29 Jul '11, 3pm

Vietnam Army Plays Key Role In Illicit Laos Timber Trade, Report Says

29 Jul 2011: Vietnam Army a Key Player In Illicit Laos Timber Trade, Report Says A new report says that the Vietnamese military is playing a central role in a multi-billion dollar operation to smuggle illegally cleared timber from neighboring Laos . During a two-year investigation, EIA agents from the UK-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), posing as timber buyers, found that a ban on the export of raw timber from Laos is regularly flouted, with an estimated 500,000 cubic meters of logs being funneled to Vietnamese furniture factories each year. That trade is fueling Vietnam’s surging wood processing industry but poses a threat to millions of rural and indigenous people who depend upon those dwindling forests, the report says. And according to the report, Crossroads: The Illicit Timber Trade Between Laos and Vietnam , one of the biggest loggers in Laos is the Vi...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/digest/vietnam_army_a_key_player_in_...

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