Illegal logging, timber laundering and the global illegal timber trade

Inga Carry, Günther Maihold
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#Agriculture and food
#East Asia and Pacific
#Environment and climate change
#EU / Western Europe
#Sustainability standards
#Latin America

Deforestation claims an estimated 10 million hectares each year (FAO 2020). Today’s global demand for timber products1 simply cannot be met by legal, sustainable forestry anymore. The competition for cheap wood products on the global timber market has become a major driver of illegal deforestation and the global illegal timber trade. This article focuses on activities related to the licensing, harvesting, processing and trading of timber products inconsistent with international, national or subnational law at any point in the supply chain.

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