Progress on addressing illegal logging in Cameroon has stalled since 2010. That’s one of the findings of a new report from the British think tank Chatham House. The report is one of the series of reports on illegal logging that Chatham House has produced in recent years.
In May 2010, the Norwegian Embassy in Jakarta posted a list of frequently asked questions on its website about the US$1 billion REDD deal with Indonesia. The last question is about illegal logging: “Will this program stop illegal logging in Indonesia?”
Sarawak is the ground zero of deforestation. More than 95% of Sarawak’s intact forest has gone. In 2010, Sarawak accounted for 25% of tropical log exports, despite the fact that only 0.5% of the world’s tropical forests are in Sarawak.
“Hongmu” is a style of intricately carved Chinese wooden furniture and artworks. It’s found on sale in glitzy shopping malls across mainland China. But behind the timber used to create this art form is a violent crime wave.
“Years of effort to halt illegal logging are finally showing signs of success. But in Indonesia, the Brazilian Amazon, the Congo Basin, and parts of West Africa, up to half of all timber is still illegally sourced.”