karl ammann
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present features:

As CITES annual conf.
nears Karl expounds on
CITES double standards.

Karl's exposition of the
real Ivory price
in China.

Christopher Hasslet's
incredible report on the
illicit online ape trade.

An open letter regarding
developments in Guinea

concerning the illegal
export of great apes.

karl's recent Report on
, its permitting
system, with clear
evidence of its
failure to police
the trade in live animals
of endangered species

karl discusses how
disappearing wildlife,
worldwild, reappears
in Chinese Zoo and
Safari Park facilities

karl interviewed by
Southeast Asia Globe
reveals his trade secrets;
staying out of trouble,
disillusion w/progress
on illicit animal trade

CITES 2011 Guinea
Mission Report

karl comments on
Apparent drop in
rhino horn demand

karl wins another
SAB environmental
media award

Commercial Exploitation
and Cites

karl ammannn

Overwhelmed U.S. port
inspectors unable to keep up
with illegal wildlife trade
Darryl Fears (in Wash Post)

African fraud, local market
exacerbate illegal primate

Global Times

Media Report (in Chinese)
Southern China Weekly

the Conakry Connection
very detailed report on
great ape smuggling in Guinea
provides insight into the
worldwide animal trade.
karl ammann and others

latest (9-14)Conakry
Connection update

karl ammann and others

latest (1-14)Conakry
Connection update

karl ammann and others

Cites and the Shanghai 8
exporting illegal wild apes
claiming them captive bred
karl ammann

Cites and the Taiping4
more on the export
of illegal wild apes
claimed as captive bred
karl ammann

Karl's blogs for
National Geographic
tiger Trade, china's chimp
smuggling, ivory tracking,
rhino poaching and more.

Tiger farming in
SE Asia

karl ammann

more on the China-
Gorilla story

karl ammann

Cites and the illegal
trade in wildlife

karl ammann

emails/letters/issues ignored
bonobos to Armenia

GRASP correspondence on
illegal animal trade

allegations of a coverup at the
CITES secretariat

karl ammann

a fairy tale of ivory:
the ongoing tragedy of
incompetence, slaughter,
and lawlessness.
karl ammann and others

for details see this
transcript with NBouke.
karl ammann and others

the Rhino & the Bling - the
inside mechanics of the
rhino horn trade.
karl ammann

karl's latest elephant
poaching video

Millions spent on ape
conservation and where
are the results?

karl ammann

an interview with Karl
on the state of conservation,
poaching, trafficking
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Where Did All
the Tigers Go?

karl ammann

the detailed report on
The Cairo Connection:
Ape Trafficking

karl ammann

the updated report on
The Cairo Connection:
Ape Trafficking in Egypt

karl ammann

Tiger, Lion bones
and rhino horn

another piece in Swara

karl ammann

Tiger cake & rhino horn
from Swara, a magazine of the
East African Wildlife Society

karl ammann

Into the Asian Underworld
in Africa Geograpic's
Rhino Watch
(page 3)
karl ammann

karl speaks at Foreign
Correspondents' Club of
Thailand - International
Trade in Reptile Skins

rhino versus ape

karl ammann

the rhino horn story
at consumer end
karl ammann

the latest horrors of
Poaching in
karl ammann

addendums to
elephants and elephant
conservation in the DRC

karl ammann

Our reptile skin trade
is now online.

Rhino Files: 333 rhinos
killed by poachers in
barbaric fashion

karl ammann
bernadette cook

Cites and the diplomatic
approach: these videos
say it does not work

karl ammann

Karl wins another
Genesis award

notes on Orang conservation
in Kalimantan - a sad story

errol pietersen

despite illegally held apes
CITES action minimal

karl ammann

asia geographic on
illegal wildlife trade

dale peterson
karl amman

africa geographic
reports on karl's
smuggling studies

karl ammann

Karl's German site

of interest

karl nominated for
zoological society medal

'Canned hunting': the
lions bred for slaughter

The Guardian

Seven rhinos killed ...
Kenya's bloodiest week

The Guardian

Forestry Education info
chase g

Not on Animal Planet
karl ammann

2010 Bili-Uere Update
karl ammann

more on wildlife
trafficking from Boten -
bears, leopard, tiger cubs

karl ammann

"horrific slaughter of
elephants ... butchered
in the Central African
Republic ... "

from BBC Newsnight

HIV ignored in Natl
Geographic article on
disease transmission

karl ammann

The Protein Gap
A misleading article

karl ammann

Mass Gorilla Execution
Can we learn from it?

karl ammann

Hundreds of Elephants
killed in DRC Park

from radio Okapi

Hunting Report take
on Chimp escape

karl ammann

US Wildlife Agency
provides a bandaid

karl ammann

open letter to CITES
re: wildlife export

karl ammann

important books

elephant reflections
dale peterson
karl ammann

eating apes
dale peterson
karl ammann

consuming nature
anthony rose
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The Greenpeace Evaluation of CIB

To all at Greenpeace:

I have had a quick read through the draft report and will comment in more detail in the margins of it. However I have one pretty general and more principle problem with it. I see it badly flawed in what it is trying to achieve.

The first few sections make it clear that Greenpeace accepts that in the case of Congo Brazzaville one is dealing with a dysfunctional government and that in this context nothing much has changed since independence.

There are a wide range of World Bank and other studies out there making the point that with dysfunctional governments you do not get functional extractive industries - meaning real socio economic development on the back of these industries.

While the existing FSC criteria might mean something in places like Finland or Canada, they are clearly not dealing with some of the key issues when it comes to governance in places like Central Africa. The end result might be that despite a certification an operator like CIB will have an overall negative impact on poverty alleviation.

While CIB might pay its taxes, what guarantees are they that the same funds will not be used the next day to buy helicopter gun ships to hammer the people in the Pool or finance the wedding of another Sassou daughter, this time to young Kabila??

CIB might comply with criteria concering FSC and be within the law but what does that mean in the context of an overall lawless country?

This report makes again clear that the supposedly public information on shareholders and directors of a registered company is indeed not public information. While Greenpeace was provided with some documents, if anything they have thrown up even more questions concerning ownership of the company. However what is clear is that CIB and the government have the same interest to keep some of this info hidden. But it is the government which infringes on the law and not CIB (when CIB filed the case against Retted den Regenwald and the lawyers asked Dr. Stoll to produce evidence that he was indeed representing CIB, he immediately produced a document from the registrar of companies in Ouesso confirming that he was still president. This after tt-Timber stating over and over that Dr. Stoll had resigned).

The same with Dr. Stoll's early rejection of the FSC process on the basis that it was 'contradictory'. That CIB could not give any kind of preferential treatment to any of the original inhabitants of the region. The reason: The government did not want him to and had deported the previous owner of the company because of it. So again the government ignores the supposedly wide range of international conventions they have signed and CIB hides behind the dysfunctional government.

Joseph's case was another clear cut illustration of the above.

Unless a formula can be found whereby the FSC criteria can be extended to ensure that FSC extraction of timber actively helps establish good governance the end result of FSC extraction might still be a country poorer than it was before.

Then there is another issue of principle which is not being addressed:

CIB has been logging these forests for 30 years and has pulled out millions of cubic meters of timber and hundreds of millions of dollars have been earned with this timber.

They have admitted in interviews that the bush meat trade inside the concession was totally out of control until about 8 years ago when WCS had to step in.

We know from various reports that what has been happening to the minority groups in the concession, until recently, was barely short of serious human rights violations.

We know that the CIB tax payments have not really resulted in socio economic development in the region in general or the country as a whole.

Now 30 years later Greenpeace and some others seems to be saying, once they get an FSC certificate this will represent a new start. In any other context there would be screams for: "Wiedergutmachung". Who are we to grant this amnesty. Has Greenpeace consulted the local people on this issue?

Dr. Stoll has been lecturing for years under the heading "Ein Ja zum Tropenholz". For the last decade he has hardly written a letter in which does not seem to have mentioned CIB's close collaboration with the 'Worlds oldest Conservation Organization". I have very little doubt that any endorsement of the CIB operation - whatever the caveats- will be interpreted by him and the tt-Timber propaganda team as an endorsement of industrial logging of the remaining primary rain forests. If the consumer was confused before, this approach to certification will only add to the problem. Endorsement of one logging operation will easily be interpeted as an endorsment of the ' the good, the bad, the ugly'.

So clearly Greenpeace has ended up in a situation whereby they either join Dr. Stoll with : "Ein Ja zum Tropenholz", or reevaluate Russ Mittermeier of CI's position: The endorsing of industrial logging of the remaining primary rain forests, by any conservation organization, is absurd.

Best regards
Karl Ammann

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