illegal logging News

  • Government responds to report on illegal logging

    The Rudd Government has taken another step towards implementing its election promise to combat illegal logging. The Centre for International Economics (the CIE) today released its final report to inform the government's Regulation Impact Statement for the proposed new policy on illegally-logged timber. Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Tony Burke said the Rudd Government is ...


    By Australian Government

  • EU countries add to illegal logging trade

    Deforestation, a major contributor to climate change, is still rampant globally and European Union countries are guilty of compounding the problem according to a new WWF report. Almost one-fifth of wood imported into the European Union in 2006 came from illegal or suspected illegal sources, with Russia, Indonesia and China being the main sources according to the report - Illegal Wood for the ...


    By WWF UK

  • Progress on Europe-wide ban on illegally-logged timber

    A ban on illegal timber entering the EU market has moved a step closer this week. Currently it is not against the law to sell timber in the EU that was chopped down illegally in its country of origin. However, the Council of the EU has signalled its approval for legislation that will close this loophole by putting a ban on illegal timber entering the EU market. Environment ...

  • Commission unveils package to tackle illegal logging and deforestation

    The European Commission today unveiled two important initiatives to protect forests globally. The package comprises a legislative proposal to reduce the risk of illegal timber and timber products entering the EU market and a Communication setting out the Commission's proposals for tackling tropical deforestation. Illegal logging and deforestation have serious environmental implications, ...


    By European Commission

  • Top Peruvian foe of illegal logging brutally slain

    An outspoken Peruvian opponent of illegal logging and three other native Ashaninka community leaders were brutally slain in a remote region bordering Brazil, tribal authorities said Monday. The activist, Edwin Chota, had received frequent death threats from illegal loggers, who he had tried for years to expel from the lands for which his community ...


    By Associated Press

  • Russia plans timber tracking to control illegal logging

    By 2011 there will be a unified information system in operation in Russia for controlling timber circulation that may help the government combat illegal logging, according to a report in 'Russian Forestry Review' magazine. The new system was announced by Valery Roshchupkin, head of the Russian Ministry of Natural Resource's Federal Agency for Forestry, or Rosleskhoz, at a meeting of the ...

  • Illegal logging and road building threatens tigers and tribes of the heart of Sumatra

    Field investigations in central Sumatra have found that the home of two tribes of indigenous people and endangered elephants, tigers and orang-utans faces “being split in half” by the construction of “a legally questionable highway” for logging trucks servicing one of the world’s largest paper companies. The investigation, by WWF Indonesia and other scientific and conservation groups, also found ...


    By WWF UK

  • INTERPOL member countries continue fight against illegal logging in Latin America

    Nearly USD 40 million worth of timber has been seized in follow up investigations as part of INTERPOL's Operation Lead targeting illegal logging, forestcrimes and the criminal networks behind them. Building upon the initial outcomes of the operation, Costa Rica and Venezuela in particular haveincreased their efforts in the fight against illegallogging, confiscating 292,000 m3 of wood and wood ...

  • Saving the world`s forests: a technology revolution to curb illegal logging

    Our future is inextricably linked to forests. The social and economic benefits they provide are essential to realising a sustainable century. A key litmus test of our commitment to this future is our response to a growing, global threat: illegal logging and the criminal timber trade. Forests are vital source of biodiversity and livelihoods. More than 1.6 billion people depend on forests for their ...

  • UK Environment Minister Benn calls for tougher laws to tackle illegal logging

    Environment Secretary Hilary Benn will today (25 March) call for tougher European laws to tackle illegal logging. Mr Benn wants to make it an offence to import illegally produced timber into the European Union. Mr Benn said that the UK, as the world's fourth largest importer of timber, should lead by example when it comes to the timber Government buys. So from next week (1 April), under the ...

  • New Online Tool Supports Fight Against Illegal Logging

    The World Resources Institute (WRI) today announced the launch of the Forest Legality Risk Information Tool, an open-access global information website designed to assist purchasers of forest products in securing fiber from legal sources. The risk tool, a project of the Forest Legality Alliance, was partly funded by the Sustainable Forestry ...

  • An inside look at Latin America’s Illegal Logging – Part Two

    This post was co-authored with Eduardo Arenas Hernández Jr. and Ana Domínguez, who work for Reforestamos Mexico. This is the second post in a two-part series on illegal logging in Latin America, with key insights coming from the Forest Legality Alliance’s recent event, “ ...

  • An inside look at Latin America’s Illegal Logging – Part One

    This post was co-authored with Eduardo Arenas Hernández Jr. and Ana Domínguez, who work for Reforestamos Mexico. This is the first post in a two-part series on illegal logging in Latin America, with key insights coming from the Forest Legality Alliance’s recent event, “ ...

  • Illegal gold mining`s wasteland

    A decade of illegal gold mining has transformed large areas of virgin Peruvian rainforest into pocked, denuded, mercury-poisoned wastelands. Excavations to separate gold flecks from tons of earth have left holes big enough to swallow a half-dozen buses. Mercury, a neurotoxin used to bind the gold, pervades the local food chain, reaching humans through the fish they eat. The ruined lands scar the ...


    By Associated Press

  • CITES conference opens amid calls to combat overfishing, illegal logging and wildlife crime

    Aquatic and timber species top on the agenda, including sharks and rays Elephants, rhinos, polar bears, vicunas, freshwater turtles and many other plants and animals also under discussion. Top anti-crime officials meet to discuss integrated strategies to halt poaching and smuggling of most endangered animals and plants. Use of ...

  • Wood from illegal harvesting in EU markets estimated

    Illegal timber imports into the EU were between 8 and 18 million m³ in 2009, representing 6-13% of total imports, new research suggests. Although figures for illegal logging are associated with high uncertainties, the authors claim that these figures provide the best available estimates for policy and decision makers. Illegal logging is a worldwide problem, which exacerbates climate change ...

  • New rules on illegal timber come into force across EU

    New rules to prevent illegal timber being sold on the European market have come into force across the EU. The legislation will strengthen efforts to halt illegal logging which causes serious environmental damage and biodiversity loss and undermines the efforts of those trying to manage forests responsibly. The Regulation, which was first proposed by the Commission in 2008, was adopted by the EU ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • Environmental & industry groups commend new US ban on illegal wood imports

    The United States has taken the critical step of passing legislation banning the import, sale or trade of illegally-harvested wood and forest products. The new US benchmark measure will be key in addressing this far-reaching problem. The US Congress amended the US Lacey Act, a long-standing wildlife trafficking statute, to include trade in products made from illegally harvested wood. ...

  • Ivory and Illegal Timber Seized in INTERPOL-coordinated Operation across Africa

    More than 240 kg of elephant ivory and 856 timber logs have been seized and 660 people arrested during an INTERPOL-coordinated operation combating ivory trafficking and illegal logging across Southern and Eastern Africa. As part of INTERPOL's Project Wisdom and Project Leaf, the operation jointly targeted ivory smuggling and illegal logging, with smugglers often concealing ivory inside charcoal ...

  • EU and Indonesia sign historic deal to curb illegal timber

    Today the European Union and Indonesia signed a historic trade agreement which will contribute to halting the trade in illegal timber. Under the agreement, only verified legal timber and timber products will be exported to the EU. Indonesia is the first Asian country to enter into such an agreement, and by far the largest Asian timber exporter to the EU. European Environment Commissioner Janez ...

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