Tag: madagascar

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 […]

Sri Lanka: Selling Malagasy rosewood will stimulate illegal trade

On April 2nd, 2014, Sri Lankan customs officials announced the seizure of 420 metric tons (3,669 logs) of rosewood.1 At the time, officials proclaimed that this was the largest ever recorded seizure of rosewood.2 According to CMA CGM online tracking3, the 28 containers seized by Sri Lankan authorities were originally loaded in Zanzibar on March 2nd, […]

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 […]

Missing the Forest for the Carbon? EIA Analysis of the FCPF Carbon Fund

Launched in 2008, the FCPF was among the first multilateral funds to support countries in their efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD+). After eight years of financial support for REDD+ readiness, the first countries are finalizing national REDD+ strategies and seeking funding for investments to implement programs to reduce deforestation and degradation […]

<p>Illegal logging in the Russian Far East is of particular concern because the forests are home to the last 450 wild Siberian tigers. The Lumber Liquidators case was investigated jointly by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Homeland Security Investigations and prosecuted by the Department of Justice under the name “Operation Oakenshield.”</p>

Time for Action: an EIA Briefing for the 66th CITES Standing Committee

In preparation for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) 66th Standing Committee meeting, EIA has produced the following briefing, Time for Action: An EIA briefing on illegal logging and related trade of precious woods for CITES SC66. The illegal harvest, trade, and export of ebonies (Diospyros spp.), palisanders and rosewoods (Dalbergia spp.) […]