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Briefing Document

International NGO letter regarding the sale of confiscated precious wood in Madagascar

3rd February 2012
This is a letter from seven international non-governmental organizations, experts on the topic of illegal logging in Madagascar, to the Minister of Environment and Forests of Madagascar, regarding the risk that a proposed poorly managed sale of illegally-sourced ebony and rosewood currently poses.

Please see the attached letter from seven international non-governmental organizations, experts on the topic of illegal logging in Madagascar, to the Minister of Environment and Forests of Madagascar, regarding the risk that a proposed poorly managed sale of illegally-sourced ebony and rosewood currently poses.

Kazakhmys response over ownership of smelter

10th March 2014

Submission to the Chinese State Forest Administration regarding the forthcoming Timber Trade and Investment Guideline

27th January 2014

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The last two decades have seen China’s rapid emergence as a global leader within the international timber trade – as an importer, manufacturer, consumer and exporter of a wide range of wood products, as well as an investor in forest industries around the world.

Congo fails to reveal loss-making oil deal with controversial businessman’s offshore firm

23rd January 2014
The Democratic Republic of Congo has struck a deal to buy back oil rights from a secretive offshore company for a sum likely to be hundreds of times the price the company paid several years earlier, Global Witness says in a report published today. The contract for the latest sale – in which Congo appears to have made a staggering loss - has not been published, in contravention of the country’s transparency laws.

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A New Window of Opportunity in Liberia's Forest Sector

12th December 2013
Liberia is home to globally significant forests and most of its people depend on them for their livelihoods. But the restarting of large-scale timber extraction in the country has proven disastrous for local people, the environment, and efforts to strengthen governance. Nonetheless, recent actions by the President and her government to address these failures provide a brief window of opportunity to bring about profound and lasting positive change for Liberia’s forests.

Liberia is home to globally significant forests and most of its people depend on them for their livelihoods. But the restarting of large-scale timber extraction in the country has proven disastrous for local people, the environment, and efforts to strengthen governance. Nonetheless, recent actions by the President and her government to address these failures provide a brief window of opportunity to bring about profound and lasting positive change for Liberia’s forests, the communities that depend on them, and the wider economy.

Open letter calls for rules to protect climate policy-making from corporate influence as civil society walks out of Warsaw conference

21st November 2013
Global Witness expresses its support for civil society colleagues who have walked out of the COP 19 Warsaw Climate Conference in protest at lack of progress towards an international deal to curb soaring global greenhouse gas emissions

Global Witness expresses its support for civil society colleagues who have walked out of the COP 19 Warsaw Climate Conference in protest at lack of progress towards an international deal to curb soaring global greenhouse gas emissions.

The walkout comes after 70 organisations from across global civil society released this letter calling on the United Nations and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to bring in new rules to protect  the global climate talks from the undue influence of the fossil fuel industry.

US “Conflict minerals” legislation: Opportunities and obligations for Chinese companies

13th August 2013

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In the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) eastern provinces of North and South Kivu foreign and Congolese armed groups and members of the Congolese army (FARDC) have made millions of dollars through illegal control of the minerals trade for almost fifteen years.

EITI in South Sudan: The Case for Caution

22nd October 2013
South Sudan’s government has publically announced its intention to join the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative on several occasions. Global Witness welcomes South Sudan’s commitment to the EITI process. However, we are concerned about the risks that rushed EITI membership poses, and recommend that South Sudan focus capacity on the implementation of its own very progressive laws. This memo explains this position more fully.

Download a PDF of this memo here.

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