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.
These meetings assess the progress made by countries on key issues of wildlife and timber trade, as set out in CITES. We persistently advocate robust measures for the protection of wild fauna and flora. This 70th meeting was a busy one with a lot to digest, here’s a summary of the key issues with which we engaged
Illegal wildlife and timber seizures made routinely around the world are often used as a high-profile photo opportunity for the media ¬– but if the cameras are brought in as soon as a seizure is made it is a fair bet there will not be a meaningful investigation as publicising the seizure can serve to tip off criminals
Since the listing of Siamese rosewood on Appendix II of CITES virtually all trade has been characterised by crime, fake and illegitimate permits, failures in permit verification and the killings of hundreds of illegal loggers and dozens of forest rangers. Despite this, significant risks of ongoing illicit trade persist
A briefing prepared for the 3rd Regional Dialogue on Preventing Illegal Logging and Trade in Siamese Rosewood. Despite some important reforms during 2016, significant risks of ongoing illegitimate trade in CITES-listed rosewood species persist - including for both Siamese rosewood and Burmese rosewood