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Indonesia timber law a test of resolve to root out corruption

LONDON: As Asia’s first-ever Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) to combat illegal logging was signed into law today (September 30, 2013), the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) cautioned that it would also serve as a test of official resolve to stamp out serious corruption in Indonesia’s forest sector. The historic timber trade agreement was formally initialed […]

Probe into timber-smuggling cop’s US$1m ‘gifts’ to police

LONDON: The London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) today welcomed a legal probe by Indonesia’s national anti-corruption agency into million-dollar payments by a rogue cop-turned-timber smuggler to local, regional and national police officials. The announcement follows revelations that mid-ranking Papua police officer Labora Sitorus transferred about US$1 million (10 billion Indonesian rupiah) in multiple payments to […]

MEPs vote to rid the EU of a major greenhouse gas

ENVI Committee agrees to ban HFCs in new equipment from 2020   LONDON: The European Parliament’s ENVI Committee today (June 19) scored a significant win for the climate and a boost for the European economy when it decided by an overwhelming 48 votes in favour to 19 against to strengthen the EU’s F-Gas Regulation to […]

Action alert: Help us urge EU to win one for the climate!

Next week, members of the European Parliament’s ENVI Committee will be voting on possible changes to the EU’s F-Gas Regulation. The clock is ticking and time is short – we need your help to urge them to secure a big win for the climate by voting on June 19 to ban hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in new equipment […]

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 […]

Too little time at CITES CoP16 for threats to tigers

  Well, that’s CITES CoP16 over. It’s been an historic two weeks for marine and timber species. Hard-fought battles that commenced years ago have come to a constructive and logical conclusion in the interests of sharks, manta rays and rosewoods. For Asian big cats, there was a good decision that will direct the CITES Secretariat […]

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