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Vol 7 (AAC) No 2

Published 1st December 2013


Talks on illegal timber

China, the largest buyer of illegal timber, is working with the European Union and African governments to improve the global forestry trade

Governments from three continents have launched an unprecedented cooperative effort against the illegal forestry trade in Africa. Officials from Africa, Asia and Europe discussed ways to crack down on the illegal trade of timber and forest products at a workshop in Beijing on 30-31 October. China’s total trade in forest products in 2012 was valued at around US$53 billion, according to data from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation. A report from the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), a non-profit organisation based in London, revealed last year that China is the single largest consumer of imported illegal timber.

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