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Lacey Act has teeth: US gets serious about illegal logging

Gibson Guitars has finally faced the music. After nearly a year of crying foul, running to the Tea Party for political backing, seeking audience with every possible media outlet and hiring a DC lobbying firm to change the law under which it was being investigated, Gibson Guitars has acknowledged that it did, in fact, import […]

Gibson Guitars is held accountable

Gibson Guitars Finally Acknowledges U.S. Lacey Act Violations – Historic US$600,000 Penalties Sets a Clear Benchmark for Enforcement of EU Timber Regulation in March 2013   Gibson Guitars’ long overdue acknowledgement of Lacey Act violations – made in an August 6 Criminal Enforcement Agreement with the Unites States Government – has landed the firm with […]

Surjani Alloy: remembering one of the brightest and best

EIA has received the sad news that Surjani Alloy, the leader of the Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara (AMAN, an independent organisation comprising indigenous communities from various parts of the Indonesia archipelago), in West Kalimantan, died suddenly on Saturday. I have known and worked with Alloy for more than nine years and we have shared many […]

Top accolade for a key EIA forestry partner in Indonesia

Long-term EIA partner Ambrosius Ruwindrijarto has this week been awarded one of Asia’s most prestigious accolades for his fearless work on the front lines of the fight against illegal logging in Indonesia. His citation on receiving the 2012 Ramon Magsaysay Award recognises his “courageous advocacy of natural resource management based on social and ecological justice, […]

EIA is at CITES next week – here’s what we’re working for

EIA campaigners will be in Geneva next week for the 62nd meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), from July 23-27. The Standing Committee is an internationally important event in our calendar as its findings and recommendations can go on for discussion at the Conference of the […]

What is CITES?

What is CITES? The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is an international agreement to which governments voluntarily adhere and which seeks to ensure that the trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. The annual international trade in wildlife is estimated to […]

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