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Setting the Story Straight The U.S. Lacey Act: Separating Myth from Reality

In 2008 the United States amended its long-standing Lacey Act to prohibit commerce in illegally sourced plants, including wood products. The new law is a significant change for the forest products sector, creating a previously non-existent level of responsibility all along the supply chain. Abiding by the Lacey Act will require many companies in the U.S. and abroad to make changes to their business practices. Inevitably, new laws and requirements create some confusion and misconceptions. In this document we try to clarify some of the most frequent myths about what the Lacey Act actually says and what ‘compliance’ with this law entails.

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Recent Blog Posts

Mukulagate
09/16/2021
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
03/26/2021
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

Tainted Beef
05/27/2021
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.
Carne Contaminada
05/27/2021
Un nuevo informe de la Agencia de Investigación Ambiental (EIA por sus siglas en inglés) revela cómo la carne que se vende en los supermercados colombianos está alimentando la deforestación ilegal en los bosques amazónicos protegidos y contribuyendo al financiamiento de grupos armados.

Recent Press Releases

US Company Pleads Guilty to Importing Illegal Timber from Peru
09/23/2021
US Company pleads guilty to importing illegal timber from Peru
The Lie Behind the Ply
06/30/2021
European Consumers of Tropical Plywood have been the Unwitting Drivers of Threatened Forest Degradation
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