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  • Events | 22 November, 2012 (20:06)

    Revealed: How China Is the World’s Biggest Illegal Timber Trader

    China is now the world’s biggest consumer of timber, importing illegal timber from the forests of such countries as Indonesia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Myanmar and the Russian Far East. The burden of making further progress in the international fight against deforestation and illegal logging now rests squarely on China’s shoulders.

    The London-based Environmental Investigation Agency releases its newest report on November 29, 2012, following undercover investigations in China and Mozambique, and building on nearly a decade of investigations revealing China’s key role in the global illegal timber trade.

    Appetite for Destruction: China’s Trade in Illegal Timber examines the extent and impacts of China’s voracious consumption of timber, features several case studies from countries whose forests are being severely depleted, and calls on the Chinese Government to act swiftly and decisively in strengthening its enforcement and ensuring illegal timber is barred from its markets.

    The report will be presented and discussed by EIA Campaigns Director Julian Newman, Forests Campaign Leader Faith Doherty and Senior Forests Campaigner Jago Wadley.

    DATE: Nov 29 (Thursday)
    TIME: 2:00-3:30pm
    VENUE: Embassy of Denmark, San Li Tun, Dong Wu Jie 1, 中国北京三里屯东五街1号, Tel.: +86 (10) 8532 9900
    ENTRANCE: free to FCCC members, 80 RMB on the door to non-members
    RESERVATION: at fcccadmin@gmail.com

    Julian Newman joined EIA in July 1997 as an investigator, after working as a journalist for six years. He has carried out field investigations into illegal logging in Indonesia, China, Malaysia, Vietnam and Laos, and wildlife crime investigations in Tanzania, Zambia, Singapore and China. He has also been involved in training local NGOs in Indonesia and Tanzania. Since 2008 he has been Campaigns Director at EIA.

    Faith Doherty has been involved in environmental and human rights work in East Asia for more than 20 years. In the early 1990s, Faith moved to Thailand where she worked with the environmental and human rights community with a special focus on Myanmar. Her work included issues related to the border regions of Thailand, India and China. In the late 1990s, she returned to the UK and joined EIA to work on its Forests Campaign which she now leads. Her work includes a focus on East Asia and the consuming countries of Western Europe.

    Jago Wadley is a Senior Forests Campaigner at EIA, having been part of its forest team for seven years. His work  involves conducting detailed research and investigations, developing policy briefs and writing reports for publication, as well as lobbying governments and timber industry stakeholders worldwide as part of EIA’s campaign to stop the illegal timber trade. Jago has also led EIA’s capacity-building programs in Papua, Indonesia, and has led its work on illegal forest conversion for plantations. Before joining EIA in 2005, Jago worked at Greenpeace UK, where he investigated the UK timber trade.