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.

Madagascar, Dynastes satanas, spiny tailed lizard, Kaiser’s spotted newt, coral

18 Mar 2010

News in brief:

Bluefin tuna: The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas is not opposed to the listing of bluefin tuna in Appendix 2, and Australia has declared itself favorable to the idea; more to follow…

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The fragrance of rosewood floats over CITES

17 Mar 2010

The fragrance of rosewood floats over CITES

This morning, the 15th Conference of States at CITES decided by consensus to approve the Brazilian proposal to list Brazilian rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora) in Appendix 2. The international trade in rosewood essential oil will be controlled from now in importing and exporting countries. The listing makes a provision for the exclusion of finished products, packaged and ready for sale. Ladies, you do not need a CITES permit to travel with your No5.

Brazilian rosewood is also called pau rosa, its Brazilian name, to avoid confusion with other species from around the world which are also named rosewood because of their color. Pau rosa is exclusively present in the Amazon basin, principally in Brazil and French Guiana. Some populations were counted in Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Guyana, Suriname, and Venezuela. As the Brazilian proposal emphasizes, the growth of this tree is slow while its exploitation is rapid. The harvesting surpasses its capacities for natural re-growth. All the countries in the region supported Brazil, as well as Mexico and Costa Rica on behalf of 25 Central American and Caribbean countries. Those which were against it didn’t so much as lift a finger.

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Rosewood tree, African elephant, polar bear and Mariana mallard

14 Mar 2010

Rosewood tree, African elephant, polar bear and Mariana mallard

The 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties of CITES, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora will take place in Doha, Qatar, from the 13th to 25th of March 2010. As with every precedent session since 1989, Robin des Bois will attend.

Brazilian rosewood, rosewood tree (Aniba rosaeodora Ducke):

Chanel uses Brazilian rosewood an essential oil in their perfume n°5, in 1997 a controversy arose around this subject between the perfumery and Robin des Bois. This controversy was closed by a mutual accord on the necessity to protect Brazilian rosewood, notably via controlling international trade, by including the species on Appendix II of CITES and with plantation trials in French Guiana. Currently, essential oils of rosewood are on the market, for the most part they are made out of chemical substances but they could contain traces of the natural essence. The market of “organic farming” certificated oils used in aromatherapy claims Brazilian rosewood to have anti-depressing and aphrodisiac properties. The principal range state Brazil is proposing the inclusion of Brazilian rosewood in Appendix II. All of the French perfumeries are in favour of this proposal. More than 10 years after the start of Robin des Bois’ campaign, the time it takes for diplomacy, this proposal is an important issue for the Robin des Bois association. The battle is far from over as the Parties who profit from the wood industry are generally reluctant about including a tree in appendixes I or II. Concerning this species, clairvoyance by the Brazilians should be acknowledged.

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(Français) Paris – Dakar : la fin d’une mésaventure

4 Jan 2008

Only in French.

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(Français) Principales décisions de la 14ème CITES

15 Jun 2007

Only in French.

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(Français) Aux haies citoyens !

6 Apr 2007

Only in French.

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(Français) Contribution de Cherbourg à la déforestation amazonienne

15 Dec 2006

Only in French.

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(Français) Nous l’appellerons la passerelle Bruno Manser

11 Jul 2006

(Français) Nous l’appellerons la passerelle Bruno Manser

Only in French.

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(Français) Non à la déforestation sous-marine

4 Jul 2006

Only in French.

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Teak: a colonial tic

28 Apr 2006

If there’s a nostalgic habit rooted in the European disposition, it’s that of strutting about in parcs and gardens, on terraces and balconies, on armchairs and recliners fashioned from exotic woods that have been cut in remote forests and sold in small shops and superstores plundering worldwide in order to make enormous profits at a ethically high price, and to create mega-ports for container ships measuring 350 meters long. Teak is in the highest demand and penchant for the wood has created a teak fever that smells like the steamers and elephants of yesteryear. Nothing beats this little piece of the past – this low-quality souvenir of a long gone era – for a conversation starter on sustainable development.

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