Crime Groups Control Logging Industries in Tropical Countries

Between 50 to 90 percent of logging activities in tropical countries are done by criminal organizations, according to the United Nations Environment Programme.

The areas where organized crime groups have a strong presence in the logging industry is in the Amazon basin, Central Africa and South East Asia.

Source:  Achim Steiner, “Opening Statement of the Executive Director of UNEP,” Sixteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, March 3, 2013.