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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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Room for Improvement: Using DNA Analysis to Address Rhino Horn Trafficking
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Recent Reports

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Five Years of Failure
01/19/2022
A review of the effectiveness of the US Government recovery plan for critically endangered Cook Inlet beluga whales
Proveedores indirectos: la falta de trazabilidad completa en las cadenas de suministro expone a los supermercados colombianos a la deforestación ilegal
12/09/2021
La ganadería, la cual se lleva a cabo en gran parte de manera ilegal, se ha convertido en uno de los principales motores de deforestación en la Amazonía, desde Brasil hasta Paraguay y Colombia. Como lo documentó EIA en su investigación, titulada Carne contaminada, los principales supermercados en Colombia corren un alto riesgo de vender productos vinculados a ciertas actividades ilícitas en las áreas protegidas, incluyendo pagos a grupos armados.
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