Timber smugglers won’t heed China’s voluntary guidelines

Timber smugglers won’t heed China’s voluntary guidelines

Massive flows of illegal timber stolen from forests around the world will not be stemmed by voluntary industry guidelines currently being developed by the Chinese Government, environmentalists have warned. In formal comments recently submitted to the Chinese Government and published today, the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) has recommended the guidelines be replaced with a principled…
US$20 million peruvian hardwoods seized in international operation

US$20 million peruvian hardwoods seized in international operation

An international operation involving Interpol and the World Customs Organisation (WCO) has seen US$20.6 million of illegal timber confiscated that had originated from Peru’s forests. Law enforcement officers from Brazil, China, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Peru took part in the operation and they were supported by Interpol offices spanning South America including the National Central…
93% of logging in Mozambique is illegal

93% of logging in Mozambique is illegal

Insatiable Chinese demand for timber is driving a grossly unsustainable illegal logging and timber smuggling crisis which threatens to undermine Mozambique’s forest resources. Launching the new report First Class Crisis today, the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) revealed that a staggering 93 per cent of logging in Mozambique during 2013 was illegal. Research, undercover investigations and…
Myanmar’s rosewoods in crisis as Chinese imports rise 6 fold in 3 years

Myanmar’s rosewoods in crisis as Chinese imports rise 6 fold in 3 years

Myanmar’s precious rosewood tree species are heading for imminent commercial extinction at the hands of China’s multi-billion dollar rosewood furniture boom. The illegal trade in rosewood species is driven by the expanding wealthy elites in China and their desire for the high-end Ming and Qing dynasty reproduction furniture collectively known as ‘hongmu’. In the briefing…
UK government clarifies protection of public forest estate

UK government clarifies protection of public forest estate

The UK government has clarified the position of the public forests estate in relation to the Infrastructure Bill. Public owned forests will not be part of the land that the government is seeking to release to boost much-needed housing in the country. Public forests will be protected from being transferred to the Homes and Communities…
New initiative to protect Africa’s forests

New initiative to protect Africa’s forests

A new multi-national initiative has been launched at the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) to try and protect what remains of east African forests and combat an illegal timber trade thought to be worth up to US$100 billion a year. The new action will involve Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda working together with Interpol and various UN…
Indonesian cop is jailed for eight years for major timber smuggling racket

Indonesian cop is jailed for eight years for major timber smuggling racket

Timber-smuggling Indonesian police officer Labora Sitorus has been jailed for eight years after a legal appeal overturned the shockingly lenient verdict handed down earlier this year by a court in West Papua. Low-ranking Sitorus was originally charged with illegal logging, fuel smuggling and money laundering but the Sorong-based officer was in February found guilty of just…
72% of Myanmar’s timber exports go ‘unlogged’

72% of Myanmar’s timber exports go ‘unlogged’

New analysis of the Myanmar Government’s forestry and trade data points to a multi-billion dollar illegal logging and exports black hole – indicating widespread criminality and official corruption. The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) today released the new briefing Data Corruption: Exposing the true scale of logging in Myanmar, scrutinising official figures on log harvests and…