The annual UN International Anti-Corruption Day (9 December) provides an opportunity to reflect on whether the global community is making progress in curbing this persistent and pernicious crime – and in terms of the prevalence of corruption as a key enabler of environmental crime, the overall prognosis is not good.
Looking back into a past of chaos, corruption and crime, Indonesia has clearly come a long way in reforming its timber sector. During the 1990s and early 2000s, illegal logging was so widespread that more than 70-80 per cent of timber produced in Indonesia was sourced illegally
When we buy our sugar, coffee, chocolate, leather, burgers, soy milk or wooden garden chairs we may be helping to fund deforestation. It's estimated that 53 per cent of those areas cleared in recent decades have been for agricultural commodities, as a result the EU has become a major driver of deforestation
EIA has worked with some of the most dedicated groups, individuals and communities over the past two decades to ensure that valuable timber species are included in addressing transnational crime and that forests are seen as part of the international sustainable development agenda
Founded in 1984, we first began working to protect forests in the mid-1990s, through advocating a global forests convention. By the late 1990s it became clear a more direct approach was needed to curb tropical deforestation, we changed tack and began documenting illegal logging in a vital Indonesia orangutan habitat
The work of our Forests team is about far more than trees and the protection of the Earth’s precious remaining forests – it also keeps a sharp watch on the issue of forest conversion for cash crops, especially palm oil, and on related human rights issues such as corruption, governance and land rights