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Illegal logging discovered in 90 per cent of Nordsudtimber’s DRC concessions

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

A new investigation by Global Witness exposes the illegality of Nordsudtimber’s logging activities in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the systemic weaknesses which are allowing the destructive exploitation of its rainforests. French, German and Norwegian governments are preparing to provide 28.3 million Euros to encourage further logging in the DRC. The report states that such an expansion would release an additional 35 million tonnes of CO2 in the first year, and around 874 million tonnes over the first 25-year cycle.

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New report calls for increased penalties after detailing failures to properly enforce EU Timber Regulation

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

An important new report by Client Earth finds that five years on, authorities tasked with enforcing the EU Timber Regulation are still failing to take stringent action against companies that may be in breach of its provisions. The report states that EUTR penalties are rarely enforced to the ‘effective, proportionate and dissuasive’ legal standard, even in EU Countries which have seen a recent positive trend in EUTR enforcement.

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FSC will no longer have stamp of approval from Greenpeace

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

FSC certification continues to be relied on heavily by companies for compliance with the EUTR. However the most well-known forest certification body in the world just lost the confidence of one of its oldest allies. Greenpeace announced last week that it would not be renewing its membership of the FSC, stating that the body had become a tool for timber extraction and was failing to protect natural forests from exploitation.

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New report shows how joint use of EUTR and Lacey could be key to stronger enforcement of both laws

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

An important new EIA report, A Tale of Two Laws, shows how the Lacey Act and EUTR can potentially be used together to extend legal and/or commercial risks and liabilities to nearly all actors in the supply chain, for EU timber products traded to the US. EIA hopes this new information linking the two laws can be used to dramatically increase accountability in illegal and high-risk timber supply chains in the EU and US.

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Success for illegal logging legislation as Australian Senate blocks attempt to water down due diligence requirements

Friday, February 16th, 2018

A controversial plan to weaken the Illegal Logging Prohibition Act (ILPA) has been blocked by the Australian Senate this month. The plan, put forward by the Australian Government in October 2017, would have eliminated key due diligence requirements for importers, exempting all overseas wood products certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or the Programme for Endorsements of Forest Certification (PEFC) from information gathering requirements to prove they were legally harvested.

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UK furniture retailer becomes first British company to be fined under the EUTR

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Designer furniture retailer Lombok has become the first UK company to be fined under the EUTR since it came into force in 2013 . Many firms, particularly in the furniture sector, still lack full supply chain traceability, leading environmental groups to suggest the prosecution by the Westminster Magistrate’s Court is likely to be the “tip of the iceberg”.

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Scandalous rosewood trade: $300 million in illegal rosewood logs smuggled from Nigeria to China

Monday, January 8th, 2018

In a sensational investigation released in November 2017, NGO Environmental Investigation Agency revealed how millions in illegal rosewood ”kosso” logs were smuggled from Nigeria to supply luxury furniture markets in China, despite protections placed on the threatened species.

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Research paper provides valuable insight into grassroots mapping projects

Monday, January 8th, 2018

A study by a Mexican university critically examines the prospects for community forest and land mapping projects in South America, with a view to improving the implementation of such projects in future. The authors find that preliminary results of the initiatives examined have been positive.

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The saga of the Yacu Kallpa: New report shows complicity of Peruvian timber companies

Friday, January 5th, 2018

In late 2015, the cargo ship Yacu Kallpa, on its way to the US, was raided by Peruvian authorities. 96 per cent of timber on board was subsequently found to be illegal. New undercover work by NGO Global Witness shows how unscrupulous Peruvian suppliers connected to the case were happy to make the exports even though they were fully aware the timber in question may have been illegal.

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Companies in the EU and US buying timber from firms linked to Amazon bloodbath

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

”Blood-Stained Timber” a new report by Greenpeace, exposes the EU and US companies that reportedly continued to import timber from a firm in Brazil even after its owner was charged with ordering the violent murders of rural communities in the Amazon.

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