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Illegal and Irresponsible Logging

Illegal logging contributes heavily to the destruction of biodiversity and the impoverishment of millions of people that depend on forests for food and income. Madre de Dios, Peru.
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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:

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.

Illegal wood in the European Union

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    Approximately 23 per cent of the wood products imported in the EU are estimated to come from “from countries with a high or moderate risk of illegal logging.

    (source: EU report)