In late July, Myanmar sentenced 153 Chinese nationals to life in prison for illegal logging, shining a spotlight on an issue that has been a problem for decades.
As China’s rabid demand for teak, redwoods and other timber has grown, so too has the market for stolen wood from Myanmar’s frontier forests. The trade is worth hundreds of millions of dollars every year, making it one of the single largest bilateral flows of illegal timber in the world.
The new report from the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), Organised Chaos: The illicit overland timber trade between Myanmar and China, will be launched at a special event in Beijing, where a short film on the issue will be screened. EIA investigators will be discussing the report and taking questions.