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.
Indonesia’s long-running problem with illegal logging has had devastating impacts. Illegal loggers and traders have particularly focused on high value timber species such as merbau. In recent years, however, the Indonesian Government, with support from civil society, has made significant efforts to combat this destructive crime.
EIA conducted a review of the information gathered between 2017 and 2020 by its Wildlife and Forests teams in Africa and Asia in order to examine the relationship between wildlife and forest crime. Detailed analysis of this information revealed a relationship (or ’nexus’) between the two crime types in three key areas...
Vietnam’s timber processing industry is one of the largest in the world, with exports of $11.5 billion in 2019. It relies significantly on imported timber, especially to produce furniture for international markets. To date, a large amount of that timber is procured from illegal sources.
Analysis by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and Indonesian partners Kaoem Telapak reveals Indonesia is not set to fundamentally improve its palm oil standards.