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Muara Tae videoblog: The death of a forest

It’s the colours and the sounds that are most striking. We had spent two days walking through lush, verdant forest – the last ancestral forests of Muara Tae. The close, varied greens teeming with life could not have stood in greater contrast to the landscape that now stood in front of us. A monochrome, muddy yellow […]

Amazon whale meat campaign: going behind the scenes

What a difference a day makes. On Tuesday morning, we released our report Amazon.com’s Unpalatable Profits and launched our campaign to urge internet giant Amazon to remove all whale products from its wholly owned subsidiary Amazon Japan. To say the response was overwhelming is to put it mildly. Tens of thousands of people around the […]

Thailand needs support to end the rosewood robbery

We don’t have offices in Southeast Asia, but it’s an area we’ve worked in for many years and the home base for many of our partners. Being in Bangkok this week for the annual INTERPOL meeting on environmental crime, we took the opportunity to host a panel discussion at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand, […]

After ivory, a legal rhino horn trade will only cause harm

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) is an international agreement signed by 175 governments, including one of the world’s major markets for illegal wildlife products – China. The international trade in elephant ivory and rhino horn is forbidden under CITES and, after a brief respite from poaching during the 1980s and ’90s, […]

Good news for tigers shows we’re on the right path

It can be a long week/month/year/decade (delete as appropriate) when you’re constantly confronted with bad news and the terrible things that we are doing to life on this planet. It can often seem like a never-ending uphill battle. And, well, that’s what it is, but every now and again you get some news that gives […]

‘That’s my river you’ve taken! Go away, this is our land!’

“If you walk down through the forest, you will walk past our nursery and then you will see the river. You can take a bath there and we can eat dinner afterwards,” said Pak Asuy, a village elder of Muara Tae. Deep in the interior of East Kalimantan, we were there to meet up with […]

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