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Forest Loss

Past the timber violence & on the road to European reform

As the gun slammed down on the table and I heard the chilling words “I can shoot you now and I may go to prison but I will still be alive, but you, you will be dead” I realised we were in serious trouble. Ten years ago, after a series of EIA investigations exposing illegal […]

EIA Comments on the 6th Draft of the Vietnamese Timber and Timber Product Legality Definition

On February 27, 2013, EIA submitted comments on the 6th draft of the Vietnamese Timber and Timber Product Legality Definition, highlighting concerns that the Legality Definition fails to provide assurances that timber imported into Vietnam has been legally harvested and traded in the countries of origin. EIA’s comments were sent to the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture […]

Call to CITES: Stop Stimulating Demand

LONDON: The campaigning Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) is calling on international policy-makers to Stop Stimulating Demand for critically endangered species. The London-based NGO cautioned that conflicting decisions and top-level discussions regarding trades in the products of endangered species such as elephants, tigers and precious woods create consumer confusion and ultimately drive poaching/theft by criminals to […]

Mozambique loses a fortune to illegal timber exports

Corruption in world’s fourth poorest country aids illegal logging & timber smuggling to China LONDON: Weak forest governance and corruption in Mozambique are facilitating illegal logging and timber smuggling to supply China’s voracious demand, costing the fourth least developed country in the world tens of millions in lost taxes annually. The new report First Class Connections: Log Smuggling, Illegal Logging […]

First Class Connections: Log Smuggling, Illegal Logging and Corruption in Mozambique

A report on the illegal flow of timber from Mozambique to China featuring detailed case studies revealing smuggling techniques, specific examples of corruption and the collusion of senior Mozambique politicians with Chinese timber exporters.   Download the report in Portuguese here.

EIA response to criticisms of Appetite for Destruction

In November 2012, EIA released Appetite for Destruction, a report detailing how China is now the world’s biggest importer and consumer of illegal timber, and exposing Chinese companies involved in securing illegal timber from supplier countries such as Mozambique, Myanmar and many others. The report can be downloaded in English here and in Chinese here. […]

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