Timber is the world’s most valuable wildlife commodity in trade. The FAO estimated the total value of global exports of timber products in 2016 to be worth a staggering US$227 billion.
When managed legally and sustainably, timber trade can be an invaluable source of revenue to both local communities and entire nations. However, in certain countries, particularly those in Africa and South America, between 50 and 90% of timber is harvested and traded illegally. Government mismanagement, weak enforcement and corruption are all factors resulting in dangerous levels of deforestation, habitat loss and loss of revenue.
of sawnwood was exported globally in 2016
are in high consumer demand throughout China and neighbouring countries/territories
trees were illegally felled in Madagascar between 2010–2015
of Mozambique's timber exported to China in 2013 was generated through illegal logging
Unless a global, unrelenting push towards sustainable harvesting and trade in tree species is made right now, illegal logging could see the end of the world's most beautiful forestsChen Hin Keong, TRAFFIC's Timber trade Programme Leader
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