A big welcome to our two latest members.
We are delighted to be joined by Global Witness, whose campaigning against natural resource-related conflict and corruption and associated environmental and human rights abuses is an inspiration. Their membership reinforces the breadth of our network, and supports our strong commitment to social responsibility as well as environmental issues. Without addressing human rights, we will never resolve the threats to the world’s forests.
We are equally delighted to welcome Look East Wild Earth, a small UK-based charity that forges links and shares environmental information with activists in Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. One of the priorities set by the EEPN at our most recent gathering was to address the impacts of the paper industry in the boreal region, and we are particularly worried about the rumours we are hearing about new pulp mill developments in the Russian Far East and Siberia. We hope that the expertise of Look East Wild Earth will help us to reach out across the Ural Mountains.
We look forward to working with both of these new organisations.