For a decade, Vietnam has been repeatedly highlighted for its role in the international illegal wildlife trade, so it is encouraging to see the recent efforts taken by the Government to address its involvement; it is to be congratulated for the measures it has taken and the successes it has had domestically.
Here we analyse Indonesia’s key policies related to palm oil sustainability and deregulation, including the potential impacts of the newly passed UUCK.
On the eve of a meeting of the World Heritage Committee, EIA urges it to strip the world-famous Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania of its status as a World Heritage Site due to the irreversible damage done by construction of a controversial dam.
The United Nations General Assembly special session on corruption from 2-4 June 2021 (UNGASS) is an opportunity to highlight the important relationship between environmental crime and corruption and to galvanise governments and relevant agencies into action. The corruption that drives wildlife and forest crime is extensive and systemic and will be difficult to stop; arrests of ‘rogue individuals’ will not prevent further corruption. However, there are steps which EIA believes could be effective.
Out of Africa: How West and Central Africa have become the epicentre of ivory and pangolin scale trafficking to Asia details how endemic corruption, weak or absent rule of law, low levels of development and hotspots of armed conflict have left the region wide open to exploitation by well-organised transnational criminal gangs.
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is one of the world’s most well-known certification schemes. Its environmental and social standards are often ranked highly and yet it continues to face criticism, eroding trust in its brand.