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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 willing to export timber 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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Dutch timber company prosecuted under EUTR for trading in illegal teak

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

A Dutch timber company has been found guilty of violating the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) for placing illegally sourced teak from Myanmar on the European market.

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GLAD deforestation alerts back up and running after hiatus

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

GLAD deforestation alerts on the Global Forest Watch website have become available again from October 16th, for the first time since Spring of this year. The new alerts are available within particular areas of interest on the Global Forest Watch map and can be viewed online or downloaded and viewed offline via the recently launched Forest Watcher app.

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Global Forest Watch launches forest monitoring app

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

A new app, called Forest Watcher, will alert forest defenders and enforcement officials to the latest fire alerts and deforestation data in their area. It is available to download for free, in multiple languages.

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Certifying Body issues new guidance to timber companies on identifying fake documents

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Earlier this month, the Certification Body NepCon released guidance for timber companies on how to identify fake documentation in their Due Diligence systems. It will also be running free training workshops on EUTR compliance in twelve EU countries over the next few weeks.

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