Illegal logging by Asian-owned enterprises in Guyana, South America

14 Feb 2008
Janette Bulkan and John Palmer


A 2007 policy issued by the State Forestry Administration in Beijing to Chinese companies engaged in overseas afforestation / forest plantations does not yet seem to have influenced Chinese overseas companies which are logging in natural tropical forest. This paper summarises the persistent forest crimes of Malaysian-, Singaporean- and Chinese-owned companies in Guyana, South America. Although the total timber volumes are small in terms of global trade, the volumes and values are significant for small countries with weak local industries and weaker standards of governance.