- Published: 24 October 2016
At the recent CITES meeting held in Johannesburg, a decision was passed to list the entire Dalbergia genus in Appendix II of the CITES convention meaning only controlled trade in sustainable volumes will be allowed. By consensus CITES has placed the entire Dalbergia genus of rosewood under trade restrictions. CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, also called the Washington Convention) is an international agreement to ensure that international trade of wild animals and plants does not threaten the survival of their species. Demand, especially in Asia, has had a devastating impact on available resources in South‐East Asia and traffickers are now tapping alternative sources in Africa and Central America.
- Published: 21 October 2016
According to WWF, global demand for timber could triple by 2050. Demand for solid wood and paper products in emerging markets as population and economic growth takes place as well as increasing the use of wood as a feedstock for bioenergy. And, here is the shocking news - we don’t have all this timber. Lading countries that supply timber are either at the point of expiry or running at a deficit as forest resources are used without adequate provision for sustainable timber supply: Brazil has only 16 years of timber forests remaining, South Africa 7 years, Colombia 12 years, Mexico 9 years, Nigeria 11 years, Thailand 9 years and Pakistan 10 years.
- Published: 15 October 2016
- Published: 07 October 2016
On #InternationalCoffeeDay, civil society organizations around the world are taking action today to raise awareness that using throwaway cups causes harm to people, forests, water and the climate. The Environmental Paper Network (EPN) is launching its ‘Cupifesto – A Manifesto for No Throwaway Cups’ urging drinks retailers and politicians all over the world to stop encouraging a throwaway culture, by ensuring all cups are reusable.
- Published: 06 October 2016
The Canadian oil company Pacific E&P cancelled has pulled out of the territory of an Amazon tribe in Peru, cancelling its contract to explore for oil, in the face of stiff opposition from the Matsés Indians. The Matsés’ resistance has prevented the oil company from starting its first phase of oil exploration.