Illegal Logging: The Huge Trade in Stolen Timber Between Myanmar and China | Foreign Correspondent’s Club of China

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by Project Pengyou on September 17th, 2015   498 views

When and Where

  • 17/09/2015
    10:00 am - 11:30 am

  • Embassy of Denmark
    San Li Tun, Dong Wu Jie 1, Beijing, China
    Beijing
    China
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Illegal Logging: The Huge Trade in Stolen Timber Between Myanmar and China | Foreign Correspondent's Club of China

Event Details

Please join as experts shed light on the unlawful timber trade between the countries. The new EIA report “Organised Chaos: The illicit overland timber trade between Myanmar and China” will be launched at the event and a short film on the issue will be screened.

Thursday, September 17, 10am-11:30am
Illegal Logging: The Huge Trade in Stolen Timber Between Myanmar and China
Julian Newman, Campaigns Director, Environmental Investigation Agency
Faith Doherty, Head of Forests Campaign, Environmental Investigation Agency
Jago Wadley, Senior Forest Campaigner, Environmental Investigation Agency
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In late July, Myanmar sentenced 153 Chinese nationals to life in prison for illegal logging, shining a spotlight on an issue that has been a problem for decades. As China’s rabid demand for teak, redwoods and other timber has grown, so too has the market for stolen wood from Myanmar’s frontier forests. The trade is worth hundreds of millions of dollars every year, making it one of the single largest bilateral flows of illegal timber in the world.

Who is profiting? Who is perishing? Please join as experts shed light on the unlawful timber trade between the countries. The new EIA report “Organised Chaos: The illicit overland timber trade between Myanmar and China” will be launched at the event and a short film on the issue will be screened.

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 China, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar and Vietnam and wildlife crime investigations in China, Singapore, Tanzania and Zambia. 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 China, India and Thailand. In the late 1990s, she returned to the UK and joined EIA to work on its Forest 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 Forest Campaigner at EIA, having been part of its Forest team for a decade. 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.

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