markets; at the same time, it will have walked away from a legitimate and well-informed attempt to conserve tiger populations.

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Food Security

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 5 settembre 2011

Melbourne, Australia In a new report released today the pro-development NGO, World Growth, exposed the breathtaking ambition of the world’s largest environmental NGO, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), to control global supply chains of vital food products. WWF’s strategy threatens to restrict trade and business and undermines efforts to increase global food supplies. The report – “Abuse of Sustainability Standards – An Attack on Free Trade, Competition and Economic Growth,” shows how WWF and major global food corporations like Unilever are working together to capture markets and dictate food standards in developing countries, while limiting consumer choice in rich countries. World Growth Chairman and former Ambassador to the GATT (the predecessor to the World Trade Organization) Alan Oxley released the following statement:“WWF is working with major global companies to seize control of global supply chains of vital food stuffs under the guise of improving the environment. As a result, farmers in rich and poor countries alike and consumers in rich countries face the prospect of higher prices and limited choice. At a time when global food production should be expanding to meet burgeoning global demand, this strategy will limit production.
World Growth is a non-profit, non-governmental organization established to expand the research, information, advocacy, and other resources to improve the economic conditions and living standards in developing and transitional countries. At World Growth, we embrace the age of globalization and the power of free trade to eradicate poverty and create jobs and opportunities. World Growth supports the production of palm oil and the use of forestry as a means to promote economic growth, reduce poverty and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. World Growth believes a robust cultivation of palm oil and forestry provides an effective means of environmental stewardship that can serve as the catalyst for increasing social and economic development. For more information on World Growth, visit http://www.worldgrowth.org.

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