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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 […]

Indonesia timber law a test of resolve to root out corruption

LONDON: As Asia’s first-ever Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) to combat illegal logging was signed into law today (September 30, 2013), the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) cautioned that it would also serve as a test of official resolve to stamp out serious corruption in Indonesia’s forest sector. The historic timber trade agreement was formally initialed […]

EIA Comments on the 6th Draft of the Vietnamese Timber and Timber Product Legality Definition

On February 27, 2013, EIA submitted comments on the 6th draft of the Vietnamese Timber and Timber Product Legality Definition, highlighting concerns that the Legality Definition fails to provide assurances that timber imported into Vietnam has been legally harvested and traded in the countries of origin. EIA’s comments were sent to the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture […]

Road to reform & Indonesian Legality Assurance System

Faith Doherty, EIA Forest Team Leader, was yesterday (February 4) at the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in London to present a formal address as part of the  Interactive Market Dialogue on the Indonesian Legal Timber and the European Union Timber Regulation, at the invitation of His Excellency T.M. Hamzah Thayeb, Indonesian Ambassador to […]

EIA hosts environmental crime panel in Bangkok

Many senior EIA campaigners are in Bangkok, Thailand, this week for the annual INTERPOL meeting on environmental crime, and to host a special EIA panel discussion on the issue. The event Environmental Crime in Asia – a Growing Threat will take place at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand on Wednesday, February 15 at 7pm […]

New trailer for EIA film The Real Chainsaw Massacre

With its UK premiere this Thursday (December 22) on Nat Geo Wild at 8pm, we’re pleased to share this new trailer for The Real Chainsaw Massacre.   Made by London production company Red Earth Studio for National Geographic, the documentary follows EIA investigators as they go undercover, posing as timber traders and tourists to follow […]

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