As we approach the Year of the Rat and begin a new 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac, three profound challenges face the world: how to build a more stable and efficient trading system, tackle climate change and protect biodiversity. China has a pivotal role to play in all three.
We tested 73 wood products from well-known US retailers. More than half the time, the wood wasn't even the species it was labeled to be.
China, the world's largest importer and consumer of timber products, has emerged as a leader in global environmental governance. It still has an opportunity to match that leadership in global efforts to protect forests.
Despite recent policies, Indonesia is still losing billions from unreported and illegally sourced timber. Tougher law enforcement could help.
Rosewoods and other exotic timbers have long been a staple for high-end guitars. With new U.S. and international rules regulating their use, guitar makers are figuring out how to adapt.
The UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) surprised many on October 4th by extending long-overdue protections for more than 250 species of rosewood, a timber rapidly being harvested to commercial extinction. The move will help maintain healthy tropical forest ecosystems and provide important resources for forest-dependent communities.
Rosewood is prized for use in guitar fretboards, but widespread trafficking demands stricter attention to protection.
The illegal logging trade steals valuable natural resources and undercuts companies' profitability. That's why businesses and governments are turning to new technology applications to expose illicitly harvested lumber.
China's overseas investment grew from $1 billion in 2004 to more than $30 billion in 2014. In many cases, it's come at a cost to Africa's forests and the people who rely on them.
Tree plantations continue to expand worldwide to meet demand for timber, wood fiber, fruits, and vegetable oils such as palm oil. Many countries report national statistics on the area of land in plantations, but the extent and locations of these plantations are often not documented.
A recent government audit found evidence of timber laundering, where exporters make illegally logged wood appear to be legitimately harvested by concocting “ghost trees” – trees that never existed, except on paper.
The largest hardwood flooring retailer in the United States is charged with importing illegally harvested timber from areas including forests in far eastern Russia.
A few extra trees in a forest won’t have much impact, but planting trees on a farm in the sub-Saharan drylands can make a difference between life and death when drought sets in. Lars Laestadius explains.
Sete anos atrás, a Polícia Ambiental do Estado de São Paulo iniciou um plano para combater o comércio ilegal de madeira por meio de melhorias na fiscalização. Em 2011, durante uma de suas mais ambiciosas operações de fiscalização, agentes da Polícia Ambiental inspecionaram quase 350 caminhões e mais de 60 serrarias em apenas dois dias. Descobrindo diversas infrações, os agentes emitiram 50 autuações e aplicaram um total de R$2,2 milhões (US$ 1,4 milhões) em multas.
Thanks to an innovative program, Brazil’s São Paulo State Environmental Police inspected nearly 350 trucks and more than 60 lumberyards in just two days, issuing 50 violation notices and $1.4 million in fines.
Indonesia's parliament recently approved an agreement to reduce haze pollution from land and forest fires.
Ratification of the law—originally signed 12 years ago—comes not a moment too soon: Fires are currently flaring across southern Sumatra and West and Central Kalimantan, jeopardizing Indonesia’s forests and the communities and wildlife that call these regions home.
Reducing illegal logging by supporting the supply and procurement of legal and sustainable forest products