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5 hours ago ·
China's demand wiping out forests of neighboring Myanmar
The streets of Pianma are lined with sawmills. They’re also lined with logs as big as cars: Teak, Rosewood, and Golden Camphor — all of them felled illegally across the border in Burma from old growth forests and brought to the Chinese side to be cut down into furniture.
“These trees were several hundred years old," said Li Xiaomei, showing off a two-story stack of logs outside the mill she owns with her husband, Li Jianli.
Business is good. Demand from China’s growing middle class is strong, and that’s why across the border inside Burma, Chinese crews cut down swaths of forest twice the size of New York City each year. The logging across the border is illegal – Burma has banned the export of timber to protect its old-growth forests. But across the border lies the Burmese state of Kachin, where an ongoing civil war between the Burmese military and several local militias has made the ban nearly impossible to enforce. Furniture maker Li Jianli says the chaos makes it easier for Chinese companies to log.
* Learn more about this issue in the landmark EIA report 'Organised Chaos: The illicit overland timber trade between Myanmar and China' at ht.ly/YfscT
"They’re very poor over there, and local militia bosses will sign contracts to cut a mountainside," said Li, who insists the operations are legal. "Our Chinese companies build roads, bridges and schools for their people, and in return, they sell us timber."
According to the Environmental Investigation Agency, an international NGO, by 2013 more than half a billion dollars’ worth of timber had come across this border.
"The problem is that China is a hungry nation in terms of timber," said the agency’s Julian Newman, who has visited the area and written reports on the cross-border timber trade. "It’s got a deficit between its local production, what it needs, and it looks to many countries including Myanmar to get its raw material from."
Newman suspects China’s government plays a part in this illegal trade, too.
"We are talking about almost a million cubic meters of wood coming across the border per year of logs which are illegal under Myanmar law," Newman said. "That’s not something you can hide easily. Therefore, there’s some complicity at the border."
Full story at www.marketplace.org/2016/01/20/world/chinese-demand-wiping-out-forests-neighboring-burma
#Myanmar #Burma #China #forests #corruption
Image: Log trucks in Kachin, Myanmar, waiting to cross into China, April 2015 (c) EIA ... See MoreSee Less
6 hours ago ·
The National People’s Congress of China is currently scrutinising a draft Wildlife Protection Law - and the outcome could have massive implications for endangered species.
EIA believes this represents an historic opportunity to strengthen what is already a weak and inadequate law.
However, we and many other observers - both inside and outside of China - are deeply concerned that proposed revisions to the law are moving in the opposite direction from an “ecological civilisation” and missing a major opportunity for China to follow best practice and demonstrate real leadership.
The proposed revisions, if adopted, would instead further entrench policies of captive breeding for commercial use of parts and derivatives of captive tigers as well as the commercial utilisation of many other endangered species.
To help ensure this significant opportunity for change does not slip under the radar, EIA's Tiger Campaign [ht.ly/Yfl4U ] has created an online Wildlife Protection Law resource comprising details of the proposed changes in both Chinese and English, EIA's own position paper, translations of critical articles from the Chinese media and other useful links.
You can find it at ht.ly/Yflkh
#China #wildlife #tigers #captivetigers
Image: Tiger skin rug for sale with permit at Xiafeng taxidermy, China (c) EIA ... See MoreSee Less
6 hours ago ·