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Feeding Forest Crime How U.S. imports support the timber barons of Southeast Asia

In an effort to staunch the illegal flow of its resources, Indonesia enacted a log export ban in September 2001and a sawn timber export ban in October 2004 (strengthened in February 2006). Despite these laws, U.S. trade data show that 1,570 shipments of Indonesian sawn timber, worth some $30 million,11 entered U.S. ports between November 2004 and November 2006: more than two shipments per day during that span.

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Recent Blog Posts

Seizing the Moment: How Ghana Can End the Destruction of the Illegal Rosewood Trade Now
07/21/2020
As exports and imports worldwide are estimated to be at their lowest levels in four years due to the impact of COVID-19, Ghana, a key epicenter of the rosewood trade in West Africa, is no exception to this trend.
Civil Society Statement on the Weakening of Institutions and Governance in the Forest Sector
03/13/2020
Civil Society Statement on the Weakening of Institutions and Governance in the Forest Sector

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

Amazon in Emergency
08/13/2020
Through a public letter addressed to the President of Peru, Martin Vizcarra, more than a hundred organizations of Peruvian and international civil society ask for the implementation of urgent and immediate measures, in view of the deaths of hundreds of indigenous people from the Amazon due to COVID-19, and to start the dialogue demanded by the national indigenous organization AIDESEP more than a month ago.
Amazonía en Emergencia
08/13/2020
Mediante una carta pública dirigida al Presidente del Perú, Martín Vizcarra, más de cien organizaciones de la sociedad civil peruana e internacional solicitan la implementación de medidas urgentes e inmediatas ante la muerte de cientos de indígenas amazónicos debido al COVID-19 y que se inicie el diálogo exigido por la organización indígena AIDESEP y sus bases hace más de un mes.

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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
Raw Intelligence: GOCA
10/18/2019
Mr. Lu is the Secretary of the Association of Overseas Chinese in Gabon and a leading figure in the Forest Union of the Asian Industry in Gabon (UFIAG). He doesn’t miss an opportunity to publicly defend Chinese logging companies in Gabon, and to assert that these entrepreneurs operate with the best of intentions.
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