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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 […]

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 […]

Greed beats logic: why a legal rhino horn trade won’t work

. It’s nearly three full years until the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) takes place in South Africa. Yet a propaganda battle – or charm offensive, if you’re feeling expansive – is already under way in […]

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 […]

Crime, corruption & trade: why criminals’ thoughts matter

So, the 16th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) has concluded. EIA campaigners and friends from range states were at this massive meeting in Bangkok, working hard and calling on Parties to stop stimulating demand for ivory, Asian big cats and rosewood.     Campaigner Shruti has […]

CITES: Rhetoric and tiptoeing around elephant poaching

Given that the elephant poaching crisis was at the forefront of the minds of all at the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES as never before, what was actually done by CITES to stop the killing of elephants across Africa? The actual outcome was far short of what was expected and, […]

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