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Thompson Reuters Foundation: Chinese logging takes heavy toll on farmers in Guinea-Bissau

GAMAMADU, Guinea-Bissau, May 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Before the ban, Chinese loggers drove straight through Gamamadu village to harvest its most important resource: the rosewood forest. “So many Chinese came here. We were praying for a means to stop it,” said Braima Djassi, a small, white-haired farmer in the village in central Guinea-Bissau, a tiny […]

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Khmer Times: Rise in Timber Exports to Vietnam

The value of logs and sawn wood exported from Cambodia to Vietnam last year increased by about $31.5 million compared to 2016, customs data has shown. The Vietnamese data, obtained by Khmer Times yesterday, said about 163,071 cubic metres of Cambodian logs were imported to the country last year, worth about $39.5 million.

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Kelley Hamrick Honored with CARROT Award by the Climate Action Reserve

The Climate Action Reserve (CAR) has presented Kelley Hamrick of Forest Trends’ Ecosystem Marketplace initiative with its “Climate Action Reserve Recognizing Our Team” (CARROT) award. CAR each year presents CARROT awards to individuals who have made very notable contributions to its work and mission. “It’s an honor to receive the Climate Action Reserve’s CARROT award,” […]

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The Wall Street Journal: The Nemesis of the Rainforests: Peace

When Colombia’s government signed a peace deal with leftist guerrillas in 2016, it ended one of the world’s longest-running conflicts and inspired hope for the country’s future. It also had an unexpected downside. The return of normalcy led to a spike in rainforest-clearing, as landowners mowed down former guerrilla hide-outs to establish cattle ranches and […]

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Bloomberg BNA: Deal Between Vietnam, EU Would Target Illegal Logging

The European Union wants to ensure its Ikea cabinets and Conforama desks are made from legal timber, and it’s turning to the source, or at least one of them: Vietnam. A pending deal with the EU requires Vietnam to tighten laws and enforcement against illegal logging, mostly from over the border with Cambodia but previously […]

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Mongabay: EU action plan on tropical deforestation must be beefed up, or it will fail (commentary)

Through its insatiable consumption of agro-commodities like soy, palm oil, and beef, the EU is contributing to a global deforestation crisis. After stalling for years while it carried out study after study, 2019 is crunch time. Over the coming months, a decision will finally be made on what the EU intends to do about the […]

FT IN THE NEWS Agriculture

Innovation Forum: Why climate resilient crops must be the future

There is huge potential value in transforming agriculture production, but more companies need to start developing climate-resilience now.

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New York Times: Bolsonaro Wants to Plunder the Amazon. Don’t Let Him.

The Brazilian president’s pro-business agenda will be a test of American companies’ commitment to the environment.

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Regulating the Trade in Illegal Timber: Forest Trends Evaluates Recent Legislative Developments in the Republic of Korea

The Republic of Korea is one of the ten largest consumers of timber, pulp and paper products. Korean leaders and citizens are increasingly aware of their global environmental footprint, including the deforestation caused by Korean consumption. With imports of timber products steadily increasing, the government of Korea made a commitment in 2012 to exclude illegal […]

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Yale 360: The Rosewood Trade: The Illicit Trail from Forest to Furniture

The most widely traded illegal wild product in the world today is rosewood, an endangered hardwood prized for its use in traditional Chinese furniture. An e360investigation follows the trail of destruction and corruption from the forests of Madagascar to furniture showrooms in China.

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