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Ending corruption & cronyism is vital for Myanmar’s forests

It’s been an interesting week for EIA’s forest team. We published the short briefing Data Corruption, outlining some shocking statistics with regard to the timber trade in Myanmar/Burma that showed a massive hole in what the Government says it has exported and what has been reported by the global trade. EIA has estimated that this […]

Myanmar’s six billion dollar timber corruption black hole

Myanmar’s six billion dollar timber corruption black hole revealed by official data LONDON: New analysis of the Myanmar Government’s forestry and trade data points to a multi-billion dollar illegal logging and exports black hole – indicating widespread criminality and official corruption. The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) today released the new briefing Data Corruption: Exposing the […]

Data Corruption: Exposing the true scale of logging in Myanmar

A briefing which analyses official Myanmar Government timber harvest and export figures to reveal a massive discrepancy pointing to widespread illegal logging and official corruption. . . • For a Burmese language version of the briefing, click here.

Landmark EU/Indonesia timber agreement now legally binding

Following the European Union’s ratification of the landmark Indonesia/EU Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) last month, Indonesia yesterday (Thursday) confirmed the agreement through a Presidential Regulation. This VPA is one of the key components of Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) action plan which will ensure that only legally sourced timber and wood products are […]

Flawed court case highlights failings of legal timber system

.. . . . . The shockingly lenient verdict handed down by a West Papua court to a police officer charged with illegal logging, fuel smuggling and money laundering is an appalling indictment of Indonesia’s utter failure to tackle corruption within the forestry sector and the strongest evidence of a cover-up that the Environmental Investigation […]

Robust borders only a part of the answer to illegal logging

Over the past 10 years, the annual global trade in timber and timber products has measured around 1.3 billion cubic metres, with an import value of about US$350 billion a year. South-East Asia and China account for almost 40 per cent of global exports of these products, making it one of the trade’s most important […]

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