Organized Crime Behind Most Tropical Deforestation

Organized criminal trade worth billions of dollars is responsible for 50 to 90 percent of illegal logging in parts of the Amazon basin, Central Africa and Southeast Asia, with implications for deforestation, climate change and the well-being of indigenous people, according to a report released Thursday. Illegal logging is now worth $30 to $100 billion annually and accounts for 15 to 30 percent of the overall timber trade.

Thewhite paper was issued jointly by the United Nations Environment Programme and Interpol, and was presented at a conference on the subject took which place last week in Rome.

via SEJ

One important reason that laws and treaties can fail to achieve their goals is because too many people can profit by ignoring those laws.

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