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International protection for Siam rosewood begins

Governments urged to deliver on their key obligations   LONDON: As international UN trade restrictions on endangered Siam rosewood (Dalbergia cochinchinensis) come into effect from tomorrow (June 12, 2013), the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) warns the future of the species relies entirely on range states and key user countries credibly delivering on their protection […]

The Spring 2013 issue of Investigator is now available

Welcome to the Spring 2013 issue of EIA’s bi-annual newsletter Investigator, giving you an overview of our key campaign activities during the past six months. This issue features: • our exposé of China’s conservation double standard as it signs up to save wild tigers while simultaneously stimulating a trade in the skins and parts of […]

On film: rogue Indonesian cop’s illegal logging operation

Government of Indonesia urged to take action . . LONDON: A video of illegal logging operations in the ecologically outstanding Raja Ampat Islands of West Papua has today been released by environmentalists following the arrest of rogue Indonesian cop-turned-smuggler Labora Sitorus, who financed and coordinated timber theft on a huge scale. Filmed near the northern […]

Indonesia: Indigenous peoples now rightfully own their lands

In a landmark court ruling in Indonesia, the customary lands of indigenous people have been removed from State ownership. The ruling, given in a judicial review of a 1999 forest law which was sought by Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara (AMAN, or the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago), returns the rights over customary forests to […]

China: ensure rosewood trade not destroying Thai forests

LONDON: The London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) today calls on China’s Redwood Committee and its parent timber trade federation to ensure their policies and members are not underwriting the destruction of a World Heritage Site in Thailand’s on-going and violent rosewood wars. The call was made after the Thai Government claimed rapacious demand for Siam […]

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 […]

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