A recent study in Ghana found a large increase in the illegal trade of Rosewood (Pterocarpus erinaceus) after the species was listed on CITES Appendices II and III.
The withdrawal of the Ipe CITES proposal increases the likelihood that environmental NGOs take it upon themselves to regulate the trade of Ipe through the enforcement of timber trade regulations such as The Lacey Act, EU Timber Regulation, and others.
The Brazilian NGO Imazon has released a report regarding timber harvests in the state of Pará for the period August … More
The illegal Ipe was laundered using forest credits coming from fraudulent forest management plans and shell companies. The credits for each cubic meter of Ipe can be sold for as much as $R 800 (US$ 215) on the black market.
In an operation called “Do Re Mi” authorities in Brazil seized 20,804 violin bows made from allegedly illegal Pau-Brasil wood (Paubrasilia echinata).