Illegal and Irresponsible Logging
Illegal logging is major threat to the world’s forests, and to the biodiversity and people they support. It destroys wildlife habitats, increases greenhouse-gas emissions and depletes the natural resources that more than a billion of the world’s poorest people depend on.
The EU is one of the world’s largest importers and consumers of timber and wood-based products like paper and furniture. It’s also been a leader in tackling illegal and unsustainable logging, through two important policies:
- The EU Timber Regulation, which makes businesses in the EU responsible for checking the timber products they sell don’t come from illegal sources
- The Forest Law and Environmental Governance (FLEGT) Action Plan, which aims to improve governance in the forestry sector in countries with illegal and unsustainable logging.
We’re working to make these initiatives as effective as possible and to ensure that only legal and sustainable timber is traded and sold in Europe.
Senior Forest Policy Officer
WWF European Policy Office,
+32 2 740 09 22