Plundering and Trade

La protection des forêts boréales, tropicales et tempérées est un enjeu planétaire. Exploités pour la construction, l’ameublement, le chauffage ou la pâte à papier, précieux ou dépréciés, les arbres reculent et les peuples forestiers sont poussés dehors et se délitent. Les peuples des villes et des villages sont aussi touchés. Leurs arbres tombent également, un à un ou alignés, peupliers de vingt ans, chêne centenaire, orme remarquable, coupés pour cause d’aménagement, de maladie non prouvée, d’allergie ou de branches soumises au vent.

(Français) Les sans-chênes

18 Mar 2021

(Français) Les sans-chênes

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Prostates are clearing Africa

27 Oct 2020

Prostates are clearing Africa

Press release n°1

The African cherry tree (Prunus africana, also known as African almond) was serving the public interest. It slows down erosion and mudflows on the steep slopes of the mountains of tropical and southern Africa as far as Madagascar. It favours the establishment of ferns and orchids and by the abundance of its seeds and fruits, it contributes to feeding primates and birds such as gorillas, eastern black-and-white colobuses, Bannerman’s turacos and Cameroon greenbulls. Local communities use its leaves and roots to treat various diseases.

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(Français) Charlie Hebdo et Robin des Bois

9 Sep 2020

(Français) Charlie Hebdo et Robin des Bois

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(Français) Les forêts périclitaines

17 Jun 2020

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(Français) Commerce d’espèces menacées – bilan de la CITES

11 Oct 2016

(Français) Commerce d’espèces menacées – bilan de la CITES

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Something is moving in wood

1 Oct 2016

Press release n°3

CITES – Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
17th Conference of the Parties. Johannesburg – South Africa
September 24 to October 5, 2016

Good news for tropical forests. Three important changes.

1- Dalbergia
It was feared that China would oppose. Trade in Dalbergia, commonly known as rosewood or red wood (“hongmu” in Chinese) had been booming in the world’s biggest importer. 10,000 producers of furniture and decorative objects are in activity in China, transforming “hongmu”. The industry employs one million people and generates 7 billion US$ in revenue per year. The Dalbegia odorifera, the most prestigious species, is sold at present for 1.5 million US$ per m3. Ordinary species are sold between 10,000 and 40,000 US$ per m3. After China, the United States and Europe are the main importers.

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Specious Woods

5 Feb 2016

Press Release Modern Express no. 4

(The other press releases on the modern Express are available here)

According to the French naval headquarters of the Atlantic Ocean there are 3600 tons of sawn timber on board of the Modern Express. On the other hand, the Ministry of Economy of Gabon (after having consulted with the shipping agent Necotrans in Libreville) claims that there are 4089 tons of sawn timber. Necotrans also has an agency in Le Havre.

The fact that Gabon claimed an international investigation of the matter thorough Interpol encourages France to do likewise on its own territory, particularly because the timber unloaded at Le Havre can reach China on board of container ships of Chinese companies that regularly call at Le Havre.

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(Français) Alerte au massacre d’une pinède riveraine du Parc National des Calanques

17 Feb 2015

(Français) Alerte au massacre d’une pinède riveraine du Parc National des Calanques

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(Français) A la Sainte-Catherine, tout bois part en Chine

25 Nov 2014

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The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora about to be reborn as the WTO (World Trade Organization)

25 Mar 2010

The 15th conference of the parties of CITES has just ended in Doha. The porbeagle shark was put back on the table following the intervention of Singapore, which believed that there had been technical problems with the first vote. The debates were evaded by a procedural trick and the proposal passed directly to vote. The proposal was rejected by three votes. Iceland, candidate to join the European Union, and Japan, which will host the Conference for Biodiversity next October, in showing the best intentions in the world, warmly hugged each other in the middle of the conference room to congratulate themselves on this failure of Europe and the protectors of sharks.

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