Illegal Logging

News, information and statistics about illegal logging and the destruction of forests. Data about the illegal timber trade is collected from various wildlife charities, environmental protection agencies and other criminal justice information.

Illegal logging and deforestation in Indonesia has reduced the orangutan population in the country by 80 percent over the last ten years.  Currently, there are about 60,000 orangutans left in Indonesia.


Illegal logging causes 70 percent of a tree trunk to be wasted by loggers in Liberia.


According to the World Bank, the rate of illegal logging in Bolivia is 80 percent.



According to Brazil’s Environment Minister, the top 100 companies and organizations to conduct illegal logging activities in the Amazon cut down the equivalent of 160,000 soccer fields between 2005 and 2008.


Illegal logging activities in New Zealand creates losses of $222 Million (266 Million New Zealand Dollars) a year to the timber industry. The pulp, panel and paper industries lose the majority of the revenue, with $170 Million (203 New Zealand Dollars) lost to illegal logging.

(More environmental crime statistics.)


Companies in the United States lose at least $460 million each year as world prices are depressed between 7 -16 percent by the availability of illegal logging products.

(Value of the world black market.)


1.5 million tonnes of timber worth $350 million was smuggled into China from Myanmar’s teak forests in 2006 from illegal logging activities.