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Blog: Forest Governance

We can’t afford for palm oil certification to be a fig leaf

. A staggering three million hectares of forest in Indonesia and Malaysia have been cleared to make way for oil palm during the past 15 years, and 50–60 per cent of all oil palm expansion in the two countries has occurred at the expense of natural forests. The two countries account for 85 per cent […]

Corruption, bloodshed and death – the curse of rosewood

“We cannot live without forests. People will have to be in symbiotic relationship with the forests. When people preserve the forests, the forests will give back to people. The relationship between people and forests are interdependent.” Queen Sirikit of Thailand – May 26, 2000  . . This summer I’ve had the opportunity to visit some […]

Environmental crime – putting the blame where it belongs

  Understandably, environmental crime can be an emotive and infuriating issue. The spectacle of magnificent, endangered creatures such as tigers, elephants and rhinos reduced to broken, bleeding carcasses, plundered for illegal trades in home decór, trinkets and fake ‘traditional’ medicines, can be all but impossible to view without provoking distress and fury in equal measure. […]

Mozambique timber probe a test of ability to enforce law

In February of this year, EIA published a report on the illegal smuggling of timber from Mozambique to China entitled First Class Connections: Log Smuggling, Illegal Logging and Corruption in Mozambique, highlighting the role of Chinese traders in facilitating the illegal flow of stolen timber. The report identified that 48 per cent of China’s imports […]

CCPCJ – why it matters for wildlife & forest crime

EIA campaigners are in Vienna for a meeting of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), which begins on Monday (April 22). The CCPCJ is a key body within the United Nations, dealing with crime prevention and criminal justice policy. EIA and others will be pushing for it to expand the work of […]

Charlotte in the running to help a forest hero’s family

Late one night travelling with work, I had a fit of jet lag and registered for the Brighton Marathon. Ludicrously, I’d only started running a few weeks before, so it gave me a goal (an ambitious one) and anyway, it seemed ages away … Maybe not, because in just over a week, on Sunday, April […]

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