Illegal logging in the Baltic states
In Russia and the Baltic states, unlawful harvesting of timber and related criminal activities are causing losses to biodiversity, as well as to economy and society. The scale of illegal logging is dramatic—almost a third of timber logged in the north-west of Russia is considered illegal.
Big lossesRussia loses approximately 1 billion US dollars per year to illegal logging and trade, which in turn restricts money available for good harvesting practices, local communities and development.
Bad practices put wildlife in Russia's Boreal forests—such as the capercaillie, white-backed woodpecker, Siberian tiger and Far Eastern leopard—at high risk.
The problem of illegal logging in the new EU member states is still largely unrecognized, and yet uncontrolled and illegal harvesting damages both nature and local communities.