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In response to today's release of the independent evaluation report of Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT), EIA looks back to a blog by Forests Campaigner Louise Truslove focusing on the successes in forest governance derived from FLEGT in over a decade of work and how, as an innovative tool, the Action Plan has created political space for civil society to call for a transparent and accountable timber sector ...
'The hidden successes of EU’s legal timber action plan'
In 1999, deep in the frontier forests of Indonesia, EIA documented a war being waged. Precious ramin trees were being illegally felled and smuggled out of forests to be traded on lucrative foreign markets.
For too long, EIA documented the escalating plight of these forests as illegal timber all too frequently found its way into supply chains bound for the US and European Union (EU), saturating markets with products made with stolen timber. In the late ’90s, it was estimated that as much as 80 per cent of the timber coming out from Indonesia was illegal.
Fast-forward to 2003 and, after years of campaigning, the EU finally responded as a responsible consumer by taking the long-awaited step of acknowledging the serious issue of illegal logging and created the Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan. Built on a series of measures to prohibit illegal timber from entering the EU market, FLEGT was much more than a piece of legislation Rather, it was designed to address the root causes at the heart of illegal logging – the rampant corruption, poor governance, lack of transparency and much-needed accountability from those trusted with managing forests.
... This is an ambitious plan that requires a complete overhaul of an entire market sector, and not just for trade to the EU. The legality system applies to both the domestic markets and for exports to non-EU markets.
Read Louise's blog in full at eia-international.org/the-hidden-successes-of-eus-legal-timber-action-plan
#forests #Indonesia #FLEGT Forest Governance Program- FLEGT Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade-FLEGT European Union
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12 hours ago ·
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We recently went with Maroon 5 and Guster to Guatemala on an artist expedition with the Environmental Investigation Agency US. On May 17th we'll be in Los Angeles premiering a short documentary of the trip in an effort to continue to raise awareness of sustainable timber harvesting. The trip was an inspiring example of how some communities are using sustainable forest management to create the instruments we love, as well as to combat illegal logging, which is causing devastation around the globe to people and the environment. Join us for a special live Facebook event to hear from members of Maroon 5 and Guster about their experience, including an acoustic performance. Viewers will be entered to win a sustainably harvested guitar from Bedell Guitars. Stay tuned for more details including the time of our live stream, and please share!
13 hours ago ·
Report: Leopards have lost up to 75 per cent of their territory
Leopards are the most widespread big cats in the world, with historical territory that ranges across much of Eurasia and Africa. They are powerful and adaptable, able to live everywhere from the parched deserts of the Arabian Peninsula to the teeming jungles of Java. Leopards are occasionally seen on the streets of big cities and they hunt a wider range of prey than any other big obligate carnivore.
But that doesn't mean they haven't suffered at the hand of man.
The most comprehensive worldwide study of leopards (Panthera pardus) to date shows that the cats now occupy just 25 to 37 percent of their historic range, a team of scientists report in the journal PeerJ Wednesday. And while leopards are doing relatively well in parts of Africa and India, some of the nine subspecies in other areas have experienced precipitous decline of more than 90 percent.
The overall decline is worse than the average for large land carnivores. Further, only about 17 percent of existing leopard range is legally protected, with lower percentages for the most at-risk subspecies.
Read the full story on National Geographic at news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/05/160504-leopard-range-shrinks-endangered-subspecies/
#leopards #Africa #Asia
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15 hours ago ·