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China needs new laws to tackle illegal logging

. The Chinese have a saying about drinking poison to quench a thirst, “yin zhen zhi ke”, used to warn against hasty remedies with consequences worse than the problem itself. A recently proposed method of tackling illegal logging is just such a case – it will in fact exacerbate the issue. China is one of […]

EIA response to China’s draft timber guidelines

Environmental Investigation Agency comments on the draft Guidelines for Overseas Sustainable Forest Products Trade and Investment by Chinese Enterprises. . • Download in English here.   • Download in Chinese here .

Timber smugglers won’t heed China’s voluntary guidelines

LONDON: Massive flows of illegal timber stolen from forests around the world will not be stemmed by voluntary industry guidelines currently being developed by the Chinese Government, environmentalists have warned. In formal comments recently submitted to the Chinese Government and published today, the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) has recommended the guidelines be replaced with a […]

At last! Hong Kong acts to curb Siam rosewood theft

. EIA campaigners at the 65th meeting of the Standing Committee to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Geneva have learnt that a key recommendation directed to the Hong Kong authorities to counter the illicit trade in Siamese rosewood has finally been accepted. In an EIA-hosted event titled The Lucrative and […]

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 […]

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