Dutch company Boogaerdt Hout has been found guilty of violating the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR) for placing illegal Burmese teak on the market. The company has two months in which to clear its supply chain of illegal wood.
Many countries have ended deforestation domestically, only to import it from other countries through lax regulation. Now six Asian countries vow to prevent timber harvested illegally from finding its way into their domestic markets.
In the hunt for fish maw—dried swim bladders believed to possess a plethora of curative qualities in traditional Chinese medicine—Vaquitas, too, become entangled in gillnets, dying quickly from shock or slowly while suffocating.
The Indonesian government has been trying to collect penalties from three companies found guilty of damaging the environment, one of which is an oil palm plantation firm convicted of cut-and-burning rainforest in the Leuser Ecosystem.
Florian Krampe –
The link between environmental degradation and terrorism is increasingly clear, but so is the link between environmental action and creating political stability, writes Florian Krampe.
Phyllis Omido –
The world needs an independent, internationally recognized legal body to which communities and activists can turn to address environmental crimes, says environmental activist and 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize winner Phyllis Omido.
Maria Cristina Tabing –
Asia is a key hub for the illegal wildlife trade. Asian Development Bank sustainable development and climate change consult Maria Cristina Tabing highlights how individuals can help protect critically endangered species.
Although it seems counterintuitive to destroy ivory, a valuable commodity, there are good reasons for a country – even one as poor as Kenya – to burn ivory, say South African Institute for International Affairs researchers Chris Alden and Ross Harvey.
With the recent spate of violence against environmental activists, people may feel safer speaking out less. But solidarity and mass mobilisations are the best defense against violence, says 350.org executive director May Boeve.