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FME 1998

In 1998, FME was held in March in a beautiful castle in Heemskerk, a town close to Amsterdam. It was hosted by (Friends of the Earth Netherlands).

The main topics discussed were:

  • EC aid to tropical forests
  • World Bank (including the forest policy review)
  • Shrimp farming and the destruction of mangrove forests
  • World Resources Institute setting up a forest information project called the Global Forest Watch  

Urgent action alerts were on the following issues:

  • Malaysia (Sarawak)
  • The Amazon
  • Gabon
  • Surinam/Guyana
  • Indonesia: The merger of two huge pulp and paper companies April and UPM