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Indonesia: Indigenous peoples now rightfully own their lands

In a landmark court ruling in Indonesia, the customary lands of indigenous people have been removed from State ownership. The ruling, given in a judicial review of a 1999 forest law which was sought by Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara (AMAN, or the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago), returns the rights over customary forests to […]

Global body commits to tackling wildlife & forest crime

VIENNA: The United Nations’ anti-crime body today resolved to step up the global fight against wildlife and forest crime in recognition of the urgent threat it poses and the serious nature of the criminal networks involved. The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) has been pressing for special agencies tasked with crime fighting to turn their attention […]

Eco crimes: transnational, organised and serious

The 22nd session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) is under way in Vienna this week. The CCPCJ is a key body within the United Nations, dealing with crime prevention and criminal justice policy and EIA is one of several organisations pushing for it to expand the work of the UN […]

Charlotte in the running to help a forest hero’s family

Late one night travelling with work, I had a fit of jet lag and registered for the Brighton Marathon. Ludicrously, I’d only started running a few weeks before, so it gave me a goal (an ambitious one) and anyway, it seemed ages away … Maybe not, because in just over a week, on Sunday, April […]

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 […]

Past the timber violence & on the road to European reform

As the gun slammed down on the table and I heard the chilling words “I can shoot you now and I may go to prison but I will still be alive, but you, you will be dead” I realised we were in serious trouble. Ten years ago, after a series of EIA investigations exposing illegal […]

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