We are a group of concerned scientists. We care about our natural environment and keep a critical eye on all matters related to environmental change. Admittely, our main passion is forests and biodiversity. 

After a longer while of silence we are back. Yes. We are. 2022 is like spring season. So many things are happening. So many things are going awry. COVID is kind of endemic now. War in Ukraine. Global energy crisis. Climate change. Biodiversity crisis. Deforestation crisis. Food crisis. etc etc etc. So many things need to be documented. And now, the CoPs are back. Climate change CoP in November. CITES CoP also in November. Biodiversity CoP in December...Hence, we resume with the blogging. Or at least, we give it yet another try.

--28 October 2022--

Blogs, year 2024 

Message in a Capsule #7 "CITES postpones Madagascar’s ‘domestic’ trade in rosewood and ebony and establishes consultative group to protect the remaining trees and prevent illegal international trade" (11 February) 

Blogs, year 2023 

precious trees (6 November)

regulating cocaine (16 January)

Message in a Capsule #6 "Risks of national precious woods trade" (7 November) 

Blogs, year 2022 

CITES seizures (29 October)

signature campaign (28 October)

letter to CITES (28 October)

Message in a Capsule...are short and punchy contributions directed at specific types of actors...

Message in a Capsule #1 "Dangerous conservation precedent" (15 November)

Message in a Capsule #2  "Make sure to follow through with the Action Plan" (17 November)

Message in a Capsule #3  "Secure the Rosewood Stockpiles" (19 November)

Message in a Capsule #4  "Madagascar's forests are unique" (21 November)

Message in a Capsule #5 "Madagascar Rosewood Task Force needed" (22 November)

Older stuff, "COVID years"

Blog 1: rosewood

Blog 3: earth crisis

Blog 4: oilpalm

Blog 5: human affair