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Five ways China’s overseas investments are impacting Africa's forests
China’s investments in Africa have exploded in recent years, with outward foreign direct investment (OFDI) stock growing from $1 billion in 2004 to more than $ 30 billion in 2014. Investment in forests—particularly the timber sector—is no different. China’s overseas forest project investments grew from eight in 2007 to 84 in July of 2015. Today, Chinese forest investment can be found in 25 African countries.
Learn more about this issue in the EIA reports:
* First Class Connections: Log Smuggling, Illegal Logging and Corruption in Mozambique - ht.ly/YcKLs
* First Class Crisis: China’s Criminal and Unsustainable Intervention in Mozambique’s Miombo Forests - ht.ly/YcKQR
Yet in many cases this expanded investment has come at a cost to people and the planet. Five trends shine a light on the impact Chinese investments have had on Africa’s forests, and point to how both governments and companies should proceed in the future.
1. Most African timber exports go to China
2. Investments have mixed impacts on local communities and environment
3. Investment is mainly coming from harder-to-regulate small and medium enterprises
4. Investments are moving upstream in the timber supply chain
5. African logging bans are ineffective thus far
Read the full story at qz.com/613965/five-ways-chinas-overseas-investments-are-impacting-african-forests/
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India: Tiger found dead in Kodaikanal, poisoning suspected
CHENNAI: Forest officials launched a probe after the carcass of a tiger was found in Pazhamputhoor village, falling under the Kodaikanal forest division in Tamil Nadu, on Wednesday night.
Following this, a team of officials led by the district forest officer D Venkatesh along with two veterinarians rushed to the spot on Thursday morning to conduct a postmortem. Only after the postmortem was done, the cause of death could be ascertained, said an officer.
A senior wildlife officer said there were no organised poaching activities in Tamil Nadu, as in the case of northern and central states in the country.
An officer said it could be a case of retaliatory killing by villagers after the tiger killed cattle.
Full story at timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/Tiger-found-dead-in-Kodaikanal-poisoning-suspected/artic...
Image: Carcass of a tiger found in Pazhamputhoor village, in Tamil Nadu, India, via timesofindia.indiatimes.com ... See MoreSee Less
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Australian tip-off leads to online wildlife trafficking sting in Indonesia
Jakarta: A tip-off from the Australian Federal Police led to a sting that nabbed two Indonesians who had smuggled Papuan reptiles to Australia in an international online wildlife trafficking operation.
Indonesia is a global hotspot for the lucrative illegal trade of exotic animals, in demand both dead and alive as trophy pets, for leather products and for use in Asian medicines.
Most of the animals smuggled to Australia from Indonesia are reptiles, which are often sent live in the mail.
"A Papuan local may only receive $10 for a green tree python, the Indonesian trafficker will charge Australian customers $200 to $300 and once in Australia, rare reptiles can fetch up to $10,000 on the animal black market," said an AFP spokeswoman
... Last week the Indonesian National Police held a ceremonial burning of seized contraband, including four Sumatran tiger skins, a kilogram of tiger bones, tiger skin wallets, a stuffed hawksbill sea turtle, a stuffed crocodile head and a helmeted hornbill casque.
Sumatran tigers are critically endangered with fewer than 400 living in forests in the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
Although the AFP was not involved in the contraband seizure, a representative was invited to attend the burning ceremony, to reflect the close co-operation between the two countries on environmental crime.
Full story at www.smh.com.au/world/australian-tipoff-leads-to-online-wildlife-trafficking-sting-in-indonesia-20...
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Image: An Indonesian police official and forestry ministry conservation officers burn the head of a crocodile during extermination of crime evidence of protected animals in Jakarta, February 2016 (c) Irwin Fedriansyah ... See MoreSee Less
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