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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 […]

Act to help end tiger farms on International Tiger Day

Today is International Tiger Day and, as well as an opportunity to celebrate this magnificent big cat, it is an opportunity to reflect on the pressing need to do all we can to end tiger farming, and to end demand for tiger parts and products. With as few as 3,000 remaining in the wild, tigers […]

Threat of tiger farms finally comes under closer scrutiny

With tiger farming long pushed to the margins of the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), EIA’s Tigers Campaign is pleased to see the issue back in the spotlight and recognised as a serious threat to the future of wild tigers. The 65th Meeting of the Standing Committee (SC65) of CITES took […]

At last! Hong Kong acts to curb Siam rosewood theft

. EIA campaigners at the 65th meeting of the Standing Committee to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Geneva have learnt that a key recommendation directed to the Hong Kong authorities to counter the illicit trade in Siamese rosewood has finally been accepted. In an EIA-hosted event titled The Lucrative and […]

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