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Blog: Illegal Logging

Undercover and on the trail of China’s stolen timber

  Most of the Forest Team from London are in Beijing this week to launch our new report Appetite for Destruction: China’s trade in illegal timber. Are you aware of how big China’s need for logs and timber actually is?  Last year China imported at least 18.5 million cubic metres of illegal logs and sawn […]

Hapsoro: farewell to a forest activist and beloved friend

“But Faith, snakes are wonderful,” Hapsoro said to me one afternoon as we were discussing life, love and the universe.“I look for them when walking in the forests.” We were about to visit Indonesia’s Tanjung Putting National Park in the coming days, I began to think twice about what I was getting myself into. As […]

Open for big businesses – but little people pay the price

Last month, the President of Indonesia did the international investment equivalent of, shall we say, showing a bit of leg in the US. At an event specially organised at the New York Stock Exchange, in Wall Street, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono boasted to the assembled businessmen of the abundant natural resources on offer to potential investors. […]

UN members heed call to get tough on environmental crime

The international community is finally recognising that environmental crime is not some small-scale criminal activity taking place deep in the jungles of Africa or Asia but is serious, growing, transnational and, shockingly, highly organised through the involvement of notorious criminal syndicates and terrorist groups. This week, during the ongoing 67th session of the UN General […]

Do you want a say on how EIA digitises its archive?

  I joined EIA at the start of the year and have been struck by the vast range of different environmental issues we have worked on during the past three decades. Since our very first investigation into the Faroe Islands’ pilot whale hunt in 1984, we have investigated and campaigned on the global ivory trade, […]

Lacey Act has teeth: US gets serious about illegal logging

Gibson Guitars has finally faced the music. After nearly a year of crying foul, running to the Tea Party for political backing, seeking audience with every possible media outlet and hiring a DC lobbying firm to change the law under which it was being investigated, Gibson Guitars has acknowledged that it did, in fact, import […]

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