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Myanmar’s Rosewood Crisis

A briefing documenting how Myanmar’s precious rosewood trees face commercial extinction at the hands of China’s multi-billion dollar ‘hongmu’ reproduction furniture boom, and urging the Government of Myanmar to seek CITES protection for the affected species. . • Download the briefing here. . • Download the Burmese language version of the briefing here.  

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 […]

The Siamese rosewood craze: for whom the bell tolls?

请往下阅读此博客中文版 / Please scroll down for Chinese language version . . In a glamorous hongmu showroom in Shanghai, streams of the bustling crowds slowed down to appreciate sets of exquisitely carved Siamese rosewood furniture. What attracted the potential hongmu consumers and investors, beyond the fine and delicate craftsmanship, are the hefty price tags that any […]

Laos, corruption and the trade in Siamese rosewood

The town of Pakse is the sort of place that gives rise to the clichés that predominate in descriptions of Laos. Slow, sleepy and peaceful. Nestled on the Mekong, not far from the border with Thailand, it serves as an entry point to the picturesque Bolaven plateau and its cooler climate, forests, waterfalls and coffee […]

South Africa’s first poached elephant in over a decade

South African National Parks (SANParks) has confirmed the first elephant poaching incident in the Kruger National Park (KNP) in more than 10 years. The incident occurred in the Pafuri region, in the northern part of the KNP. According to SANParks Rangers Corp Officer Commanding, Major General (Ret) Johan Jooste, on Thursday, forensic evidence suggests the […]

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