Deforestation Rate in Indonesia Highest in the World

A study published in Nature reported that the deforestation rate in Indonesia is the highest in the world. Between 2000 and 2012, Indonesia lost 6.02 million hectares of forest due to logging and other clearing activities. According to the researchers from the University of Maryland, up to 40 percent of the deforestation in Indonesia was… Continue reading Deforestation Rate in Indonesia Highest in the World

Number of Cambodian Loggers Killed by Thai Security Forces

According to media reports, security agents in Thailand killed at least 69 loggers from Cambodia in 2013 who were attempting to illegally cut down timber in Thailand. The rate of violence between loggers and security and environmental protection officials in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar have increased in recent years due to the demand… Continue reading Number of Cambodian Loggers Killed by Thai Security Forces

Illegal Logging in Romania

Between 1982 to 2012, an estimated 80 million cubic meters of wood was illegally logged in Romania, according to the Minister Delegate for Water and Forests. The illegal logging activities caused $6.8 Million (€5 Billion) in damage. From 2007 to 2012, the rate of the illegal logging in Romania doubled, with illegal logging now occurring… Continue reading Illegal Logging in Romania

Illegal Logging in Mozambique

According to international experts, $250 Million worth of timber is illegally logged in Mozambique each year. The amount of timber that is illegally cut down in the country accounts for nearly two-thirds of all logging activities in Mozambique. Between 2000 and 2012, over two million hectares of forest has been cut down in Mozambique. (More… Continue reading Illegal Logging in Mozambique

Illegal Logging in Laos

Illegal logging activities was the top economic related crime in Laos in 2013, according to media reports. Out of a total of 559 fraud or economic related crimes reported in Laos, 257 cases were related to illegal logging, or 46 percent of all cases. During the investigations, security services seized 671,000 cubic meters of processed… Continue reading Illegal Logging in Laos

Corruption at Indonesia Forest Ministry

According to a survey conducted by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in Indonesia, the Forest Ministry is viewed as being the most corrupt institution in the country.  The Commission found that illegal loggers buying logging permits through bribes were the most common form of corruption in the ministry. Government data shows that 16 percent of… Continue reading Corruption at Indonesia Forest Ministry

Illegal Logger Salary in Madagascar

Illegal loggers are smuggling out the bois de rose tree out of Madagascar to meet high demand for the timber. The bois de rose tree are popular in international markets due to its natural ruby colored hue within the wood. One illegal logging group leader stated that he pays his loggers $1.33 for each kilogram… Continue reading Illegal Logger Salary in Madagascar

Losses to Illegal Logging in Myanmar

The Myanmar Timber Merchants Association reports that its members lose up to $200 Million per year in revenue due to illegal logging activities. The timber is illegally cut down and exported to China. According to environmental security officials, the areas were illegally logging are highly active is in the Kachina and Shan states that are… Continue reading Losses to Illegal Logging in Myanmar

Timber Smuggled into Vietnam

Environmental activists estimate that up to 80 percent of the timber that is processed in Vietnam was smuggled into the country from Cambodia and Laos. It is also alleged that the Vietnamese military assists in the smuggling of illegal timber. The amount timber estimated to be smuggled into Vietnam in 2013 was higher than the… Continue reading Timber Smuggled into Vietnam

Illegal Logging and Corruption Impact in Indonesia

A report released by Human Rights Watch (HRW) states that the Indonesian government has lost over $7 Billion in revenue from 2007 to 2011 due to illegal logging activities and government corruption. In 2011 alone, the estimated lost revenue was over $2 Billion, which HRW stated is more than the government’s entire budget for the… Continue reading Illegal Logging and Corruption Impact in Indonesia