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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 […]

Aerial photo of a forest with a large square area of trees having been taken down. The patch of land that remains is mainly dirt and shrubbery
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Forests, Climate Change, and Illegal Timber Trade

In addition to the many functions forests fulfill for local populations and for humankind globally, they are also crucial for the world’s climate. Deforestation and forest degradation not only releases carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere, it also dramatically reduces the capacity of ecosystems to adapt to climate change. Healthy natural forests store vast amounts […]

Hong Kong Customs displays 82.5kg of rhino horns from South Africa and destined for Malaysia. Photo: ISD
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“War on Timber” in Gabon: It Is Time to Win It

Time to Win the War on Timber in Gabon Over the past months, Gabonese authorities have quietly but decisively started to crack down on illegal logging and related trade in their forests. Their efforts will be broadcast today – as we celebrate International Day of Forests, in the documentary Green Eden: the War on Timber. […]

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USTR Timber Verification Request Echoes EIA’s Concerns About Traceability in Peru

The United States Trade Representative (USTR) took action yesterday under the US – Peru Trade Promotion Agreement (PTPA), calling on the Peruvian government to verify that three 2017 timber shipments from Peru to the United States complied with all applicable Peruvian laws and regulations. This action comes at a time when Peru has demonstrably failed […]

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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 […]