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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 […]

Another year over and a new one just begun …

. So the holiday’s over, New Year resolutions have been made and in some cases already broken, and it’s time to get back to work. Already 2014 promises to be a hectic year for EIA, with a host of challenges and opportunities. It is also a special year for us, as 2014 marks the 30th […]

The news we’ve helped to make and break in 2013!

“EIA is an amazing example of a small group of individuals using great science and passion to help save the environment … in the environmental movement, EIA is the equivalent of Her Majesty’s Secret Service” – Louie Psihoyos, director of the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove.   EIA’s focus and methodology is a key part of […]

Ex-kingpin’s palm oil threat to orangutans & investors

Former timber theft kingpin’s palm oil firm a threat to orangutan habitat – and investors   LONDON: Potential investors should steer clear of a US$90 million initial public offering (IPO) in an Indonesian palm oil company due to the involvement of a former illegal logging kingpin and the potential impact on precious orangutan habitat, the […]

EIA alert: timber shipments from Burma to the EU

Companies in the European Union could fall foul of the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR) by importing timber from Myanma/Burmar. The EUTR, which came into force in March this year, prohibits traders from placing on the EU market timber which has been harvested or exported illegally from the country of origin. The regulation requires traders […]

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