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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

While the coronavirus pandemic rages on, ravaging Zambia’s economy and crippling its citizens' lives, new findings by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) show that illegal exploitation and trade in mukula (Pterocarpus tinctorius) persists unabated, benefitting a small number of well-connected and wealthy individuals. A probing undercover investigation into illegal mukula logging and trade sheds light on the apparent theft of more than 10,000 trees and unveils information connecting the Zambia Agency For Persons With Disabilities (ZAPD), the Ministry of Community and Social Services, the Ministry of Tourism and Arts, and the office of the vice president. Nearly two years after EIA’s exposé on the institutional looting of Zambian forests, it appears that the more things have changed with the pandemic, when it comes to mukula, the more they’ve stayed the same.
Respaldo de Sociedad Civil a Defensora Ambiental en Perú
60 instituciones y miembros de la sociedad civil y organizaciones indígenas en Perú emitieron hoy un comunicado respaldando a la Defensora Ambiental Lucila Pautrat ante los ataques que viene recibiendo de parte de una empresa investigada por la instalación no autorizada de monocultivos agroindustriales en Tamshiyacu, en la Amazonía peruana.

Recent Reports

The Lie Behind the Ply
In an unprecedented investigation that connects threatened forests of Solomon Islands, China’s timber manufacturing hubs, and European importers, our new report The Lie Behind the Ply reveals how European consumers of tropical plywood have been the unwitting drivers of forest degradation. Our findings show that European companies appear to have imported thousands of tons of tropical-faced plywood, at high risk of containing illegal wood and in apparent violation of European law.
Tainted Beef
A new report by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) reveals how beef sold in Colombian supermarkets is fueling illegal deforestation in protected Amazon forests and contributing to financing armed groups.

Recent Press Releases

US Company Pleads Guilty to Importing Illegal Timber from Peru
US Company pleads guilty to importing illegal timber from Peru
The Lie Behind the Ply
European Consumers of Tropical Plywood have been the Unwitting Drivers of Threatened Forest Degradation
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