Illegal logging is fundamentally an environmental crime which, when perpetrated, must involve a large measure of corruption, for it’s not hidden in the shadows, but conducted in broad daylight and...
Ending Global Deforestation: Policy Options for Consumer Countries
- Efforts to tackle illegal logging and improve forest governance over the past ten years have included measures aimed at excluding illegal timber from consumer-country markets, including public procurement policy, bilateral agreements introducing licensing systems, and legal and company due diligence requirements;
- Clearance for agriculture is a far more significant global driver of deforestation, and consumer countries similarly provide markets for exports of illegal and unsustainable agricultural commodities; the main EU imports of commodities associated with deforestation are palm oil, soy, beef and leather, and cocoa;
- The report considers the feasibility of applying the same kind of consumer-country measures that have been used with effect to exclude illegal timber to agricultural commodity supply chains;
- Measures considered include public procurement policy, differential tariffs, other government regulations (such as biofuels), bilateral agreements, requirements on companies, due diligence in finance and investment, and working with the private sector.
Assessing illegal logging
Chatham House is assessing the scale and effectiveness of the response to illegal logging and the related trade around the world. Full details of this work, including analysis and data, will be available online soon.