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Myanmar rosewood stolen to feed China’s furniture craze

Myanmar in rosewood crisis as precious trees stolen to feed China’s elite furniture craze   LONDON: Myanmar’s precious rosewood tree species are heading for imminent commercial extinction at the hands of China’s multi-billion dollar rosewood furniture boom. The illegal trade in rosewood species is driven by the expanding wealthy elites in China and their desire […]

CITES in Geneva – time to tackle surge in wildlife crime

From July 7-11, the 65th Meeting of the Standing Committee (SC65) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) will meet in Geneva to discuss the current work and implementation of the Convention. The meeting takes place against the backdrop of a troubling surge in wildlife crime, threatening the survival of a host […]

Iceland’s brutal hunting of endangered whales resumes

Conservation groups condemn resumption of Iceland’s brutal hunt of endangered whales   LONDON: Conservation groups are calling on the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and its member governments to condemn Iceland’s commercial whale hunt following confirmation that the Icelandic whaling company Hvalur hf has killed yet another endangered fin whale. The whale was killed off Iceland’s […]

EIA & The Black Fish work to end illegal drift netting

. EIA has been working with fellow NGO The Black Fish to focus greater international attention on the destructive practice of illegal drift netting and its impacts on whales, dolphins and porpoises. At their peak in the 1990s, driftnet fisheries were estimated to be killing up to 10,000 cetaceans each year in the Mediterranean alone. […]

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 […]

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