Illegal Logging Trade Decimates Forests


A new report from the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and Interpol says that illegal logging accounts for up to 30 percent of the global logging trade, and contributes to more then 50 percent of tropical deforestation in Central Africa, the Amazon Basin and South East Asia.

Logging destruction in Congo-Kinshasa.

  • Liberia:  Over 60 Percent of Liberia's Rain Forest Offered to Logging Companies

    Heritage, 4 September 2012

    "They stole my name." That is one of the few explanations Paramount Chief Kaifa Manjo can offer to the dozens of men who had crammed into the back of a shop in Tawalata Town ... read more »

  • Liberia:  Notorious Malaysian Company Surfaces in Liberia

    The Inquirer, 25 September 2012

    A comprehensive investigation by this paper has unearthed that a notorious Malaysian logging company (Samling) has surfaced in Liberia as a business partner to a Liberian logging ... read more »

  • Tanzania:  Illegal Logging Costs the Nation in Revenue

    Tanzania Daily News, 24 September 2012

    FOR years now, Tanzania has been named as one of the countries in the world losing millions of revenue due to increasingly smuggling and illegal business of forest products. read more »

  • Liberia:  Logging Loophole - Selling Off the Forest

    ThinkAfricaPress, 7 September 2012

    Anthony Kamara stands at the end of a long mud road rendered all but impassable by heavy logging equipment. In a vast expanse cut from the forest around him, he's surrounded by ... read more »

  • Liberia:  Secret Logging Contracts Uncovered in Liberia

    The NEWS, 5 September 2012

    A new report released by Global Witness in collaboration with two Liberian human rights organizations has uncovered how "secret logging contracts" have been awarded in an illegal ... read more »

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