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On April 2nd, 2014, Sri Lankan customs officials announced the seizure of 420 metric tons (3,669 logs) of rosewood.
- Historic Endangered Timber Smuggling Case Revealed Between Nigeria and China
One of the largest timber smuggling operations in history is revealed today by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) in a report that shows how over 1.4 million illegal rosewood logs from Nigeria, worth US$300 million, were laundered into China.
- The Rosewood Racket
The results of a two-year investigation by EIA, The Rosewood Racket details the journey of illegal African rosewood, also known as “kosso,” from the remote forests of Nigeria beset by illegal logging to luxury furniture boutiques in China, despite protections placed on this threatened tree species by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
- Historic Sentence for Largest Wildlife Crime in Recent History
Trader smuggled 50 million dollars’ worth of rosewood into Singapore, expects jail
- Cycles of Destruction: Unsustainability, Illegality, and Violence in the Hongmu Trade
EIA has produced a new briefing ahead of the 17th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species on the trade of a rare and valuable "red wood" known commonly as hongmu...
- Lost Years in the Fight Against Trafficking Malagasy Woods
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)...
- West African Forestry Leaders Take Historic Action to Fight Illegal Rosewood Trade
For the first time, representatives from 11 West African countries have agreed to take action aimed at curbing illegal rosewood logging and associated trade in the region. At the first international conference ever held in Guinea-Bissau, deputies from Economic Community of Western African States (ECOWAS) member...
- EIA releases two new reports on precious woods for CITES SC66
Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) are gathered this week in Geneva for the 66th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee. On the agenda are critical protections for precious timbers from Madagascar, Southeast Asia, Latin America, and West Africa. EIA has prepared two briefings...
- Singapore releases 30,000 logs of illegal Malagasy rosewood
Judge neglects Singapore’s treaty obligations under CITES A judge in Singapore has dismissed the case against an importer, Mr. Wong Wee Keong and his company Kong Hoo, for bringing in nearly 30,000 logs of allegedly illegal Malagasy rosewood…
- NGOs Denounce Illegal Rosewood Traffic in Madagascar’s Protected Areas
While the Malagasy environmental activist Armand Marozafy was denied his request for parole this very day, Isabelle Autissier, Françis Hallé, Thierry Lhermitte, Yann Arthus-Bertrand, and Alexander von Bismarck appear...