If you are looking for EIA UK, it's overhere.

Lost Years in the Fight Against Trafficking Malagasy Woods

An EIA briefing for CITES SC67 and CoP17


The government of Madagascar has failed to fulfill its commitments under the 2013 Action Plan accompanying the listing of its populations of ebonies, palisanders, and rosewoods to Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

Despite a logging ban put in place in 2006 due to critical declines in wild stocks, an export embargo since 2010, and the CITES Appendix II listings in 2013, the illegal harvest and smuggling of high-value rosewoods has continued in Madagascar. Despite substantial support from international organizations, the Malagasy government has failed to implement the key activities of the Action Plan adopted at CoP16, including a comprehensive stockpile assessment and effective enforcement measures against illegal logging and trade. Not a single timber baron has been successfully prosecuted to date. Local civil society and journalists continue to denounce the impunity and high-level corruption in the country despite increasing pressure from the government to remain silent. Instead of acting to end the illegal trade, Madagascar has repeatedly requested to reopen the rosewood trade in recent years, and does so again in the document submitted to the SC67.

Member States gathered for the 67th meeting of the Standing Committee (SC67) and the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP17) in Johannesburg must take strong measures and assist Madagascar to guarantee the conservation of these species now very rare in the wild, and still under pressure of illegal logging and related trade.

Download EIA's briefing, 2013-2016: Lost Years in the Fight Against Trafficking of Malagasy Precious Woods here.

View all Reports

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.
Not One More: Another Activist Silenced by Arrest in Madagascar
06/07/2018
Christopher Magnenjiky was arrested for obscure and unjust reasons mid-May 2018

Recent Reports

Authorized Plunder
12/12/2018
A new report by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), Authorized Plunder, documents how the sale of 180,000 rosewood logs in Guinea-Bissau, enabled by the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), is fueled by high-level corruption, encourages illegal logging, and threatens local communities.
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.

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,
Follow us @eiaenvironment on twitter for the latest updates!