A year after the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) exposed how corrupt Government officials and military personnel in Vietnam are complicit in smuggling huge quantities of illegal timber from Cambodia, new investigations reveal the industrial-scale theft continues
Our new report, Repeat Offender: Vietnam's persistent trade in illegal timber, exposes corrupt individuals from the Vietnam Government and military complicit in smuggling huge quantitites of illegal timber from Cambodia. This has been launched ahead of a meeting between Vietnam and the EU to combat illegal logging.
Siamese rosewood has been illegally logged to the brink of extinction in the Mekong region to feed a voracious demand for luxury furniture in China which leaves a bloody trail of death, violence and corruption in its wake in a trade driven by the expanding wealthy elites in China
As UN trade restrictions on endangered Siam rosewood come into effect, EIA warned the future of the species relies on range states and key user countries delivering on their protection obligations. EIA played a key role in supporting the Thai and Vietnamese governments efforts to secure CITES protection for the species
EIA has called on China’s Redwood Committee and its parent timber trade federation to ensure policies and members do not underwrite the destruction of a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Thailand’s violent rosewood wars after the Thai Government claimed demand for Siam rosewood left it unable to stop armed illegal loggers