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Illegal and Irresponsible Logging

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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)