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China needs new laws to tackle illegal logging

. The Chinese have a saying about drinking poison to quench a thirst, “yin zhen zhi ke”, used to warn against hasty remedies with consequences worse than the problem itself. A recently proposed method of tackling illegal logging is just such a case – it will in fact exacerbate the issue. China is one of […]

Timber smugglers won’t heed China’s voluntary guidelines

LONDON: Massive flows of illegal timber stolen from forests around the world will not be stemmed by voluntary industry guidelines currently being developed by the Chinese Government, environmentalists have warned. In formal comments recently submitted to the Chinese Government and published today, the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) has recommended the guidelines be replaced with a […]

EU timber law scorecard highlights failures to act

More than a year after it came into law, the European Commission (EC) has published a scorecard accessing the progress of the 28 member states in implementing the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR). After many years of lobbying and discussion, the landmark EUTR came into legal effect on March 3, 2013. A key weapon in […]

Our respects to the fallen on World Ranger Day 2014

. The fight against transnational environmental crime is ceaseless and largely fought with donations, grants, intelligence and tenacity – but few people can claim to put as much on the line as rangers in the field. Today (July 31) is World Ranger Day, an opportunity to pay tribute to the sacrifice of some and the […]

China’s illegal timber imports ransack Mozambique’s forests

Please scroll down for Portuguese language version …   China’s illegal & unsustainable timber imports ransack Mozambique’s forests LONDON:Insatiable Chinese demand for timber is driving a grossly unsustainable illegal logging and timber smuggling crisis which threatens to undermine Mozambique’s forest resources. Launching the new report First Class Crisis today, the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) revealed […]

First Class Crisis: China’s Criminal and Unsustainable Intervention in Mozambique’s Miombo Forests

A report documenting how Chinese demand for timber is driving a grossly unsustainable illegal logging and timber smuggling crisis which threatens Mozambique’s forest resources. . • Download First Class Crisis in English here. . • Download First Class Crisis in Portuguese here. . • Download First Class Crisis in Chinese here.  

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