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Lessons UNlearned: How the UN and Member States must do more to end resource-fuelled conflict

27th January 2010
Drawing on Global Witness’ experience in Angola, Cambodia, DRC, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Sudan, this report aims to promote understanding of, and a strategy for dealing with, the problem of natural resource wealth incentivising, financing, and preventing resolution of conflicts.

Drawing on Global Witness’ experience in Angola, Cambodia, DRC, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Sudan, this report aims to promote understanding of, and a strategy for dealing with, the problem of natural resource wealth incentivising, financing, and preventing resolution of conflicts.

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Building Confidence in REDD - Monitoring Beyond Carbon

4th December 2009
This report is intended to inform the development of a monitoring system for REDD that goes beyond the measurement, reporting and verification of emissions reductions and carbon stored in forests (C-MRV). It identifies governance challenges and the risks presented to investment by weak governance and extensive illegality in REDD countries, and provides the rationale for a broad-based robust monitoring system.

This report is intended to inform the development of a monitoring system for REDD that goes beyond the measurement, reporting and verification of emissions reductions and carbon stored in forests (C-MRV). It identifies governance challenges and the risks presented to investment by weak governance and extensive illegality in REDD countries, and provides the rationale for a broad-based robust monitoring system.

A Decade of Experience - Lessons Learned from Independent Forest Monitoring to Inform REDD

4th December 2009
The evidence base for the proposal on the independent monitoring of REDD.

Independent Forest Monitoring (IFM) has been developed over the last decade to monitor logging, legal compliance and forest law enforcement. Through the provision of publicly accessible, objective information on the control of activities in the forest sector, IFM addresses governance and transparency and supports forest law enforcement. IFM is, in effect, a form of systems or governance monitoring. This report presents a detailed review and analysis of lessons learned from implementing IFM in practice.

Field investigation into illegal logging in Madagascar

26th November 2009
A dramatic increase in the felling and cutting of rosewood has occurred in the SAVA Region of north-east Madagascar in 2009. A joint investigation by Global Witness and the Environmental Investigation Agency found serious failings on the part of members of the Forest Administration, the national police and other Malagasy authorities.

Important note: we have revised some of the figures in this report since it was first published. An explanation of the corrections can be read here.

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The Secret Life of a Shopaholic: How an African dictator's playboy son went on a multi-million dollar shopping spree in the U.S.

17th November 2009
This new report from Global Witness was written with the help of investigative journalist Ken Silverstein.

This new report from Global Witness was written with the help of investigative journalist Ken Silverstein.

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A Disharmonious Trade: China and the continued destruction of Burma's northern frontier forests

21st October 2009
This is the third in a series of reports on illegal logging in Burma, is based on field research carried out between 2005 and 2009 in Kachin State, along the Burma-China border, and on China's eastern seaboard. The field research is supported by an analysis of the latest trade data which shows that imports of logs and sawn wood across the land border from Burma fell by more than 70% between 2005 and 2008.

This is the third in a series of reports on illegal logging in Burma. It is based on field research carried out between 2005 and 2009 in Kachin State, along the Burma-China border, and on China's eastern seaboard. The field research is supported by an analysis of the latest trade data which shows that imports of logs and sawn wood across the land border from Burma fell by more than 70% between 2005 and 2008.

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Heads in the Sand: Governments Ignore the Oil Supply Crunch and Threaten the Climate

20th October 2009
This report argues that governments have failed to acknowledge a looming oil supply crunch. Their collective failure means we have lost a decade in which action could have been taken. Recognition of the oil supply crunch would also have injected a sense of urgency and increased ambition in climate change negotiations.

This report argues that governments have failed to acknowledge a looming oil supply crunch. Their collective failure means we have lost a decade in which action could have been taken. Recognition of the oil supply crunch would also have injected a sense of urgency and increased ambition into climate change negotiations.

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Fuelling Mistrust: The need for transparency in Sudan's oil industry

7th September 2009
This new report from Global Witness calls for greater transparency in the oil revenue sharing system in Sudan, revealing new evidence that raises serious questions about the accuracy of the oil production figures published in Khartoum.

 

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Faced with a gun, what can you do?

31st July 2009

War and the militarisation of mining in eastern congo - a report by Global Witness July 2009

 

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Global Witness Report: 'Faced with a gun, what can you do?'

21st July 2009
Global Witness report on the militarisation of mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo, based on extensive field research. Names Asian and European companies that are trading in conflict minerals, thereby fuelling the conflict.

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