Environment groups urge Nippon Paper to scrap Victorian timber from supply chain

In a letter to the Japanese company, activists call for rapid transition to products sourced from plantations and recycled fibre

More than 40 Australian environment groups have called on Japan’s Nippon Paper Group to remove timber logged in Victoria’s native forests from its supply chain in the aftermath of bushfires and a landmark judgment that found a government forestry agency repeatedly breached conservation regulations.

It comes as a legal injunction halted VicForests’s operations in a further 14 coupes in the state’s central highlands and amid growing pressure for a statutory review of Australia’s national environment laws to reconsider the industry-wide exemption for logging.

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