The Jakarta Post reports that a laboratory study of books purchased in the United States, and originating in Indonesia, has found that some contain the protected Ramin tree. Ramin trees have been protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) since 2003. And the Indonesian government has banned all exports of ramin products.
The study was completed by the World Resources Institute and included in a new report by Greenomics Indonesia titled, Surprise, But No Surprise: Protected Tree Species Find Their Way Into Indonesia Pulp and Paper Products.
The Executive Summary begins,
The recent finding by the World Resources Institute (WRI) that Indonesian pulp and paper products exported to the United States contain Ramin fibers, a protected tree species, means that all those who produce, handle and trade in such products are liable to criminal sanctions under the United States' Lacey Act.What's in YOUR paper?