tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:/xml/illegal%20logging1 illegal logging news from mongabay.com 2014-09-23T00:10:27Z tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13811 2014-09-22T13:36:00Z 2014-09-23T00:10:27Z Extinction island? Plans to log half an island could endanger over 40 species <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/plullulaeopti.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Woodlark Island is a rare place on the planet today. This small island off the coast Papua New Guinea is still covered in rich tropical forest, an ecosystem shared for thousands of years between tribal peoples and a plethora of species, including at least 42 found no-where else. Yet, like many such wildernesses, Woodlark Island is now facing major changes: not the least of them is a plan to log half of the island. Jeremy Hance -9.038617 152.610839 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13793 2014-09-17T19:46:00Z 2014-09-17T19:53:51Z 'The green Amazon is red with indigenous blood': authorities pull bodies from river that may have belonged to slain leaders Peruvian authorities have pulled more human remains from a remote river in the Amazon, which may belong to one of the four murdered Ashaninka natives killed on September 1st. It is believed the four Ashaninka men, including renowned leader Edwin Chota Valera, were assassinated for speaking up against illegal logging on their traditional lands. Jeremy Hance -10.433375 -71.573146 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13784 2014-09-16T18:03:00Z 2014-09-16T18:04:31Z From 'production' forests to protected forests, groups work to save Sumatran orangutan habitat. But will it be enough? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/i/indonesia/150/north_sumatra_0584.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The orangutan is native exclusively to the islands of Borneo and Sumatra — two regions that have seen the brunt of Indonesia's recent forest destruction due primarily to logging and plantation development. Although there are anywhere from 45,000 to 69,000 Bornean orangutans remaining in the wild, the Sumatran species numbers only about 7,300 according to a 2004 survey, and is dwindling further every year. Morgan Erickson-Davis 3.096116 97.700802 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13755 2014-09-08T21:03:00Z 2014-09-09T16:25:14Z 4 Ashaninka tribesmen killed by loggers in Peru One of those killed was Edwin Chota, the leader of the Alto Tamaya-Saweto indigenous community who won fame for fighting illegal loggers. As such, Chota was a top target for assassination, according to a conservationist familiar with the situation. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13731 2014-08-29T22:25:00Z 2014-08-31T19:27:04Z 'A global tragedy' in the making? Thailand plans highway expansion through World Heritage Site <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0829-banteng-thumb.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Dong Phayayen Khao Yai Forest Complex (DPKY-FC) is the largest tract of surviving forest in central Thailand, renowned for its biodiversity. Now, the Thai government is planning major expansions to a road that bisects the complex – which scientists say will bar animal movement throughout their natural ranges, result in higher rates of road kill, and give hunters and loggers increased access to the forest. Morgan Erickson-Davis 14.189639 102.102929 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13727 2014-08-28T19:31:00Z 2014-08-28T19:57:02Z Authorities stop 'greatest destroyers of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest' <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0828-brazil-lone-thumb.png" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A criminal organization involved in the illicit deforestation of large portions of Brazil's forests has been stopped, with at least six members of the organization arrested as of Aug. 28 and warrants issued for others. The gang has been accused of committing crimes worth over $220 million. Morgan Erickson-Davis -5.670855 -55.858498 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13723 2014-08-27T23:55:00Z 2014-09-03T00:20:53Z Meeting an Illegal Logger <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0827logger150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>'I make six times the amount of money logging as I would working my small plot of land or even working legally in a pulp and paper or palm oil plantation.' An illegal logger explains the economic conditions in South Sumatra. Mongabay Special Reporting Fellow Robert S. Eshelman interviews an illegal logger in Indonesia on the topic of cleaning up commodity supply chains. Tiffany Roufs -3.483145 104.340247 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13708 2014-08-22T19:37:00Z 2014-08-23T18:01:38Z An uncertain future: world's last wild Siberian tigers threatened by illegal logging, global warming, disease (PART II) <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0822-primorsky-tiger-thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Every year, between 20 and 30 tigers are poached. Illegal logging is reducing the tigers' habitat, and illegal hunting is reducing its food supply. However, these are not the only threats to wild tiger survival -- other problems are cropping up and taking a toll on the iconic big cat. Morgan Erickson-Davis 46.646831 136.404467 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13698 2014-08-21T17:17:00Z 2014-08-21T18:44:37Z Running to reforest: communities, NGOs work to save Ugandan reserve in the midst of massive deforestation <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0821-bugoma-thumb.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Stung by massive loss of forest cover in Bugoma central forest reserve, part of a vast chimpanzee habitat in the western part of Uganda, seven private local and international organizations in the east African country have joined hands to raise awareness of forest issues and money for reforestation efforts -- by launching a conservation-themed quarter-marathon. Morgan Erickson-Davis 1.326440 30.922604 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13696 2014-08-21T14:56:00Z 2014-08-21T15:17:04Z Next big idea in forest conservation? DNA fingerprinting trees to stem illegal logging <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0821.cannon.DSC_0527.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>As a professor at Texas Tech, Dr. Chuck Cannon has been, among other things, working to create a system of DNA fingerprinting for tropical trees to undercut the global illegal logging trade. 'If we just enforced existing laws and management policies, things would be pretty good, but unfortunately, that is where things fall apart in many tropical countries,' Cannon said. Jeremy Hance 15.038075 106.306014 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13687 2014-08-19T18:23:00Z 2014-08-22T19:52:58Z Logging of Russian Far East damaging tiger habitat, few intact forests protected (Part I) <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0819-siberian-cub-derek-ramsey-thumb.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The destruction of Russian forests to supply timber to international markets is becoming one of the biggest threats to the world’s largest cat, the Siberian tiger. Russia has more forests than any other country, with more than half of the world’s coniferous forests. However, worldwide demand for high quality timber, along with weak regulations, has led to widespread logging of Russia’s trees. Morgan Erickson-Davis 49.072346 138.014209 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13676 2014-08-15T18:00:00Z 2014-08-17T17:35:49Z Nothing else left to log: are eco-certified timber companies stripping Russia of its last old growth forests? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0815-siberian-tiger-thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Among Russia’s forested lands lie intact forest landscapes (or IFLs). These IFLs are large swaths of unbroken, old growth forests that encompass at least 50,000 hectares, harbor high biodiversity, and have remained mostly undisturbed by development. However, less than 10 percent of the world’s IFLs are currently protected. Now, a new report reveals Russia's IFLs may be threatened by certified sustainable logging companies. Morgan Erickson-Davis 63.712223 40.854324 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13652 2014-08-12T03:52:00Z 2014-08-12T03:57:02Z China failing to take effective action against timber smugglers Voluntary guidelines established by the Chinese government won't be enough to curb rampant timber smuggling by Chinese companies, putting 'responsible' actors at risk of having their reputations tarnished, argues a new campaign by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA). Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13618 2014-07-31T19:44:00Z 2014-07-31T19:46:19Z Brazil releases video showing first contact with rainforest tribe The Brazilian government has released footage showing 'first contact' with an isolated group of indigenous people in the Amazon rainforest. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13615 2014-07-31T14:33:00Z 2014-08-21T20:13:52Z The Philippines: where 'megadiversity' meets mega deforestation <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0731-eagle-thumb.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Ongoing loss of forest cover in the Philippines places it among the top ten most threatened forest hotspots in the world, with the archipelago ranking fourth, behind Indo-Burma, New Caledonia and Sundaland (a region encompassing Australia and parts of Southeast Asia). According to a report issued by Conservation International, only seven percent of Philippine forests remain intact. Morgan Erickson-Davis 7.732765 124.497064 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13575 2014-07-23T07:01:00Z 2014-07-23T09:05:12Z Phone-based logging alert system eyes expanding to the Amazon After exceeding an ambitious fundraising target to launch a near-real time forest monitoring system in the Congo Basin, a San-Francisco based start-up is now eyeing expansion in the Amazon where it hopes to help an indigenous rainforest tribe fight illegal logging. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13492 2014-07-03T23:10:00Z 2014-08-18T17:55:58Z No restrictions: Japan's demand for illegal wood driving rampant deforestation in Siberia <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0703-tiger-thumb.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table> Illegal logging is taking a huge toll on forests around the world. In response, many countries have banned the import of timber whose legal harvest cannot be verified. However, Japan has made no strides to reduce its import of illegal timber. Instead, it is knowingly importing mass quantities of wood sourced from vulnerable forests in Siberia, according to a recent report. Morgan Erickson-Davis 49.405385 137.501450 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13442 2014-06-24T23:41:00Z 2014-07-02T17:19:30Z Discarded cell phones to help fight rainforest poachers, loggers in real-time <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0624-topher-gear150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A technology that uses discarded mobile phones to create a real-time alert system against logging and poaching will soon be deployed in the endangered rainforests of Central Africa. Rainforest Connection (RFCx), a San Francisco-based non-profit startup, is partnering with the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) to install its real-time anti-deforestation technology at sites in Cameroon. 30 RFCx devices &#8212; recycled from old Android handsets &#8212; will monitor 10,000 hectares or nearly 40 square miles of rainforest, listening for audio signals associated with logging and poaching. Rhett Butler 3.967289 14.271044 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13392 2014-06-16T17:12:00Z 2014-06-16T18:03:02Z After Greenpeace complaint, UK timber giant removes controversial Amazon wood from shelves After being implicated in a Greenpeace report on illegal logging in the Amazon rainforest, UK building supplier Jewson has pulled controversial wood from its shelves until it can conduct a full investigation on the timber's origin. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13332 2014-06-03T20:58:00Z 2014-06-04T17:29:07Z Singapore intercepts massive illegal shipment of Madagascar rosewood <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0603sri-lank-rosewood150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Authorities in Singapore have made the largest-ever international seizure of rosewood logs, providing further evidence that industrial-scale smuggling of Madagascar's rainforest timber continues despite an official ban on the trade. Details of the seizure remain sparse since the investigation is still active, but leaked correspondence between officials in Madagascar indicates that the shipment amounts to 3,000 tons, or more than 29,000 illicit rosewood logs. Rhett Butler -14.901171 50.282244 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13299 2014-05-28T15:22:00Z 2014-05-28T15:51:00Z Greenpeace accuses controversial palm oil company and Cameroon government of illegal logging <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0528.bulldozers.herakles.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Greenpeace has just accused one of the world's most controversial oil palm companies, Herakles Farms, of colluding with top government officials to sell off illegally logged timber to China. According to a new report, an agreement between Cameroon's Minister of Forestry and Herkales Farms&#8212;through a shell company&#8212;could torpedo the country's agreement with the EU for better timber management. Jeremy Hance 5.063568 9.285140 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13247 2014-05-18T08:13:00Z 2014-05-18T08:14:48Z Greenpeace: Timber laundering rampant in the Brazilian Amazon <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0518GP0STOD37_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A two-year investigation by Greenpeace has revealed the extent of timber laundering in two major Brazilian Amazon states: Par&aacute; and Mato Grosso. The report, published last week, suggests that fraud is widespread in the Brazilian timber industry. Loggers are using loopholes and outright deception to game regulations that aim to reduce the environmental impact of timber extraction. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13212 2014-05-12T17:19:00Z 2014-05-12T17:41:21Z Chinese luxury furniture linked to murder, near extinction <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0512.eia.rosewood.table.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Intricately carved, meticulously designed, and costing hundreds of thousands of dollars: this is "hongmu," or Chinese luxury furniture reflecting the elite styles of the Ming and Qing dynasties. But while the red-colored furniture may be aesthetically beautiful, it comes with a blood price. Jeremy Hance 14.241349 102.996604 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13189 2014-05-06T19:49:00Z 2014-05-06T20:03:57Z Almost 90 percent of Republic of the Congo's lowland forests open to logging <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0506.brnxz_482.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Although the Republic of the Congo has opened up nearly 90 percent of its lowland forests to logging, the majority of the logging occurring in the country is still illegal, according to a new report from the Chatham House. In fact the UK policy institute finds that illegal logging in the Republic of the Congo may make up as much as 70-75 percent of the industry. Jeremy Hance 2.169665 17.210078 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13150 2014-04-29T15:58:00Z 2014-04-29T19:01:13Z Papua New Guinea pledges to cancel massive land grabs by timber companies Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill, released a statement last week saying that hugely controversial land leases under the country's Special Agricultural and Business Leases (SABLs) will be cancelled if they are found to be run for extracting timber. Jeremy Hance -4.076401 141.427226 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13147 2014-04-29T12:52:00Z 2014-05-06T16:37:46Z 3M linked to deforestation in Brazil, Canada, Europe, and U.S., says NGO <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0429.3m-scandal-report-final4.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A new report from activist group, ForestEthics, alleges that U.S. company, 3M, supplies many of its products from endangered forests around the world. The NGO links 3M's masking tape and sandpaper to caribou habitat in the boreal forests of Canada, Scotch-Brite sponges to a controversial paper mill in Brazil, and those ubiquitous Post-it Notes to allegedly poor logging practices in the U.S. Jeremy Hance 44.950737 -92.996032 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13145 2014-04-28T18:39:00Z 2014-09-22T13:52:56Z Loggers plan to clear 20 percent of tropical island paradise <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0428.woodlark.tree.Forest.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Seven years ago, a palm oil company set its eyes on Woodlark Island&#8212;a small rainforest island nearly 200 miles off the coast of Papua New Guinea&#8212;but was rebuked by the local populace. But locals and conservationists who spoke to mongabay.com at the time felt that wouldn't be the end of it: they were right. Recently, a company, Karridale Limited, has landed machinery on the island. Jeremy Hance -9.145404 152.812027 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13116 2014-04-22T15:30:00Z 2014-04-22T15:40:30Z Illegal logging makes up 70 percent of Papua New Guinea's timber industry <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/papua/150/west-papua_5011.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Corruption, weak governance, and powerful timber barons are illegally stripping the forests of Papua New Guinea, according to a new report from the Chatham House. The policy institute finds that 70 percent of logging in Papua New Guinea is currently illegal, despite the fact that 99 percent of land is owned by local indigenous communities. Jeremy Hance -6.843058 145.777812 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13096 2014-04-17T18:06:00Z 2014-05-07T22:35:51Z Legal logging concessions drive illegal logging in Peru, threatening forests and indigenous people <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0417Peru-Logging_Photo150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Nearly 70 percent of officially inspected logging concessions in Peru have had their permits canceled or are under investigation for major breaches of forestry laws, finds a new study published in the journal <i>Scientific Reports</i>. Worryingly, the research also concludes that forestry permits are being widely used to launder timber illegally logged from outside concession areas. Rhett Butler -11.199957 -70.359879 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13057 2014-04-08T15:48:00Z 2014-04-09T13:29:11Z Nearly 90 percent of logging in the DRC is illegal <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0408.754px-Congo_maluku.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The forestry sector in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is completely out of control, according to a new eye-opening report. Put together by the Chatham House, the report estimates that at least 87 percent of logging in the DRC was illegal in 2011, making the DRC possibly the most high-risk country in the world for purchasing legal wood products. Jeremy Hance -1.809386 21.981180 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13044 2014-04-07T05:50:00Z 2014-04-07T14:02:41Z Indonesian 'legal' timber scheme could be greenwashing illegal products, NGOs warn <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/riau/150/riau_5583.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Flaws in the country’s system to verify legal wood products could have implications for trade with Europe, as new research suggests even certified companies in Indonesia may not be meeting EU standards. Indonesian civil society groups have called on their government to reform its legal timber certification system, pointing to widespread illegal practices among certified companies and an auditing system that is 'almost impossible' for companies to fail. Rhett Butler -2.948527 105.621757 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12990 2014-03-26T22:41:00Z 2014-03-26T23:18:02Z Just how bad is the logging crisis in Myanmar? 72 percent of exports illegal <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0326.EIA.logging.myanmar.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Just days before Myanmar, also known as Burma, implements a ban on exporting raw logs, the Environmental Investigative Agency (EIA) has released a new report that captures the sheer scale of the country's illegal logging crisis. According to the EIA, new data shows that 72 percent of logs exported from Myanmar between 2000-2013 were illegally harvested. Jeremy Hance 26.304355 97.194069 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12950 2014-03-19T17:28:00Z 2014-03-19T17:31:10Z Featured video: indigenous tribe faces loggers, ranchers, and murder in bid to save their forests A new short film, entitled <i>La Trocha</i>, highlights the plight of the Wounaan people in Panama, who are fighting for legal rights to their forests even as loggers and ranchers carve it up. The conflict turned violent in 2012 when local chief, Aquilo Puchicama, was shot dead by loggers. Jeremy Hance 8.041062 -81.577309 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12872 2014-03-04T15:10:00Z 2014-03-04T15:28:57Z Europe not doing enough to stop illegal logging imports says Greenpeace Europe is failing to fully enforce its one-year-old EU Timber Regulation (EUTR), alleges Greenpeace, with illegally-logged wood still slipping into the continent, especially from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Jeremy Hance -6.970049 23.732758 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12827 2014-02-25T23:28:00Z 2014-02-26T01:22:40Z Illegal logging surges in Mozambique Illegal logging has spiked over the past five years in Mozambique, finds a new report by researchers at the University of Eduardo Mondlane. Rhett Butler -11.738302 40.074692 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12809 2014-02-21T19:49:00Z 2014-02-21T20:03:11Z Indonesian cop caught smuggling rare timber worth millions escapes with 2-year sentence <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/papua/150/west-papua_0616.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Green activists are crying foul after an Indonesian police officer believed to have laundered nearly $128 million in proceeds from illegal fuel and timber smuggling was sentenced to just two years in prison for illegal logging – a verdict described as 'shockingly lenient' and 'unbelievable' given the extent of his alleged crimes Rhett Butler -0.850036 131.325653 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12793 2014-02-20T19:14:00Z 2014-02-20T19:57:27Z The lemur end-game: scientists propose ambitious plan to save the world's most imperiled mammal family <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0220.madagascar_0066.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Due to the wonderful idiosyncrasies of evolution, there is one country on Earth that houses 20 percent of the world's primates. More astounding still, every single one of these primates&#8212;an entire distinct family in fact&#8212;are found no-where else. The country is, of course, Madagascar and the primates in question are, of course, lemurs. But the far-flung island of Madagascar, once a safe haven for wild evolutionary experiments, has become an ecological nightmare. Overpopulation, deep poverty, political instability, slash-and-burn agriculture, illegal logging for lucrative woods, and a booming bushmeat trade has placed 94 percent of the world's lemurs under threat of extinction, making this the most imperiled mammal group on the planet. But, in order to stem a rapid march toward extinction, conservationists today publicized an emergency three year plan to safeguard 30 important lemur forests in the journal <i>Science</i>. Jeremy Hance -18.659257 48.441009 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12786 2014-02-18T14:02:00Z 2014-02-18T14:09:28Z Conservation groups launch new whistleblower site for wildlife and forest crimes Welcome to Wildleaks: a new website that aims to give the global public a secure and anonymous platform to report wildlife trafficking and illegal deforestation. The illegal wildlife trade has become one of the world's largest criminal activities in recent years, decimating elephants, rhinos, tigers, primates, and thousands of lesser known species. Meanwhile, illegal logging is rampant in many parts of the world, imperiling biodiversity, undercutting locals, and robbing governments of revenue. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12743 2014-02-07T14:24:00Z 2014-02-07T14:26:13Z Madagascar's new president pledges to fight illegal logging Madagascar's newly elected president Hery Rajaonarimampianina pledged to 'lead the fight' against illegal rosewood logging in the impoverished island nation. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12676 2014-01-22T19:56:00Z 2014-01-22T22:16:37Z Cambodian communities best placed to prevent illegal logging <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0122pangolin150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A study on deforestation in Cambodia has found that forests are better protected when local communities are given the responsibility to manage them locally. Cambodia has one of the highest rates of deforestation in the world, losing 1.2 per cent each year from 2005-2010. The loss of forests due to illegal logging, commercial agriculture, and other factors can have a devastating impact on local communities, as well as contributing to global climate change. In a country beset by corruption and ineffectual state forest management, alternative models of forest protection are clearly needed. Rhett Butler 11.571525 103.360534 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12644 2014-01-16T14:04:00Z 2014-01-16T16:01:41Z Environmental groups: top secret Pacific trade agreement to sacrifice wildlife, environment Environmental groups have blasted draft text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) released yesterday by WikiLeaks as potentially devastating to the environment and wildlife. The massive 12-nation free trade agreement has been negotiated in secret now for almost four years, and the information release by WikiLeaks shows that key environmental safeguards in the agreement are being stripped away, including a ban on shark finning and illegal logging, as well as legally-enforced pollution regulations. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12605 2014-01-07T18:34:00Z 2014-01-07T18:59:06Z Company accused of logging endangered rainforest trees in breach of timber legality certificate <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0107Triomas-FDI-Riau150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>An Indonesian wood supplier that was recently certified under the country’s legal timber verification scheme has been clearing natural forests – including stands of endangered ramin trees – and draining peat swamps on its concession, alleges a local environmental watchdog. The company, the group says, is also implicated in corruption linked to its concession permit. The organization is calling for the company’s legal timber certification to be revoked and urging auditors not to issue legality certificates to companies involved in corruption. Rhett Butler 0.564413 102.926574 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12596 2014-01-06T13:35:00Z 2014-02-20T19:13:53Z Brazil begins evicting illegal settlers from hugely-imperiled indigenous reserve Months after closing sawmills on the fringes of an indigenous reserve for the hugely-imperiled Awá people, the Brazil government has now moved into the reserve itself to evict illegal settlers in the eastern Amazon. According to the NGO Survival International, Brazil has sent in the military and other government agents to deal with massive illegal settlements on Awá land for logging or cattle. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12579 2013-12-26T23:48:00Z 2014-01-08T22:33:36Z Rainforest news review for 2013 <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/sabah/150/sabah_aerial_1827.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>2013 was full of major developments in efforts to understand and protect the world's tropical rainforests. The following is a review of some of the major tropical forest-related news stories for the year. As a review, this post will not cover everything that transpired during 2013 in the world of tropical forests. Please feel free to highlight anything this post missed via the comments section at the bottom. Also please note that this review focuses only on tropical forests. Rhett Butler -3.118576 -60.076675 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12509 2013-12-11T21:19:00Z 2013-12-20T05:45:04Z Logging kingpin linked to kidnapping, violent assault seeks legitimacy via IPO <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/indonesia/150/kalteng_0347.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A businessman whose company kidnapped and violently assaulted environmentalists investigating illegal logging in a national park is set to earn millions of dollars from Thursday's initial public offering of Sawit Sumbermas Sarana, a palm oil company with holdings in Indonesian Borneo. Environmentalists are warning responsible investors to steer clear of the IPO. Rhett Butler -3.148743 111.951857 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12471 2013-12-02T02:37:00Z 2013-12-02T02:53:41Z Hedge fund downgrades stock over company's links to illegal logging in Russian Far East <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/1201-lumber-liquidators-stock-price-150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A hedge fund manager has downgraded Lumber Liquidators' stock over the company's alleged links to illegal logging in the Russian Far East, reports The Wall Street Journal. Speaking at the Robin Hood Investors Conference on November 22, Whitney Tilson, the founder of Kase Capital Management, said Lumber Liquidators' stock price may be inflated due to purchases of illegally sourced timber from Russia. Rhett Butler 47.171044 134.532223 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12469 2013-12-01T23:01:00Z 2013-12-01T23:03:42Z Illegal timber, rhino horn, elephant ivory seized in raids across Africa Raids in southern and eastern Africa yielded a stash of contraband linked to illegal poaching and logging, reports Interpol, which coordinated the operations. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12430 2013-11-21T20:26:00Z 2014-02-22T01:54:01Z Asia's most precious wood is soaked in blood <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/1121.%C2%A9FREELAND-Foundation---Rosewood-Poachers-Photographed-by-Cameratrap-2.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Deep in the tropical forests of Southeast Asia grows a rare and beautiful tree whose wood is so highly prized that men will kill to possess it. Wild rosewood, famous since antiquity in China and Japan for its unique, blood-hued luster and intricate grain, was once only used for the finest religious statues and princely ornaments. Now, China's nouveau riche lust for decorative baubles and furniture made of rosewood as a sign of status leading to a massive surge in demand for this precious timber that shows no signs of abating. In just a few short years the price has skyrocketed from just a hundred dollars a cubic meter to over $50,000 today. Jeremy Hance 14.268376 102.060013 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12406 2013-11-18T22:42:00Z 2013-11-18T23:38:08Z Timber smuggling continues in Madagascar Stocks of rosewood illegally harvested during in the aftermath of Madagascar's 2009 coup are being steadily smuggled off the Indian Ocean island, reports a paper published in the journal <i>MADAGASCAR CONSERVATION & DEVELOPMENT</i>. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12380 2013-11-14T14:05:00Z 2013-11-14T14:32:41Z Rent-a-mob disrupts court proceedings against Indonesian palm oil company <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/1114tripa150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A mob of 150 palm oil workers has disrupted court proceedings against Kalista Alam, an Indonesian palm oil company accused of illegally converting blocks of protected peat forests for an oil palm plantation in Aceh, Sumatra. The Kalista Alam case is widely seen as a test of Indonesia's commitment to forestry sector reform. Rhett Butler 3.832055 96.617789 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12239 2013-10-23T18:35:00Z 2014-02-20T19:23:32Z Illegal logging remains rampant in Brazil Illegal logging remains pervasive in the Brazilian state of Par&aacute;, finds an assessment released Monday by Imazon. Rhett Butler -1.984009 -50.754116 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12196 2013-10-14T18:12:00Z 2013-10-27T00:18:50Z Norway blacklists 2 Malaysian logging companies for 'severe environmental damage' in Borneo Norway's $760 billion pension fund has divested from two Malaysian forestry companies due to 'severe environmental damage'. Rhett Butler 1.567073 113.448204 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12155 2013-10-01T19:35:00Z 2014-02-20T19:24:05Z Indonesia, EU sign historic deal to end the illegal timber trade Indonesia and the European Union signed a deal on Monday that aims to curb illegal logging by ending all trade in illegal wood products between Asia’s largest exporter of timber to Europe and each of the EU’s 28 member states. Rhett Butler -6.208821 106.846054 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12193 2013-10-01T00:09:00Z 2013-10-12T13:37:18Z Australia officially bans imports of illegally-logged timber Australia has passed long-debated laws to prohibit the import and trade of illegally logged timber. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12094 2013-09-18T18:15:00Z 2014-02-22T02:00:49Z Controversial oil palm company now accused of illegal logging in Cameroon rainforest Environmental group, Greenpeace, has accused Herakles Farms of illegal logging in Cameroon after the company has already been lambasted by scientists and conservationists for its plan to build a 70,000 hectare palm oil plantation in one of Africa's most biodiverse rainforests. Herakles Farms has been under fire from green groups&#8212;both in Cameroon and abroad&#8212;for years over its oil palm plantation plans, including facing protests from locals who live in the forest to be cleared. Jeremy Hance 5.193526 9.327164 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12086 2013-09-18T00:26:00Z 2013-09-18T01:17:34Z Hydro projects a front for logging in Vietnam Small hydroelectric projects in forested areas in Vietnam may be a front for logging operations in the country's national parks, reports Vietnam Net. Rhett Butler 15.14902 107.953978 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12050 2013-09-10T23:51:00Z 2013-09-11T05:09:03Z Japanese firms buying illegal timber from Malaysia’s endangered rainforests <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/0910sarawak-man150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Japanese companies are failing to keep illegally logged timber from entering their supply chains, international human rights and environmental watchdog Global Witness said in a report released today. The report links several major Japanese firms to logging companies that are destroying tropical rainforests in Malaysian Borneo through illegal and destructive logging practices in Sarawak province. Rhett Butler 2.775708 113.798704 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11986 2013-08-29T17:37:00Z 2013-08-30T17:56:39Z Only suspect in Cambodian journalist's murder acquitted The only suspect in 2012 slaying of Hang Serei Oudom, a Cambodian environmental journalist, has been acquitted of murder by a court in Cambodia, reports the <i>AFP</i>. Rhett Butler 11.556053 104.915206 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11858 2013-07-30T16:47:00Z 2013-07-30T19:43:17Z Former cop to face charges in illegal logging scandal, Indonesian police say Labora Sitorus, a former police officer accused of running a nearly $150 million illegal logging ring in Indonesian New Guinea, faces charges of money laundering, illegal logging and fuel smuggling, a police spokesman said in Jakarta on Friday. Rhett Butler -1.261952 130.870299 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11788 2013-07-18T19:37:00Z 2013-07-20T00:32:32Z Brazil's military takes on illegal loggers to protect nearly-extinct tribe Brazil has launched a military campaign to evict illegal loggers working from the fringes of an indigenous reserve home to the Awá people, reports Survival International. Inhabiting the Amazon rainforest in northeastern Brazil, only around 450 Awá, also known as Guajá, survive today, and around a quarter of these have chosen voluntary isolation. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11567 2013-06-09T13:08:00Z 2013-06-09T13:27:06Z Indonesia to ban auctions of timber seized from illegal logging operations The Indonesian government may ban the practice of auctioning seized logs as a means for cracking down on illegal logging and timber laundering. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11507 2013-05-30T01:44:00Z 2013-05-30T18:38:29Z Indonesian official arrested for running $150m illegal logging ring A former police officer has been arrested in Indonesia for orchestrating a $150 million illegal logging ring in Indonesian New Guinea. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11506 2013-05-30T00:31:00Z 2013-05-30T00:46:24Z Bulk of Ghana timber exports may be illegal The bulk of timber produced from logging operations in Ghana fails to meet criteria set for import into the E.U. claims a new report from Global Witness. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11443 2013-05-16T14:08:00Z 2013-05-19T03:58:31Z NGO: conflict of interests behind Peruvian highway proposal in the Amazon <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0516.map.highway.peru.globalwitness.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>As Peru's legislature debates the merits of building the Purús highway through the Amazon rainforest, a new report by Global Witness alleges that the project has been aggressively pushed by those with a financial stake in opening up the remote area to logging and mining. Roads built in the Amazon lead to spikes in deforestation, mining, poaching and other extractive activities as remote areas become suddenly accessible. The road in question would cut through parts of the Peruvian Amazon rich in biodiversity and home to indigenous tribes who have chosen to live in "voluntary isolation." Jeremy Hance -9.688752 -70.695877 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11378 2013-05-06T16:26:00Z 2013-05-06T16:37:59Z Central America's largest forest under siege by colonists In the last four years, invading land speculators and peasants have destroyed 150,000 hectares (370,000 acres) of rainforest in Nicaragua's Bosawás Biosphere Reserve, according to the Mayangna and Miskito indigenous peoples who call this forest home. Although Nicaragua recognized the land rights of the indigenous people in 2007, the tribes say the government has not done near-enough to keep illegal settlers out despite recent eviction efforts. Jeremy Hance 14.227113 -84.994583 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11369 2013-05-04T14:34:00Z 2013-07-20T20:27:42Z Acting Madagascar president breaks pledge not to stand in election President Andry Rajoelina broke his pledge not to run in Madagascar's upcoming presidential election, once again throwing the political stability of the island nation into question. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11275 2013-04-22T11:37:00Z 2013-07-04T13:58:49Z A new tool against illegal logging: tree DNA technology goes mainstream <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/malaysia/150/borneo_2908.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Modern DNA technology offers a unique opportunity: you could pinpoint the origin of your table at home and track down if the trees it was made from were illegally obtained. Each wooden piece of furniture comes with a hidden natural barcode that can tell its story from a sapling in a forest all the way to your living room. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11246 2013-04-16T17:28:00Z 2013-04-16T17:38:06Z Illegal logging threatens lowland forests in Indonesian national park <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/indonesia/150/kalbar_0073.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Illegal logging in the heart of Indonesia’s Gunung Palung National Park may be putting one of the country’s last remaining lowland forests at risk. The park, located in Indonesia’s West Kalimantan province on the island of Borneo, is home to a number of endangered species including hornbills and gibbons, as well as around 2,500 orangutans, and is the site of a research station that has been collecting data on the forest for more than 20 years. Rhett Butler -1.254401 110.177078 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11208 2013-04-10T17:26:00Z 2013-04-10T17:35:49Z Landowner who allegedly ordered Amazon murders acquitted Jose Rodrigues Moreira, a Brazilian landowner who allegedly ordered the killings of Amazon activists Jose Claudio Ribeiro da Silva and his wife Maria, was acquitted this week due to lack of evidence. But, the two men who carried out the assassinations, Lindonjonson Silva Rocha and Alberto Lopes do Nascimento, were found guilty and sent to 42 and 45 years of jail respectively. Jeremy Hance -1.482989 -48.451538 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11059 2013-03-18T07:20:00Z 2013-03-18T11:36:49Z Deforestation in key Madagascar park accelerated after 2009 coup d'etat, finds satellite analysis Deforestation and forest disturbance in Madagascar's largest national park increased significantly less than a year after a coup displaced the country's democratically-elected president in 2009, finds a new study that analyzed forest cover in Masoala National Park. Rhett Butler -15.164393 50.082390 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11040 2013-03-14T20:06:00Z 2013-04-03T13:25:53Z Into the unknown mountains of Cambodia: rare birds, rice wine, and talk of tigers <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0314.virachey.2013-01-23-17.23.49.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Ringed with forested mountains forming the borders with Laos and Vietnam, the northeast corner of Cambodia has been an intriguing blank spot among my extensive travels through the country. Nestled up against this frontier is Virachey National Park, created in 1993. I began searching for a way to explore this area a couple of years ago, hoping to connect with conservation NGOs to get me into the park; no one seemed to know much about it. I learned that the area had been written off by these groups due to massive land concessions given to logging and rubber concerns. The World Bank abandoned its 8-year effort to create a management scheme for Virachey after the concessions were granted in 2007. A moratorium on the concessions is temporarily in place, but illegal logging incursions into the park continue. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11032 2013-03-12T18:07:00Z 2013-03-12T18:10:35Z Dozens of tropical trees awarded new protections at CITES Numerous species of rosewood and ebony from Madagascar, Latin America, and Southeast Asia were granted protection today at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Bangkok, Thailand. The ruling comes one day after CITES granted the first protections ever to sharks and manta rays. Jeremy Hance 13.743387 100.510941 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10974 2013-03-04T20:15:00Z 2013-03-04T22:35:32Z New illegal logging ban in EU could sever all ties with companies working in DRC <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0304.greenpeace.2013-03-04-at-2.05.31-PM.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Yesterday, the EU joined the U.S. and Australia in banning all timber that was illegally harvested abroad. The new regulation could have a major impact on where the EU sources its timber, and no where more so than the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). According to a new report by Greenpeace, the DRC's current moratorium on industrial logging is being systematically circumvented making all timber from the country suspect. Jeremy Hance -4.784469 18.960571 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10938 2013-02-27T23:11:00Z 2013-03-01T05:38:10Z Does the presence of scientists help deter poaching and deforestation in protected areas? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/indonesia/150/kalbar_1398.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>While vast areas of wildlife habitat have been set aside in protected areas in recent decades, many reserves continue to suffer from illegal encroachment, logging, mining, and poaching. The recent spasm in elephant and rhino poaching within African parks merely underlines the problem. Intuitively, it would seem that scientists' presence in a protected area would help safeguard it from illegal activities. But according to a new paper published in <i>Trends in Ecology & Evolution</i>, no one has definitively shown that to be the case. Rhett Butler -1.214928 110.075798 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10898 2013-02-20T18:09:00Z 2013-02-23T23:10:27Z First strike: nearly 200 illegal loggers arrested in massive sting across 12 countries One-hundred-and-ninety-seven illegal loggers across a dozen Central and South American countries have been arrested during INTERPOL's first strike against widespread forestry crime. INTERPOL, or The International Criminal Police Organization, worked with local police forces to take a first crack at illegal logging. In all the effort, known as Operation Lead, resulted in the seizure of 50,000 cubic meters of wood worth around $8 million. Jeremy Hance 45.782669 4.848661 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10859 2013-02-11T22:16:00Z 2013-02-24T00:12:51Z Rosewood in Belize: the truth behind the smoke In Belize, the uncontrolled and often illegal harvesting of rosewood has been, and still is, one of the major environmental issues in the country. In March of last year, the government established a moratorium on the export and extraction of rosewood, however illegal harvesting continued. On Friday 11 January, the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development made the bold move of burning confiscated illegally cut rosewood flitches. Jeremy Hance 16.248462 -88.865318 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10848 2013-02-07T20:17:00Z 2013-02-24T00:17:11Z Report: nearly half the timber from Mozambique to China is illegal <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0207.Log-truck-en-route-to-Beira,-Mozambique,-September-2012-(c)-EIA.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Forty-eight percent of the timber making its way from Mozambique's forests to Chinese companies was harvested illegally, according to a new report by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), which blames the problem on widespread corruption and poor governance. The illegal logging cost Mozambique, the world's fourth least-developed country in the world according to the UN, $29 million in tax revenue, says the report. Jeremy Hance -19.837122 34.852753 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10841 2013-02-06T18:46:00Z 2013-02-12T21:08:48Z Amphibian, tapir paradise in Honduras being ravaged by illegal deforestation Located in a mountainous area near the border with Guatemala, Cusuco National Park in Honduras is recognized by researchers as a critical refuge for endangered amphibians in a country that has suffered from widespread deforestation. But while the park largely escaped the devastation that has affected other protected areas in Honduras, the situation seems to be changing: since 2010 there has been a sharp increase in deforestation. Poachers, small farmers, and cattle ranchers are moving into the park using a network of research trails and camps established by Operation Wallacea, a British conservation science NGO. Rhett Butler 15.551606 -88.308105 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10760 2013-01-24T15:26:00Z 2013-01-24T18:08:00Z Illegally logged trees to start calling for help Illegal loggers beware: trees will soon be calling&#8212;literally&#8212;for backup. The Brazilian government has begun fixing trees with a wireless device, known as Invisible Tracck, which will allow trees to contact authorities after being felled and moved. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10530 2012-12-06T16:32:00Z 2012-12-06T16:42:54Z Illegal logging, mining worsened impact of Philippines' killer typhoon According to Filipino officials, rampant illegal logging and mining were likely a part of the cause for the high casualty count from Category 5 Typhoon Bopha (Pablo), especially in the Compostela Valley where government officials had warned people to stop the illegal activities. So far, 370 people have been found dead on the island of Mindanao with another 400 missing. Waters rose so high even emergency shelters were inundated. Jeremy Hance 7.634776 126.088257 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10487 2012-11-29T18:02:00Z 2012-11-29T18:14:26Z 'Exporting deforestation': China is the kingpin of illegal logging <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/12/Logs-smuggled-across-the-land-border-from-Myanmar-into-Yunnan-province,-China,-April-2012-(c)-EIA.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Runaway economic growth comes with costs: in the case of China's economic engine, one of them has been the world's forests. According to a new report by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), China has become the number one importer of illegal wood products from around the world. Illegal logging&#8212;which threatens biodiversity, emits carbon, impoverishes local communities, and is often coupled with other crimes&#8212;has come under heavy pressure in recent years from the U.S., the EU, and Australia. Each of these has implemented, or will soon implement, new laws that make importing and selling illegal wood products domestic crimes. However, China's unwillingness to tackle its vast appetite for illegal timber means the trade continues to decimate forests worldwide. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10444 2012-11-21T21:05:00Z 2012-11-22T03:07:39Z Australia outlaws illegally-logged wood from abroad In another blow to illegal loggers, Australia has passed the Illegal Logging Prohibition Bill, joining the U.S. in outlawing the importation of illegal logged timber from abroad. The new legislation makes it a criminal offense for Australian businesses to import timber from illegal operations. The Australian government estimates that $400 million worth of illegal timber products are sold in the country each year often as outdoor furniture and wood for decks Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10374 2012-11-08T19:55:00Z 2013-01-23T22:42:41Z Foreign loggers and corrupt officials flouting logging moratorium in the Democratic Republic of Congo <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/12/drc.logging.globalwitness.thumb.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In 2002 the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) announced a moratorium on commercial logging in a bid to save rapidly falling forests, however a new report by Global Witness alleges that industrial loggers are finding a way around the logging freeze. Through unscrupulous officials, foreign companies are abusing artisanal permits&#8212;meant for local community logging&#8212;to clear-cut wide swathes of tropical forest in the country. These logging companies are often targeting an endangered tree&#8212;wenge (Millettia laurentii)&#8212;largely for buyers in China and Europe. Jeremy Hance -4.328182 15.507667 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10358 2012-11-02T21:08:00Z 2012-11-02T22:01:01Z HSBC bank funding large-scale rainforest destruction and invasion of indigenous lands in Borneo, alleges report <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/12/1102sarawak150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>HSBC has earned tens of millions financing the destruction of rainforests and invasion of indigenous land in the Malaysian state of Sarawak on the island of Borneo, alleges an explosive new report from Global Witness. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10314 2012-10-25T13:04:00Z 2012-10-29T13:29:13Z Smuggling of illegally logged rosewood in Madagascar continues, alleges report Timber traders in Madagascar are smuggling illegally logged rosewood despite an official export ban, alleges a new report published by a Malagasy researcher. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10248 2012-10-08T20:23:00Z 2012-10-08T20:41:07Z Cambodia drops case of murdered forest activist, Chut Wutty An investigation into the mysterious death of Cambodian forest activist, Chut Wutty, has been dismissed by the courts, which critics allege is apart of an ongoing cover up. The court decided that since the suspect in Wutty's death, In Rattana, was also dead there was no need to proceed. Chut Witty was shot to death while escorting two journalists to a logging site run by Timbergreen. Wutty, whose death made international news, was a prominent activist against illegal logging in Cambodia. Jeremy Hance 13.84608 107.088776 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10222 2012-10-01T12:22:00Z 2012-10-01T13:48:31Z Illegal logging worth $30-100B annually Illegal logging accounts for 15-30 percent of forestry in the tropics and is worth $30-100 billion worldwide, alleges a new report published by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and INTERPOL. Consuming countries play a major role in the trade, which is increasingly sophisticated and in some places is facilitated by the expansion of industrial plantations. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10214 2012-09-27T16:38:00Z 2012-09-27T16:59:03Z Another journalist attacked in Cambodia for covering illegal logging Two weeks after an environmental journalist was found murdered in the trunk of his car, another journalist has been brutally attacked in Cambodia. Ek Sokunthy with the local paper Ta Prum says he was beaten in his home by three assailants by a pistol and a stick. The attack follows swiftly after the high-profile murder of 44-year-old forest journalist Hang Serei Oudom. Jeremy Hance 13.84608 107.088776 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10200 2012-09-26T17:04:00Z 2012-09-26T17:26:52Z Corruption still plundering forests in Laos for furniture The forests of Lao are still suffering from widespread destruction with the government turning a blind eye to a thriving black market logging trade on the border of Laos and Vietnam, according to an update report by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA). Last year, the EIA found that powerful players, including the Vietnamese military, were plundering Laos of its forests for raw logs. Smuggled from Laos into Vietnam, the raw logs are crafted into furniture, which are eventually exported to Europe and the U.S. Now, over a year later a new report finds little has changed. Jeremy Hance 17.956526 102.627182 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10148 2012-09-13T19:08:00Z 2012-09-16T15:09:11Z Environmental journalist investigating illegal logging murdered in Cambodia Less than five months after high-profile forest activist, Chut Wutty, was killed in Cambodia, an environmental journalist, Hang Serei Oudom, has been found slain in the trunk of his car, possibly murdered with an ax, reports the AFP. Oudum, who worked at the local paper Vorakchun Khmer Daily, was known for writing stories on epidemic of illegal logging in Cambodia, often linking the crime to business people and politicians. The car and body were found in a cashew nut plantation in Ratanakiri province, an area rife with logging. Jeremy Hance 13.880746 107.181702 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10068 2012-08-28T16:04:00Z 2012-09-05T02:15:53Z Rainforests decline sharply in Sumatra, but rate of deforestation slows <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/12/sumatra-forest-primary-cover150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The extent of old-growth forest in Sumatra shrank by 40 percent over the past 20 years, while overall forest on the Indonesian island declined by 36 percent, finds a comprehensive new satellite-based assessment published in Environmental Research Letters. The research, conducted by an international team led by Belinda Arunarwati Margono of South Dakota State University and Indonesia's Ministry of Forestry, reveals the dire condition of Sumatra's once extensive rainforests. Overall Sumatra lost 7.5 million hectares of forest between 1990 and 2010, of which about 2.6 million hectares was primary forest. The bulk of forest loss occurred in secondary forests that had been previously degraded by logging. Rhett Butler 0.285643 101.729736 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10057 2012-08-23T04:59:00Z 2012-08-23T05:07:23Z Burma warns of deforestation crisis An official warned that Myanmar is facing a deforestation crisis due to poor forest management, illegal logging, and fuelwood collection, reports Chinese state media. Rhett Butler 19.749094 96.0991 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9966 2012-08-06T20:43:00Z 2012-08-18T19:03:30Z Gibson Guitar to pay $300,000 for violating Lacey Act with illegal timber imports from Madagascar Gibson Guitar Company has avoided criminal prosecution under the Lacey Act &#8212; a law that aims to curb illegal logging abroad &#8212; by settling with the Department of Justice. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9948 2012-07-31T19:38:00Z 2012-07-31T23:37:13Z Forest cover falls 9% in East Africa in 9 years <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://www.mongabay.com/images/uganda/150/ug2_5559.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Forest cover in East Africa has dropped by 9.3 percent from 2001-2009, according to a new paper published in the open-access journal PLoS ONE. Looking at 12 countries in the region, the scientists found that, worryingly, forests were particularly hard hit near protected areas. Usually thought of as a region of vast savannas, such as the Serengeti, East Africa is also home to incredibly biodiverse tropical forests, including coastal forests, rich montane forests, and the eastern portion of the Congo Rainforest. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9693 2012-06-19T15:59:00Z 2012-06-19T16:11:30Z Over 700 people killed defending forest and land rights in past ten years <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/11/0528-murders-in-brazil-150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>On May 24th, 2011, forest activist José Cláudio Ribeiro da Silva and his wife, Maria do Espírito Santo da Silva, were gunned down in an ambush in the Brazilian state of Pará. A longtime activist, José Cláudio Ribeiro da Silva had made a name for himself for openly criticizing illegal logging in the state which is rife with deforestation. The killers even cut off the ears of the da Silvas, a common practice of assassins in Brazil to prove to their employers that they had committed the deed. Less than a year before he was murdered, da Silva warned in a TEDx Talk, "I could get a bullet in my head at any moment...because I denounce the loggers and charcoal producers." Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9517 2012-05-14T20:17:00Z 2012-05-15T12:58:26Z U.S. car manufacturers linked to Amazon destruction, slave labor <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/gp.cars.GP042LJ.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>According to a new report by Greenpeace, top U.S. car companies such as Ford, General Motors, and Nissan are sourcing pig iron that has resulted in the destruction of Amazon rainforests, slave labor, and land conflict with indigenous tribes. Spending two years documenting the pig iron trade between northeastern Brazil and the U.S., Greenpeace has discovered that rainforests are cut and burned to power blast furnaces that produce pig iron, which is then shipped to the U.S. for steel production. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9513 2012-05-14T05:14:00Z 2012-05-14T05:39:14Z We should help solve illegal logging, not be part of the problem <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/indonesia/150/kalbar_1087.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>It's tempting to think of illegal logging as an environmental crisis but it takes a serious human toll too. Just ask the wife and children of Chut Wutty, an environmental activist who was murdered last week for investigating rampant illegal logging in Cambodia. Wutty was far from alone. Criminal gangs increasingly control illegal logging, and don't hesitate to kill those who dare to oppose them. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9494 2012-05-10T20:35:00Z 2013-07-20T05:39:18Z Can loggers be conservationists? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/indonesia-java/150/java_0884.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Last year researchers took the first ever publicly-released video of an African golden cat (Profelis aurata) in a Gabon rainforest. This beautiful, but elusive, feline was filmed sitting docilely for the camera and chasing a bat. The least-known of Africa's wild cat species, the African golden cat has been difficult to study because it makes its home deep in the Congo rainforest. However, researchers didn't capture the cat on video in an untrammeled, pristine forest, but in a well-managed logging concession by Precious Woods Inc., where scientist's cameras also photographed gorillas, elephants, leopards, and duikers. Jeremy Hance -1.040211 29.673386 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9487 2012-05-07T16:47:00Z 2012-05-07T16:57:19Z Cambodia suspends economic land concessions Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen announced today that Cambodia would be temporarily suspending new economic land concessions and would revoke any concessions from companies involved in illegal logging, the evictions of locals or land-grabbing. The announcement comes two week after the high-profile death of local forest activist, Chut Wutty, who was shot and killed by military police while investigating illegal logging with two journalists. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9479 2012-05-03T22:18:00Z 2012-05-04T16:35:30Z Indonesia's Environment Ministry to sue APP, APRIL in $225B illegal logging case Indonesia's Ministry of Environment is planning to sue 14 pulp and paper companies for illegally logging forests in Riau Province on the island of Sumatra, reports <i>Tempo Magazine</i>. 12 of the 14 companies are linked to Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) and Asian Pacific Resources International Holdings Limited (APRIL), pulp and paper giants that have been heavily criticized by environmentalists for destroying rainforests and peatlands that serve as critical habitat for endangered tigers, elephants, and orangutans. Rhett Butler