20 Forest Rangers in the Philippines have been killed between from 2010 when a ban on logging was enacted and October 2012, according to the Philippine Government.
The United Nations Environment Programme and Interpol stated in September 2012 that illegal logging activities accounts for 30 percent of all woods traded globally.
Illegal logging activities in Tanzania is estimated to cut down up to 500,000 hectares of forest each year. The entire country has 33.5 million hectares of forest.
Between 2004 and 2005, up to $58 Million was lost to illegal logging in Tanzania due to corruption, according to Traffic International.
International Police Organization INTERPOL reported that the value of illegal logging in 2012 was worth over $30 Billion a year. The figure reported by INTERPOL is double the $15 Billion reported by the World Bank in March 2012.
INTERPOL stated that over $8 Billion worth of illegal logging activities takes place in Indonesia.
A report released by environmental group Global Witness states that up to one-quarter of all logging permits issued in Liberia within a two-year period were illegally granted.
An illegal logger told a reporter that he is able to make around $150 a month from illegally cutting down 10 trees in Zimbabwe.
Government officials estimate that illegal logging in the country causes several millions of dollars in lost tax revenue.
According to the Colombian Government’s Forest Sustainability Project, illegal logging activities in the country generates up to $200 Million a year. This is higher than the previously reported losses of $60 Million.
According to the World Bank, illegal logging in Peru generates profits of $72 Million a year for illegal loggers. Up to 80 percent of the country’s total timer exports are illegal logged. Sellers can earn up to $1,700 for an illegally cut mahogany tree and up to $1,000 for a cedar tree on the black market.
The United Nations Environment Programme reported that between 15 to 30 percent of the world’s timber supply is provided by illegal logging activities.
The World Bank estimated in a March 2012 report that illegal logging generates up to $15 Billion a year for criminal gangs involved in the activity. Illegal logging destroys forest land that size of a football field every 2 seconds around the world, according to the World Bank.