Latest Illegal logging Stories

2009-01-19 15:05:58

Govenrment officials said on Monday that logging must stop on nearly 13 million hectares of forest in the Democratic Republic of Congo, after a government review canceled nearly 60 percent of the vast country's timber contracts. The Congo is home to the second largest tropical forest in the world after the Amazon. A long-delayed review of 156 logging deals aimed at stamping out corruption in the sector and enforcing minimum legal and environmental standards has finally been completed, Reuters...

2008-12-01 07:45:00

Brazilian officials say the destruction of the Amazon rainforest has accelerated for the first time in four years; the government said the figure could have been a lot worse if it had not taken action against illegal logging. In recent years the Brazilian government has been able to celebrate three successive falls in deforestation. But satellite images show 11,968 sq km of land was cleared this year, nearly 4% higher than the year before, according to the National Institute for Space...

2008-10-29 14:56:06

Logging companies have their eye on new U.S. legislation that intends to stop illegal logging in an effort to save the world's forests. The new law requires companies to declare the country of origin as well as the genus and species of any wood or other plant material they import. "The intent was good, but I think it lacked many practical features that something of this magnitude ought to have," said Jon Kent, a lobbyist for the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America,...

2008-10-16 08:10:00

Under growing international pressure, Brazilian authorities are increasingly turning to intelligence and technology to help fight the country's illegal drug activities.  Several weeks ago, Brazilian police arrested the pilot of a Colombian drug-smuggling plane minutes after it landed at a small clandestine airstrip in the vast Amazon rainforest. A high-tech spy plane circling thousands of feet above the earth had guided authorities to the plane, in which police found and confiscated 661...

2008-07-02 15:00:25

ARLINGTON, Va., July 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A progress report issued today by the independent non-profit Sustainable Forestry Initiative(R) (SFI) shows tremendous growth in the forest certification program, reflecting a rapidly expanding desire by companies, markets and consumers for responsible forest management and products. The SFI program is one of the largest and most widely accepted forest certification programs in the world, and is backed by strict labeling requirements that are...

2008-06-19 12:00:33

WASHINGTON, June 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United States Congress approved landmark legislation last night to address the global illegal logging crisis. The U.S. becomes the first country in the world to prohibit the import, sale or trade of illegally harvested wood and wood products. "The world's biggest consumer nation has sent a message that will be heard from forest to retail shelf: the United States' doors are now closed to products made from illegal wood," said Alexander von...

2008-03-20 01:20:00

A report from two environmental groups found that Vietnam's illegal logging is threatening some of the last intact forests in South-East Asia. The report from UK-based Environmental Investigation Agency and Indonesia's Telapak says that increasing raw timber prices has caused some countries to attempt to thwart illegal logging. However, while the problem subsides in one country, it rises in another, a situation authors call "Ëœprogress undermined by corruption.' "Over the last...

2008-02-26 13:40:00

160 elite Brazilian troops were sent to join with hundreds of police officers in the Amazon to combat illegal deforestation activity. The move comes on the heels of clashes last week in the state of Para between local workers and environmentalists in Tailandia, a town with a population of around 67,000. During the quarrel, more than 2,000 protesters blocked roads and forced inspectors out of the town before their work was completed.Tailandia was established 19 years ago. Since then, an...

2007-12-15 10:45:00

BALI, Indonesia -- Delegates at a U.N. climate conference have agreed to include forest conservation in any future discussions about a new global warming pact, paving the way for billions of dollars in new spending to attack illegal logging, officials said. With deforestation making up 20 percent of global emissions, world governments are desperate to find a solution to a problem that has been fueled by rising demand for timber and palm oil, widespread corruption and endemic poverty. The...

2006-09-05 21:10:00

By Andrea Welsh BRASILIA, Brazil -- Huge tracts of Brazil's Amazon rainforest were cleared legally and illegally in the past year, but the rate of deforestation slowed, the country's environment minister said on Tuesday. It was the second year in a row that the pace of the destruction of the world's largest tropical rainforest declined. Booming demand for farm exports caused land-clearing to peak in 2004. A slowdown in farming-driven deforestation and a crackdown on illegal logging may have...

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