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China and the Illegal Rhinoceros Horn Trade: Deficiencies and Recommendations

An insatiable demand for rhino horn has driven a poaching crisis that has seen at least 7,100 rhinos slaughtered in Africa over the past decade. China has historically been a significant consumer of rhinoceros horn and is the primary destination for poached rhino horn today. Since 2006 1.42 metric tons of seized rhino horn have […]

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Superficial Reforms: An Analysis of Recent Amendments to Japan’s Ivory Control Laws

In response to international concern about major weaknesses in its domestic ivory control system and evidence of illegal ivory trade, recently the Government of Japan (GoJ) made changes to its domestic ivory control laws and associated programs and institutions. These purported improvements are outlined in Notification to the Parties No. 2018/0611 and SC70 Doc. 49.1 […]

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東欧から日本への木材調達に 新しい法的リスク

Read the report in English here 東欧のカルパチア山脈は、日本人にとって縁遠いところに思われるかもしれないが、その太古の から盗伐された木材が日本の住宅産業のあらゆるところで使われている。ルーマニアおよびウクライナからの新しい報告で欧州最大手の木材加工業者による広範囲な違法伐採、腐敗、贈賄行為について明らかになった。ヨーロッパ大陸最大のクマ、オオカミ、オオヤマネコの個体群および同地域の山村住民の生活が脅かされている。この違法伐採木材の多くは日本の最大手の商社によって買い付けられ、日本全国に流通している。 [...]

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The Racket Continues

The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) commends the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) for its investigation into the illegal rosewood trade from Nigeria. We note the convergence of the investigation’s results with EIA’s own findings, presented a year ago in the “The Rosewood Racket” report, including the […]

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Paying Off the Traffickers: A Costly and Dangerous Precedent

The revised “Stockpile Verification Mechanism and Business Plan” (hereafter “Business Plan”) presented by Madagascar to the Standing Committee (SC) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) at its 70th meeting (SC70) fails to resolve serious concerns raised by the Secretariat, by Parties at SC69, and by international […]

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African Log Bans Matter

Investments by Chinese companies in Africa’s forest sector have boomed in recent years, often playing a significant role in national economies, rural communities and stimulating technological transfer, especially related to timber processing. Unfortunately, the win-win vision developed by Chinese and African governments is undermined by certain businessmen who are taking a radically different approach. The latter do not hesitate to bypass African national laws or take advantage […]