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.
98 percent of illegal logging timber in Madagascar ends up in China’s furniture manufacturing industry.
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.
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.
Illegal logging provided around 30 million cubic meters of timber and wooden products made from illegally harvested wood into the European Union in 2006.
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
Illegal logging accounts for 48 percent of all timber imported into Vietnam.
Illegal logging accounts for up to 25 percent of timber imported into China.
Illegal logging in Nepal destroyed an estimated 100,000 hectares of forest in the first several months of 2010.
Illegal logging creates between 350 to 650 million cubic meters of industrial wood each year.