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Mozambique timber probe a test of ability to enforce law

In February of this year, EIA published a report on the illegal smuggling of timber from Mozambique to China entitled First Class Connections: Log Smuggling, Illegal Logging and Corruption in Mozambique, highlighting the role of Chinese traders in facilitating the illegal flow of stolen timber. The report identified that 48 per cent of China’s imports […]

Crime, corruption & trade: why criminals’ thoughts matter

So, the 16th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) has concluded. EIA campaigners and friends from range states were at this massive meeting in Bangkok, working hard and calling on Parties to stop stimulating demand for ivory, Asian big cats and rosewood.     Campaigner Shruti has […]

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 […]

China puts the ‘con’ in tiger conservation

New report exposes the double standard which stimulates demand   LONDON: Despite signing up to global initiatives seeking to protect wild tigers and double their number by 2022, Government departments in China have quietly set about stimulating domestic markets for tiger skins and body parts. As few as 3,500 tigers survive in the wild, yet […]

Hidden in Plain Sight: China’s Clandestine Tiger Trade

A report revealing how, despite signing up to global initiatives seeking to protect wild tigers and double their number by 2022, Government departments in China have quietly set about stimulating domestic markets for tiger skins and body parts. Read a Chinese language version of this report / 点击下载中文报告 here.  

Mozambique loses a fortune to illegal timber exports

Corruption in world’s fourth poorest country aids illegal logging & timber smuggling to China LONDON: Weak forest governance and corruption in Mozambique are facilitating illegal logging and timber smuggling to supply China’s voracious demand, costing the fourth least developed country in the world tens of millions in lost taxes annually. The new report First Class Connections: Log Smuggling, Illegal Logging […]

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