06 Apr '12, 2pm

Following the Money, and the Mafias, Behind Illegal Logging

European Pressphoto Agency An Indonesian police officer with illegally cut logs seized on a patrol near Tesso Nilo National Park in Riau Province in Indonesia. Endangered forests and plants don’t get quite as much public attention as endangered animals generally do. Last month the World Bank addressed that deficit by issuing a study , titled “Justice for Forests,” that candidly laid out the problems posed by a “global epidemic” of illegal logging. Every two seconds, the report estimates, an area of forest the size of a football field is clear-cut by illegal loggers. In some countries, as much as 90 percent of the logging that takes place is illegal. The criminal proceeds generated annually by illegal logging range from $10 billion to $15 billion, most of which is “controlled by organized crime, untaxed and used to pay corrupt government officials at all levels,” the report...

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