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Myanmar’s Rosewood Crisis

A briefing documenting how Myanmar’s precious rosewood trees face commercial extinction at the hands of China’s multi-billion dollar ‘hongmu’ reproduction furniture boom, and urging the Government of Myanmar to seek CITES protection for the affected species. . • Download the briefing here. . • Download the Burmese language version of the briefing here.  

Myanmar rosewood stolen to feed China’s furniture craze

Myanmar in rosewood crisis as precious trees stolen to feed China’s elite furniture craze   LONDON: Myanmar’s precious rosewood tree species are heading for imminent commercial extinction at the hands of China’s multi-billion dollar rosewood furniture boom. The illegal trade in rosewood species is driven by the expanding wealthy elites in China and their desire […]

China’s furniture craze drives Siam rosewood to extinction

China’s luxury furniture craze steeped in blood & driving Siam rosewood to extinction   BANGKOK: Precious Siamese rosewood has been illegally logged to the brink of extinction in the Mekong region to feed a voracious demand for luxury furniture in China which leaves a bloody trail of death, violence and corruption in its wake. Released […]

Indonesian cop jailed for eight years for timber smuggling

Indonesian cop is jailed for eight years for major timber smuggling racket   LONDON: Timber-smuggling Indonesian police officer Labora Sitorus has been jailed for eight years after a legal appeal overturned the shockingly lenient verdict handed down earlier this year by a court in West Papua. Low-ranking Sitorus was originally charged with illegal logging, fuel smuggling […]

On the road through Laos’ devastated forest heritage

In a guest blog today, EIA is pleased to present an extract from Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent‘s new book A Short Ride in the Jungle: The Ho Chi Minh Trail by Motorcycle.   In the spring of 2013 I packed my panniers and set out from Hanoi alone on a mission to follow what remained of the once […]

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 […]

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