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What “Build Better” Means for the Forests of the World

The Case for Full Enforcement of the 2008 US Lacey Act Amendments and the Example of US-Vietnam Trade Biden has committed to rebuild the US, its economy and its position in the world not as it was pre-Covid-19 pandemic and pre-Trump administration, but “better.” He has also pledged to make the mitigation of the climate […]

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Commemorating Ten Years Combatting Illicit Timber Trade and Forest Crime

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the 2008 U.S. Lacey Act Amendments – landmark legislation aimed at halting the destructive and criminal practice of illegal logging. The 2008 amendment to the century-old Lacey Act expanded coverage to plants, including the harvest and trade of stolen timber. The legislation represented not only a huge step forward […]

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Lacey Act: Landmark Legislation with Global Impacts for Forest Conservation

Leading the World with a Policy to Protect Forests from Harmful Trade The United States Lacey Act, named after Iowa Congressman John Lacey, was originally passed in 1900, and its impacts have given it renown as the most successful conservation law. Initially aimed at combatting illegal wildlife trafficking, the Act made it a federal crime […]

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Time for FSC to Embrace Traceability, Transparency and Technology

In a new article in Yale Environment 360, renowned environmental writer Richard Conniff identifies fundamental problems facing the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification group. Unfortunately, in too many parts of the world, organizations such as the FSC are merely certifying the status quo. This often undermines any meaningful reform efforts to truly protect the world’s […]

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Fighting illegal logging in Peru: The Full Story

Last week, the United States announced it will block timber imports from Peruvian exporter Inversiones La Oroza for up to three years, due to massive amounts of illegal wood in one of their shipments. This historic action follows a verification conducted last year under the Forest Annex of the US-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement, which found […]

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On World Rhino Day, EIA Calls for an End to All Rhino Horn Trade

By Taylor Tench, Assistant Policy Analyst Today on World Rhino Day we join scientists, conservationists, and wildlife enthusiasts around the world in celebrating these iconic species. Yet perhaps more importantly, World Rhino Day provides an opportunity to reflect on the plight of the world’s rhinos and address the alarming movement to legalize the rhino horn […]