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Palm oil group continues to fail to meet its own standards

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is intended to prevent the destruction of High Conservation Value forests and protect forest-dependent communities from exploitation by palm oil firms, but this report in the latest edition of Indonesian magazine Tempo shows how the body’s complaints process is failing to uphold its standards. Complaints against members which […]

China’s furniture craze drives Siam rosewood to extinction

China’s luxury furniture craze steeped in blood & driving Siam rosewood to extinction   BANGKOK: Precious Siamese rosewood has been illegally logged to the brink of extinction in the Mekong region to feed a voracious demand for luxury furniture in China which leaves a bloody trail of death, violence and corruption in its wake. Released […]

Indonesian cop jailed for eight years for timber smuggling

Indonesian cop is jailed for eight years for major timber smuggling racket   LONDON: Timber-smuggling Indonesian police officer Labora Sitorus has been jailed for eight years after a legal appeal overturned the shockingly lenient verdict handed down earlier this year by a court in West Papua. Low-ranking Sitorus was originally charged with illegal logging, fuel smuggling […]

Flawed court case highlights failings of legal timber system

.. . . . . The shockingly lenient verdict handed down by a West Papua court to a police officer charged with illegal logging, fuel smuggling and money laundering is an appalling indictment of Indonesia’s utter failure to tackle corruption within the forestry sector and the strongest evidence of a cover-up that the Environmental Investigation […]

Ex-kingpin’s palm oil threat to orangutans & investors

Former timber theft kingpin’s palm oil firm a threat to orangutan habitat – and investors   LONDON: Potential investors should steer clear of a US$90 million initial public offering (IPO) in an Indonesian palm oil company due to the involvement of a former illegal logging kingpin and the potential impact on precious orangutan habitat, the […]

EIA alert: timber shipments from Burma to the EU

Companies in the European Union could fall foul of the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR) by importing timber from Myanma/Burmar. The EUTR, which came into force in March this year, prohibits traders from placing on the EU market timber which has been harvested or exported illegally from the country of origin. The regulation requires traders […]

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