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EIA Forest Campaign at CITES CoP18

Follow EIA's Wildlife Campaign at the 18th meeting of the CITES Conference of the Parties as our campaigners work to ensure protections for some of the world's most at-risk wildlife populations.

August 17, 2019

Deputy Director of Forest Campaigns Susanne Breitkopf gives an update on EIA's forest priorities on Day 1 of CITES Cop18.



August 20, 2019

Malawi Forestry Advisor Clement Chilima talks Malawi's proposal to add African Mukula rosewood to CITES Appendix II to protect it from the illegal logging that is endangering the species in the range states and robbing locals of both the trees and economic potential.



Malawi Forestry Advisor Clement Chilima talks about Malawi's national tree, Mulanje cedar, and the need to protect it from further destruction. Chilima is at CITES CoP18 proposing Mulanje be added to Appendix II to help end the illegal logging and export of the species the country has worked so hard to restore after rampant plundering of the forests.



August 28, 2019

Susanne Breitkopf gives an update on on the last day of CITES Cop18, detailing the many successes trees have had at the convention. Watch the video below and read the press release here.



Malawi Forestry Advisor Clement Chilima celebrates the success of listing Malawi's Mulanje cedar and Mukula rosewood on Appendix II of CITES, and emphasizes the need for enforcement.

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Recent Blog Posts

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Civil Society Statement on the Weakening of Institutions and Governance in the Forest Sector
California’s New Plan to Reduce HFCs in Supermarkets
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Part one in a series on policy trends on eliminating HFCs, emerging from California.

Recent Reports

Cashing-In On Chaos
06/03/2020
Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA)’s three-year investigation into the Senegal-Gambia-China rosewood traffic uncovered unprecedented evidence on a series of major forest crimes.
Mukula Cartel
12/05/2019
In Zambia the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) found that a handful of very high profile figures have apparently orchestrated and facilitated massive trafficking operations for years that are driving mukula rosewood trees to the edge of commercial extinction, devastating vulnerable forests and threatening communities’ livelihoods.

Recent Press Releases

Exposed: The Gambia’s Blood Wood Trafficking
06/03/2020
The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA)’s new report, Cashing-In On Chaos, conclusively establishes links between timber trafficking controlled by Senegalese armed rebels; the decade-long smuggling of an estimated 1.6 million trees from Senegal to The Gambia; and the illegal re-export of the disappearing rosewood trees to China, in violation of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Some of EIA’s findings are featured in the BBC’s documentary The Trees That Bleed: How rosewood is smuggled from Senegal into Gambia, released in March 2020.
EIA looks forward to the release of an uncensored rosewood investigative report by the Ghanaian government
01/23/2020
EIA looks forward to the release of an uncensored rosewood investigative report by the Ghanaian government

Recent Videos

Mukula Cartel
12/05/2019
In Zambia the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) found that a handful of very high profile figures have apparently orchestrated and facilitated massive trafficking operations for years that are driving mukula rosewood trees to the edge of commercial extinction, devastating vulnerable forests and threatening communities’ livelihoods
Japan’s Ivory Trade Faces Intensifying Opposition at Home and Abroad (Japanese Subtitles)
10/29/2019
Japan’s Ivory Trade Faces Intensifying Opposition at Home and Abroad
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