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
A video of illegal logging operations in the ecologically outstanding Raja Ampat Islands of West Papua has today been released by environmentalists following the arrest of rogue Indonesian cop-turned-smuggler Labora Sitorus, who financed and coordinated timber theft on a huge scale
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
The member countries of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) have agreed to list Siam Rosewood on Appendix II, granting international protection to this threatened species. This will help protect Siam Rosewood in range states and will serve as a legal tool to combat smuggling in China.
International policy-makers must stop stimulating demand for critically endangered species. EIA warned that conflicting decisions and top-level discussions regarding trade in the products of endangered species such as elephants, tigers and precious woods create consumer confusion and ultimately drive poaching/theft