Madagascar’s new business proposal for ridding itself of its vast stockpiles of illegally-harvested rosewood was met with a resounding “no” from a committee that regulates world trade in endangered species, because the proposal involved paying off local timber barons.
Chinese demand for luxury timber is driving logging in the Solomon Islands at an unsustainable rate, and may see them stripped of forest by 2036, according to a new report by Global Witness.
A group of Cambodian civil society organizations has petitioned the European Union to reconsider signing an agreement on timber trade with Vietnam, saying that the country has not done enough to stop the flow of illegally-cut Cambodian wood across its borders.
Environmental crimes are now the biggest source of funding for non-state militias and terrorist organizations, bringing in 38 percent of their revenue, according to a new study released by Interpol and researchers on global organized crime.
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