Forests

The Hongmu Challenge

The Hongmu Challenge

A briefing for the 66th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee, January 2016. Hongmu is the Chinese term for high-end reproduction furniture made from richly hued durable tropical hardwoods, a…

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Who Watches the Watchmen?

Who Watches the Watchmen?

A report exposing critical failures in an international system seeking to assure consumers that the palm oil they buy in many thousands of products is sustainable. The Roundtable on Sustainable…

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Myanmar’s Rosewood Crisis

Myanmar’s Rosewood Crisis

A briefing documenting how Myanmar’s precious rosewood trees face commercial extinction at the hands of China’s multi-billion dollar ‘hongmu’ reproduction furniture boom. Myanmar’s Rosewood Crisis warns that if current trends…

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