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With EIA forest campaigners in Brunei this week to push for better protection for threatened Siamese rosewood from illegal logging, learn more about what’s at stake – and why – in this short documentary produced by EIA’s in-house film unit.
* Read and download the report 'Routes of Extinction: The corruption and violence destroying Siamese rosewood in the Mekong' at eia-international.org/reports/routes-of-extinction-the-corruption-and-violence-destroying-siamese...
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Time for ASEAN to act to end illegal, violent rosewood trade
EIA forest campaigners are in Brunei this week (May 5-8) to seek better protection for endangered Siamese rosewood at the 11th ASEAN Experts Group on CITES (CITES AEG) and 10th meeting of the ASEAN Wildlife Enforcement Network (ASEAN-WEN).
A new EIA briefing outlining the key issues, 'Addressing ASEAN’s Regional Rosewood Crisis: An Urgent Call to Action', has been produced in English, Burmese, Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese for the meetings.
* Read & download the briefings at eia-international.org/reports/addressing-aseans-regional-rosewood-crisis-an-urgent-call-to-action
The briefing makes policy recommendations on how Association of South-East Asean Nations (ASEAN) member states can maximise the protection afforded to Siamese rosewood (Dalbergia cochinchinensis) from illegal logging and international trade by removing a loophole in the CITES Appendix II listing – Annotation 5 – which exempts semi–finished and finished products from CITES protection.
The briefing also urges ASEAN member states to propose CITES Appendix II listing for two further species of rosewoods – currently under extreme and growing pressure from Chinese demand for Hongmu furniture – as replacements for Siamese rosewood, namely Burmese rosewood (Dalbergia oliveri/bariensis) and Burmese padauk (Pterocarpus macrocarpus).
As a recognised global authority on illegal timber trade, EIA has been invited to present the briefing to ASEAN member states at the CITES AEG and ASEAN-WEN meetings in Brunei, where it is expected regional consensus will be reached to put an end to the illegal, unsustainable and violent trade in these high-value species and formal proposals to CITES can be progressed prior to the CITES CoP17 in 2016 and the CITES Plants Committee in September 2015.
With no laws prohibiting illegal timber imports in China – the world’s biggest consumer of illegal wood – CITES presents the only way to engender respect for sovereign forestry and trade laws of ASEAN member states. The time to act is now.
#ASEAN #rosewood #China #Myanmar #Thailand #Vietnam #forests
Image: Rosewood logs stored in a warehouse, Dong Ha, Vietnam (c) EIA ... See MoreSee Less
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India: Wildlife clause allowing religious & cultural use of wild species sparks uproar
Mumbai: Responding to a recent suggestion in the Draft Wildlife Policy of the Ministry of Environment and Forests and Climate Change (MoE), conservationists have urged the Indian government to drop the new clause that allows the use of wild species for religious and cultural practices.
The Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) along with other NGOs have sent a letter to the ministry to not only drop this clause but have pointed out that “India, an ancient civilization, has been successful in conserving its biodiversity in the past through sustainable lifestyles followed down the ages.”
Moreover, the conservationists say many cultural practices were symbolic in nature but got distorted into unscientific rituals and blind faith.
“The BNHS believes that nature conservation should follow a multi-disciplinary approach and should ensure community participation,” says Atul Sathe, Manager Communications, BNHS. “In order to avoid a confrontation between enforcement authorities and communities, the ‘Draft’ suggests a distinction between hunting and use of wildlife for religious and cultural practices, with appropriate safeguards and cruelty prevention regulations.”
Even though hunting is banned in the country, Sathe says this clause has created deep concern of a possible threat to wildlife species if this suggestion is incorporated. Apart from BNHS, other organizations such as Aaranyak, Wildlife Protection Society of India, TRAFFIC_India and Wildlife Society of Orissa, have also written to the government asking it to reject this suggestion. From their point of view, “This clause will contradict the spirit of the Indian Constitution in terms of ethics and safeguarding the natural wealth of the country.”
More importantly, “Controlled killing of animals has historically fueled poaching and black markets of wildlife products. This will encourage the existing black market of several threatened species protected under the Indian Wildlife Protection Act.”
Many threatened species such as owls and pangolins, which are nocturnal and difficult to monitor and protect, will come under danger since the new clause will create loopholes in the laws protecting them, they said.
Full story at gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/india-wildlife-clause-sparks-uproar-1.1504670
#India #religion #magic #owls #pangolins
Image: Indian eagle-owl, frequently caught and traded in India for use in 'magic' rituals, by Greenshed ... See MoreSee Less
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