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To: Trade Me Ltd.

TRADE ME – Say No to KWILA

TRADE ME – Say No to KWILA

Dear Trade Me, we are asking you to immediately stop allowing the endangered rainforest timber kwila/merbau to be traded on your site.

Why is this important?

Kwila/merbau is a rainforest species under threat in West Papua, south east Asia and other parts of the Pacific.

Most of it is illegally or unsustainably logged and most certifications for its origins are unreliable. It is sold mainly for decking timber and outdoor furniture on Trade Me. The impact of illegal or unsustainable logging of this species on forests, biodiversity and local communities has been tragic.

Kwila grows sparsely across forests and logging destroys the surrounding forest as well as this endangered tree. Communities who live within forests are losing their homes, food basket and resources which have been sustained for more than 60,000 years. Forests containing illegally logged kwila are being replaced palm oil/palm kernel plantations and rice fields. The removal of these forests is contributing to climate chaos.

There are alternative decking timbers grown in Aotearoa such as eucalyptus, and composite products for outdoor use which are very hard wearing.

In 2011 we had an agreement with your Chief Executive to stop the trading of kwila on your website unless it was FSC or PEFC certificated, which strictly limited the trading. We accepted this agreement a starting point and we were very proud that your organisation was ready to do the right thing. We believed it was a very positive example of how a company could demonstrate ethical trading policies and play a role in reducing illegal rain forest logging.

This agreement was honoured until about 4 years ago.

In the last two years we have written to TradeMe leadership asking for a meeting to discuss why Trade Me has breached the agreement we made and is now allowing kwila from many sources to be sold on your site. We received no response. We have protested outside TradeMe's Auckland office and have received no response. We believe it is in the interest of Trade Me as an ethical trading site to lead the way on protecting the environment, both for a good reputation and for the benefits that come from cleaning up illegal logging.

Therefore this petition asks for immediate action to protect kwila. Please stop this unethical trade on your site.

Led by West Papua Action National Network

How NZ decking timber choices compound a human rights crisis in West Papua, Jul 9, 2018 - https://thespinoff.co.nz/society/22-02-2019/how-nz-decking-timber-choices-compound-a-human-rights-crisis-in-west-papua/

Updates

2020-05-20 17:45:41 +1200

100 signatures reached

2020-05-16 00:06:11 +1200

50 signatures reached

2020-05-13 22:54:04 +1200

25 signatures reached

2020-05-13 17:05:56 +1200

10 signatures reached