As consumers, we are driving the timber industry to keep on supplying the market with products from ever-shrinking forests.
The forests of New Guinea are no exception. Reports state that 70% of the total volume of timber that leaves Papua Province, Indonesia each year is illegal. A lot of this timber makes its way to China, and part of it is processed into flooring for European markets.
You can buy timber products and protect Papua's forests. Look for products that are certified with the "FSC" symbol - a proof of responsibly sourced wood. Find out more here: WWF Good Wood guide
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But global demand for rare and exotic pets fuels much of the illegal collection and smuggling from places such as New Guinea.
Find out some of the New Guinea species at risk from trade and do the right thing - do not buy them. Their real home are the forests.
Find out about species at risk from trade in Southeast Asia
Download this brochure to find out what you can do, see, eat and live in this incredible part of the world, while making sure that your travel impact is a positive one - for you, the local people and the ecosystems they rely on.