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Culture minister chastises Valdres Folk Museum. Meranti decision stirs troubled waters. “It’s completely unacceptable that they use rainforest trees,” Anniken Huitfeldt, Labour’s Minister of Culture tells NRK. Her remarks about the board’s highly controversial money-saving decision to use Meranti timber from Indonesia and Malaysia on the inside of its new multi-million kroner public reception building come on top of censure by the Norwegian Rainforest Foundation and National Association of Norwegian Architects.

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Culture minister chastises Valdres Folk Museum

Published on Monday, 10th May, 2010 at 22:41 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Meranti decision stirs troubled waters.

Anniken Huitfeldt, Minister of Culture
Anniken Huitfeldt, Minister of Culture
Photo: Justis- og politidepartement/Flickr


“It’s completely unacceptable that they use rainforest trees,” Anniken Huitfeldt, Labour’s Minister of Culture tells NRK.

Her remarks about the board’s highly controversial money-saving decision to use Meranti timber from Indonesia and Malaysia on the inside of its new multi-million kroner public reception building come on top of censure by the Norwegian Rainforest Foundation and National Association of Norwegian Architects.

Meranti is on the IUCN’s (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List of Threatened Species.

“It’s an obvious paradox when a museum for the preservation of local culture uses material that contributes to destroying the livelihoods and culture of people living in rainforest areas,” Nils Hermann Ranum, head of policy at the Foundation’s, said earlier today.

Despite apologies and excuses by Museum Director Torveig Dahl, there are regulations forbidding the use of tropical timber in public buildings.

“I propose Nordal municipality now draws up some ethical guidelines to prevent this happening again,” says Huitfeldt.



Published on Monday, 10th May, 2010 at 22:41 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: anniken, huitfeldt, culture, minister, valdres, folk, museum, meranti, wood, tropical, rainforest, ethics, foundation, building.





  
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