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Hidden stockpile in Madagascar.
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EIA Priorities for CITES CoP18

EIA_CITES_CoP18_Briefing_Document_August_2019 On August 17th, the world’s governments will convene in Geneva, Switzerland, for the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP18). At CoP18, governments (or “Parties” in CITES parlance) will address the most pressing trade-related conservation issues facing […]

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Singapore Court Returns Nearly 30,000 Illegal Madagascar Rosewood Logs to Trafficker

In a drawn-out trial full of twists and turns, the Singapore Court of Appeals, on April 8th, stunningly cleared businessman Mr. Wong Wee Keong and his trading company of illegally importing 29,434 Malagasy rosewood logs, worth $50 million dollars. Malagasy rosewood is an extremely rare species in the wild and considered commercially extinct. The decision […]

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Not One More: Another Activist Silenced by Arrest in Madagascar

On May 15, Christopher Magnenjiky was arrested and charged with rebellion, civil disobedience, and “disrespecting a public officer.” Tomorrow, a judge is expected to make a decision regarding Christopher’s fate. Many fear that Christopher will join the long list of activists unjustly jailed in Madagascar – all because they challenge the activities of illegal timber […]

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Pas un de plus: une autre voix pour la forêt réduite au silence à Madagascar

Le 15 mai, Christopher Magnenjiky a été arrêté et accusé de rébellion, de désobéissance civile et d’«outrage à personne publique ». Demain, un juge devrait prendre une décision sur le sort de Christopher. Beaucoup craignent que Christopher rejoigne la longue liste des militants emprisonnés injustement à Madagascar, simplement parce qu’ils défient les activités illicites des […]

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Fighting Forest Crime: CITES takes action against illegal rosewood trade

At its 69th meeting, the Standing Committee (SC69) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) took important steps to curb the destructive illegal trade in rosewoods from Africa. The illegal rosewood trade is the world’s most valuable form of wildlife crime. According to the UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the […]

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West Africa: The Importance of Dry Forests

The West African dry forests evoke classic images of wild Africa: herds of buffaloes and elephants grazing though the scarce trees, followed by flocks of oxpeckers. These woodlands are fragile ecosystems that form a transition between the Sahel desert and the moist forests of Guinea-Congo. They are home to a large number of plants found […]