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Illegal logging and the international trade in illegally logged timber is a major problem for many timber-producing countries in the developing world. It causes environmental damage, costs governments billions of dollars in lost revenue, promotes corruption, undermines the rule of law and good governance and funds armed conflict. It retards sustainable development in some of the poorest countries of the world. Consumer countries contribute to these problems by importing timber and wood products without ensuring that they are legally sourced. In recent years, however, producer and consumer countries alike have paid increasing attention to illegal logging.
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New Chatham House paper
A recent paper by Duncan Brack considers the interaction between the WTO and consumer country measures aimed at controlling the trade in illegal logging, such as the EUTR, the FLEGT licensing system, the US Lacey Act, the Australian Illegal Logging Act, and public procurement policies. Read 'Combating Illegal Logging: Interaction with WTO Rules'.