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Liquidating the Forests

A new EIA investigative report reveals the largest flooring retailer in the United States is fueling Russia’s illegal logging crisis and endangering Siberian Tigers.

Liquidating the Forests: Hardwood Flooring, Organized Crime, and the World’s Last Siberian Tigers reveals that demand for hardwood flooring and furniture in the United States, European Union, Japan, and China is fueling corruption and making the world’s last temperate hardwood forests into a major epicenter for illegal logging. As much as 80 percent of all timber exported annually from the region is illegal. This activity serves to enrich a handful of corrupt actors, while destroying the Russian Far East’s unique biodiverse ecosystem, depriving the Russian state of tens of millions of dollars in lost tax revenue and threatening the livelihoods of over 100,000 indigenous people.

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Recent Blog Posts

Schweighofer’s ongoing sourcing of illegal timber in Romania and Ukraine again revealed
09/21/2016
A new documentary video released yesterday by investigative journalist groups RISE and OCCRP once again names Austrian timber giant Holzindustrie Schweighofer as one of the largest buyers of illegal timber in Romania...
Peruvian Government to London Stock Exchange: Support our actions against United Cacao
05/24/2016
Today, May 24 2016, the national forestry authority in Peru (SERFOR) issued a public statement confirming the illegal operations of United Cacao’s subsidiary in the country, clarifying, once again that the company does not have the required environmental approval. Citing large scale illegal...

Recent Reports

Letter To FSC Board of Directors regarding Holzindustrie Schweighofer
02/07/2017
EIA has written a letter To the FSC Board of Directors regarding Holzindustrie Schweighofer
FSC Policy for Association complaint - WWF Germany vs. Holzindustrie Schweighofer
12/07/2016
A report published by the FSC complaint panel. WWF Germany vs. Holzindustrie Schweighofer

Recent Videos

The 'S' Files
02/16/2017
EIA's series of videos exposing Holzindustrie Schweighofer's involvement in illegal logging in Romania,
The 'S' Files, Case #3: Depot Deception
12/21/2016
The latest in EIA's video series, The 'S' Files, Depot Deception shows that Holzindustrie Schweighofer, one of the largest timber companies in Europe, appears to be systematically...
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