New Zealand

New Zealand

Forests cover almost 40% of New Zealand’s land area, of which 20% are primary forests. Since 2000, the area of forest has remained about the same (FAO, 2015). 

Illegal logging in New Zealand is not a significant problem, but the country does provide a market for illegal timber, albeit a relatively small one. The country is not a major importer of timber, with imports accounting for less than 1% of domestic consumption. However it was estimated in 2008 that over 10% of these imports were of questionable legality. In 2009, the government developed a policy on illegal logging, setting out its approach at the national, bilateral and multilateral levels (Ministry for Primary Industries, 2013).