Every two seconds, across the world, an area the size of a football field is clear cut by illegal loggers.” This was the opening statement of a new report launched last week in Washington DC by the World Bank. 'Justice for Forests: Improving criminal justice efforts to combat illegal logging'
We had spent two days walking through lush, verdant forest – the last ancestral forests of Muara Tae. The close, varied greens teeming with life could not have stood in greater contrast to the landscape that now stood in front of us. A monochrome, muddy yellow broken only by piles of dead, drying vegetation.
In Bangkok this week for the annual INTERPOL meeting on environmental crime, we took the opportunity to host a panel discussion at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand, highlighting the many forms environmental crime takes in the region and then turning the spotlight on the hot issue of rosewood