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Thursday
Sep 11 2008

TRAFFIC to collaborate on Central African forestry initiative

Germain Ngandjui, Senior Programme Officer with TRAFFIC Central Africa, pledged TRAFFIC's support to COMIFAC through the Central African bushmeat project. © TRAFFIC

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Bangui, Central Africa Republic, 11 September 2008—The fifth ordinary council of ministers of COMIFAC (the Central African forests commission) took place today, and was attended by around 100 participants from eight member countries (Burundi, Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic Congo and Chad), plus representatives from civil society and the donor community.

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Wednesday
Jul 23 2008

Almost a fifth of timber imported into EU illegal—WWF

Logs awaiting export from Gabon, a country currently in Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) negotiations with the EU Click photo to enlarge © Martin Harvey / WWF-Canon

Brussels, Belgium, 23 July 2008—Almost one-fifth of timber imported into the European Union (EU) in 2006 came from illegal or suspected illegal sources, according to a new report, Illegal wood for the European market, by TRAFFIC’s programme partner, WWF.

Estimated illegal timber imports amounted to between 26.5 and 31 million m³ (16–19 per cent of all timber imports), with the biggest suppliers Russia (estimated 10.4 million m³), Indonesia (4.2 million m³) and China (3.7 million m³).

The major importers of illegal timber were Finland, UK, Germany and Italy.

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Thursday
Apr 10 2008

NGO alliance to tackle illegal logging

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Nobel Laureate, Professor Wangari Maathai is presented with TRAFFIC's Tanzanian logging report at the launch of the anti-corruption Mama Misitu campaign. (Left) Blandina Nyoni, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism Click photo to enlarge © Mwanzo Millinga
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 10 April 2008—Seventeen non-governmental organisations today signed a milestone agreement to launch the Mama Misitu campaign, aimed at tackling corruption and mismanagement in Tanzania’s forestry sector.

Professor Wangari Maathai, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace, formally launched the campaign in Dar es Salaam.

Mama Misitu was initiated following the release of TRAFFIC’s seminal report into the forestry sector in Tanzania last May, which provided evidence that illegal logging and weak forest governance was costing Tanzania billions of shillings in lost revenue each year as well as threatening some of the nation’s unique biodiversity.

Losses of up to USD58 million were estimated in 2005 alone—the equivalent of building 1,933 primary schools—and a culture of corruption has plagued the natural resources sector made worse by low awareness at many levels of the relevant legal and policy tools.

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Monday
Nov 05 2007

How to separate the wood from the ramin trees

ramin-workshop.jpg Skill is needed to identify ramin wood correctly—hence the need for a specialist workshop © TRAFFIC .   Singapore, 5 November 2007—Nearly 30 Customs officials and representatives of CITES Management Authorities and forestry agencies from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and China received training in identification of ramin wood at a workshop held in Singapore in November 2007.

Ramin ( Gonystylus ), a genus of about 30 species of hardwood trees native to southeast Asia, is listed in Appendix II of CITES (the Convention in International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora)—meaning that international trade is allowed under certain conditions.

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Sunday
Jul 29 2007

Government of Tanzania tackles forestry corruption

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The annual loss of timber revenue in Tanzania is roughly equivalent to the cost of building more than 10,000 secondary school classrooms © TRAFFIC Click to enlarge

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 29 July 2007-- An African Parliamentarians' Network Against Corruption (APNAC) meeting today will discuss corruption in Tanzania's forestry sector. It will be attended by every Member of Parliament in the Tanzanian Government.

The meeting follows a week of intense debate in the Tanzanian Parliament over the ongoing rampant illegal logging that continues to plague the country's forestry sector.

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Thursday
Jun 07 2007

CITES: Tropical tree left stranded

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A Cedrela odorata tree illegally felled and milled for cash, Peru © WWF-Canon / James Frankham Click to enlarge
The Hague, The Netherlands, 7 June 2007—On the fourth day of the CITES Conference, the European Union withdrew its proposal to include Cedrela—a group of tropical trees species found in Latin America – in CITES Appendix II, which allows trade in a species under strict conditions.

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Friday
May 25 2007

Tanzania’s disappearing timber revenue

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Village in southern Tanzania showing log piles and village chairman's house (arrowed) © TRAFFIC Click to enlarge
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 25 May 2007—Millions of dollars worth of timber revenue is being lost each year in Tanzania because of poor governance and rampant corruption in the forestry sector, according to a hard-hitting report by TRAFFIC, launched today.

The report, Forestry, governance and national development: Lessons learned from a logging boom in southern Tanzania documents alarming levels of corruption, illegal logging and exports of forest products from Tanzania.

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Monday
Feb 12 2007

Have a heart: a third of Borneo’s rainforests to be conserved

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Rainforests in the heart of Borneo will be conserved, thanks to the historic Declaration © WWF-Canon / A. Christy WILLIAMS Click to enlarge
Bali, Indonesia, 12 February 2007—An historic declaration to conserve the “Heart of Borneo” was officially signed today between the three Bornean governments—Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia and Malaysia.

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