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Security of critical tiger habitats must be a priority

This week I’m in Delhi attending a “stocktaking” conference as a follow-up to the Global Tiger Recovery Programme. As they did last year, the Tiger Range Country governments will be reporting on actions implemented against their “to do” lists. The process is still very much one of self-assessment, in the absence of any agreed monitoring […]

Spreading the e-word – are you a clicktivist for EIA?

My name’s Ben and I’m new here at the Environmental Investigation Agency. Already, I’m amazed and bemused in equal measure by the inner workings of this place. The office can go from a vibrant hive of activity, with the phone ringing off the hook, to a complete ghost town in the space of 24 hours, […]

Activist’s killing a challenge to oppose a violent, corrupt trade

Prominent Cambodian environmental and human rights activist Chut Wutty was shot dead on Wednesday. He was killed in Koh Kong province, in the south-west of the country, while documenting the illegal logging that is decimating forests across the Mekong. Wutty, who was 48 and founder of the Natural Resource Protection Group, led a lengthy and […]

Ozone meeting shows a trend in the right direction

I spent last week in Canada attending one of the regular meetings of the Montreal Protocol’s Multilateral Fund (MLF), the body established to help developing countries meet their commitments under the global ozone treaty. The Montreal Protocol celebrates its 25th anniversary this September and the MLF’s Executive Committee meets two to three times a year, […]

Time to call China to account for ivory trade failures

If you watched the BBC Panorama documentary Ivory Wars:  Out of Africa last night (April 12), you will probably have had one of two kinds of reaction.  One might have been shock, enlightenment, disbelief or revulsion at this ‘new’ development. Or perhaps, like me, it was one of frustration and impotence. The programme documents the […]

Exposing forest ‘untouchables’ is as important as ever

It’s a long weekend here in the UK and many people will be taking this time to sit back and recharge their batteries. A lot of you may even be going to, or watching, a football match – if that’s your plan, just think about this for a moment: “Every two seconds, across the world, […]

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