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Authorized Plunder

Authorized Plunder

The ongoing sale of “pre-Convention” specimens of Pterocarpus erinaceus in Guinea-Bissau has quickly become the archetype of an ill-conceived stockpile disposal process that directly undermines the integrity of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

New findings by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) indicate that the current sale of about 180,000 logs, authorized by the CITES Secretariat through the end of 2018, has resulted in the laundering of fresh logs into the unsecured stockpiles, new illegal harvest of vulnerable CITES-protected wild populations, benefits to traffickers who are de-facto controlling the CITES-authorized sale, and multilayered corruption schemes.

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Recent Blog Posts

South Korea Says "아니요" (No) to Illegal Timber
11/08/2018
South Korea has joined the ranks of countries prohibiting the import of illegal timber.
EIA Statement: CFC-11 Production in China
06/25/2018
As noted in the New York Times story, In a High-Stakes Environmental Whodunit, Many Clues Point to China, EIA sources on the ground uncovered criminal actors in China illegally producing and using banned gas, CFC-11 for the foam industry.

Recent Reports

New legal risks for Japanese timber sourcing from Eastern Europe
09/28/2018
Eastern Europe’s Carpathian Mountains may seem remote for most Japanese, but lumber stolen from these ancient forests permeates Japan’s housebuilding sector. New reports from Romania and Ukraine reveal the extent of illegal logging, corruption, and bribery practiced by some of Europe’s largest wood processors.
Superficial Reforms: An Analysis of Recent Amendments to Japan's Ivory Control Laws
09/28/2018
Briefing Document for Delegates to CITES Standing Committee 70

Recent Press Releases

Alert: The Peruvian Government backs down in the fight against illegal logging
12/18/2018
While the Agency for Supervision of Forest Resources and Wildlife (Osinfor) has continued to identify illegal harvest and trade of timber in Peru, providing key information that has compelled other agencies to recognize and act upon the seriousness of illegality in the Peruvian forestry sector, on Wednesday, December 12 the Presidency of the Council of Ministers (PCM) approved a Supreme Decree that undermines the independence of Osinfor by removing it from the PCM and relocating it within the Ministry of Environment (MINAM).
Alerta: El Gobierno Peruano retrocede en la lucha contra la Tala Ilegal
12/14/2018
Mientras el Organismo de Supervisión de los Recursos Forestales y de Fauna Silvestre (Osinfor) continúa identificando la extracción y comercio de madera ilegal en el Perú y difundiendo información clave que obliga a otras autoridades a reconocer la grave situación de ilegalidad en el sector forestal peruano y a tomar acciones, el Consejo de Ministros aprobó el miércoles 12 un Decreto Supremo que corta la imprescindible independencia del Osinfor al retirarlo de la Presidencia del Consejo de Ministros (PCM) y reubicarlo bajo el Ministerio de Ambiente (MINAM).

Recent Videos

The 'S' Files
02/16/2017
EIA's series of videos exposing Holzindustrie Schweighofer's involvement in illegal logging in Romania,
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