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We believe that this action is urgent to protect the tropical hardwood kwila (also known as merbau) from becoming extinct and to protect the old growth forest of West Papua, the third largest tract of tropical forest in the world.
"The illegal trade of merbau is symptomatic of the wider problems and the governance failure in the forest sector in Indonesia," Newman told reporters.
An undercover probe by the independent Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and local group Telapak found rampant smuggling of merbau, a valuable hardwood found mainly in
Merbau or Bayong = which provides more bass response? from what i know, merbau is a very dense wood. some i heard were salvaged from old houses and churches. junx said, of all the local wood, it has the closest tonal response to indian rosewood.
The article reports that a Chinese company has asked the Indonesian government for permission to establish a timber processing factory in Indonesia's Papua province to produce 800,000 cubic meters of merbau timber in time for the Olympic games to be held in Bejing.
(03 / 23 / 2006) Consumers in the United States are being mislead as to the origin of merbau hardwood flooring being sold by Home Depot and Lowe's.
And they were merbau logs, a highly vulnerable species of hardwood that also fetches a high price.
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