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.

From January to the end of October 2010, there were 2,463 incidents of illegal logging activities across the country of Vietnam.  During the course of investigating these incidents, 44 forest rangers were injured and 4 people were killed.

Source: “Illegal logging rampant in country: ministry,” Viet Nam News, November 1, 2010.

98 percent of illegal logging timber in Madagascar ends up in China’s furniture manufacturing industry.

Source: Richard Black, “Million-dollar beds fuel Madagascar timber crisis,” BBC News, October 26, 2010.

The United States, Japan, United Kingdom, France, and the Netherlands purchased 11.7 million cubic meters of timber worth $8.4 Billion that was cut down by illegal logging activities in 2008.

Source: AFP, “Illegal logging of tropical forests in decline: study,” Google News, July 15, 2010.

Illegal logging declined worldwide by 22 percent in 2010 when compared to 2002, according to London based Chatham House.

In the time period, Indonesia saw declines in illegal logging of 75 percent, and Cameroon saw declines of 50 percent.

However, illegal logging is so prevalent in Indonesia that in 2010, even with the 75 percent decline, illegal logging in Indonesia still consists of 40 percent of all timber harvest.

(Complete list of black market activities worldwide.)

Source: Richard Black, “Major decline seen in illegal logging,” BBC News, July 15, 2010.

Illegal logging provided around 30 million cubic meters of timber and wooden products made from illegally harvested wood into the European Union in 2006.

19 percent of the imports were illegally harvested with most of the unauthorized logging taking place in Indonesia and Russia.

Source: AFP, “Europe bans illegal timber to protect forests,” Google News, July 7, 2010.

Source: Liz Gooch, “Malaysian Loggers Try to Improve Their Image,” New York Times, April 9, 2010.

Illegal logging provides between 20 to 40 percent of the world’s industrial wood production, according to the United Nations.

This equals to 350 million to 650 million cubic meters of timber that was cut down by illegal logging.

Source: AFP, “Europe bans illegal timber to protect forests,” Google News, July 7, 2010.

Illegal logging accounts for 48 percent of all timber imported into Vietnam.

Source: UNODC, “The Globalization of Crime,” Chapter 7: Environmental Resources, June 2010.

Illegal logging accounts for up to 25 percent of timber imported into China.

Source: UNODC, “The Globalization of Crime,” Chapter 7: Environmental Resources, June 2010.

Illegal logging in Nepal destroyed an estimated 100,000 hectares of forest in the first several months of 2010.

Source: AFP, “Nepal bans logging for two months,” Google News, June 18, 2010.

Illegal logging creates between 350 to 650 million cubic meters of industrial wood each year.

Source: Mark Kinver, “EU set to ban illegal timber from 2012,” BBC News, June 17, 2010.