Campaign Focus Areas
- EIA’s ‘Rosewood Racket’ Report Prompts International Probe into Nigeria-China Timber Trafficking
This week, in response to the dire rosewood crisis in West Africa and particularly in Nigeria, the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) informed its 183 member countries of exceptional control measures.
- Fighting Forest Crime: CITES takes action against illegal rosewood trade
At its 69th meeting, the Standing Committee (SC69) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) took important steps to curb the destructive illegal trade in rosewoods from Africa.
- "Open Door" to Traffickers - An EIA/AVG briefing about Malagasy rosewoods, ebonies and palisanders for CITES SC69
"Open Door" to Traffickers - An EIA/AVG briefing about Malagasy rosewoods, ebonies and palisanders for CITES SC69
EIA/AVG concur with Madagascar that “much remains to be done” in the implementation of the CITES action plan on Malagasy ebonies (Diospyros spp.), palisanders and rosewoods (Dalbergia spp.).
On April 2nd, 2014, Sri Lankan customs officials announced the seizure of 420 metric tons (3,669 logs) of rosewood.
- 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 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.
- Historic Sentence for Largest Wildlife Crime in Recent History
Trader smuggled 50 million dollars’ worth of rosewood into Singapore, expects jail
- 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)...
- 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...
- 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...