Illegal logging is still a widespread plague, Clatham House reports
According to the latest Chatham House report, illegal logging still represents an actual threat for the global environment.
In 2013, the volume of illegal timber imports was estimated 60 million m3, almost the level of a decade ago, accounting for 10% of total timber trade.
The report highlights the effort made by industrialised countries like the UK, France and the Netherlands to tackle uncontrolled deforestation, but at the same it claims how surging demand in China, India, South Korea and Vietnam is driving a resurgence in illicit logging. Just to give an idea, the volume of illegal timber shipped to China, India and Vietnam increased 50% between 2006 and 2013.
Regarding the producing countries, in DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo) the level of illegal logging is estimated to be over 90%, in Papua New Guinea 70%, in Laos 80%.