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Press Releases: Illegal Logging

CITES protection will help to end rosewood wars

CITES lists endangered wood in bid to halt booming illegal trade   BANGKOK, THAILAND: Granting international protection to threatened Siam rosewood is a major step towards saving the species from extinction and curbing the explosion of violence around illegal trade in the precious wood. The London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) has been supporting the efforts  […]

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 […]

China: Top buyer of illegal timber drives deforestation

BEIJING: China, emergent superpower and the world’s second biggest economy, is effectively standing on the sidelines as its exponential growth devastates forests in a trade worth billions of dollars a year. In the new report Appetite for Destruction: China’s Trade in Illegal Timber, launched today in Beijing, the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) reveals that […]

Laos’ forests still falling to ‘connected’ businesses

LONDON: More than a year after being exposed as major players in the smuggling of timber from Laos, a new report reveals the Vietnamese timber industry, the military and well-connected Lao actors are still profiting from the flow of logs into Vietnam. As well as the role played by a commercial operation of the Vietnam […]

Unchallenged crimes of ‘rotten apple’ palm oil company

Report exposes illegal activities and enforcement failings in Kalimantan   LONDON: Systemic law enforcement failings threaten to make a mockery of Indonesia’s pledge to reduce deforestation and carbon emissions by enabling plantation companies to destroy carbon-rich peatlands with impunity, a report released today reveals. Testing the Law, jointly produced by the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency […]

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