Money Laundering in Peru

The Attorney General of Peru stated that $10 Billion in illicit funds was laundered in the country in 2012, double the estimated $5 Billion that was laundered in 2011.  The money laundering activity that takes place in Peru accounts for 3.5 percent of the country’s GDP. (Additional money laundering techniques.) One new black market crime… Continue reading Money Laundering in Peru

Illegal Logging in the Amazon between 2011 and 2012

Based on satellite images from environmental agencies, Brazilian based NGO Imazon reports that 78 percent of logging that took place between August 2011 and July 2012 was illegal. Nearly 122,337 hectares of rainforest in Brazil was illegally logged during the time frame. The amount of illegal logging that took place was 151 percent higher than… Continue reading Illegal Logging in the Amazon between 2011 and 2012

Illegal Logging and Bribes in Peru

The World Bank estimates that up to 80 percent of the timber that is exported from Peru has been cut down illegally. According to environmental protection officials, corruption and bribery by officials in Peru contribute to the illegal logging activities. In a report by the New York Times, one prosecutor of environmental crimes was quoted… Continue reading Illegal Logging and Bribes in Peru

Illegal Logger Salary in the Philippines

Organized crime syndicates in the Philippines reportedly pay loggers $344 (15,000 Philippine Pesos) per month to illegally cut down trees. The loggers must bring their own food and supplies and camps at the logging site. According to criminal justice officials in the Philippines, there are around 20 syndicates that organize illegal logging activities in the… Continue reading Illegal Logger Salary in the Philippines

Marijuana Cultivation in Nigeria Leads to Deforestation

Half of the deforestation activities that took place in 9 forest reserves in Nigeria between 2010 and 2012 were due to marijuana cultivation. According to a survey conducted by the Southwest/Niger Delta Forest Project, cannabis growers in the region can earn over 2 to 3 times more money that they would have earned though food… Continue reading Marijuana Cultivation in Nigeria Leads to Deforestation

Illegal Logs Seized by Myanmar Authorities

Between April 2011 and June 2013, environmental authorities seized over 69,600 tons of logs that were illegally logged, according to the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry. Large portions of the illegally logged timber in Myanmar is transported to China. Source:  “Myanmar’s authorities seize nearly 70K tons of illegal logs: ministry,” Eleven Myanmar, July 20,… Continue reading Illegal Logs Seized by Myanmar Authorities

Illegal Logging Cases in the Arkhangelsk Region

Forest inspectors in the Arkhangelsk region of Russia conducted over 6,000 raids in 2012 and identified 359 illegal logging cases. The value of the illegal timber that was cut down was estimated to be worth $12 Million (410.5 Million Russian Rubles). In order to avoid authorities, “black loggers” conduct their logging activities at night, where… Continue reading Illegal Logging Cases in the Arkhangelsk Region

Value of Illegal Logging in East Asia and the Pacific

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimates that the value of logging traded out of East Asia and the Pacific that was unlicensed is worth $17 Billion. The amount of the illegal logging trade in the region makes up to 30 to 40 percent of all timber and wood products exported. Source:  “Transnational… Continue reading Value of Illegal Logging in East Asia and the Pacific

Mongolian Oak Exports From Russia to China

An investigation by the WWF-Russia reports that half of the Mongolian oak that was cut down in Russia and shipped to China in 2010 was illegally logged. In 2007 and 2008, the illegal timber was four times as large as the legitimate trade. In 2011, there were a reported 691 cases of illegal logging in… Continue reading Mongolian Oak Exports From Russia to China

Crime Groups Control Logging Industries in Tropical Countries

Between 50 to 90 percent of logging activities in tropical countries are done by criminal organizations, according to the United Nations Environment Programme. The areas where organized crime groups have a strong presence in the logging industry is in the Amazon basin, Central Africa and South East Asia. Source:  Achim Steiner, “Opening Statement of the… Continue reading Crime Groups Control Logging Industries in Tropical Countries