With rampant illegal logging, vague logging concession boundaries and massive blocks of pristine forest destined for the chainsaw, how do you avoid an ecological disaster?
WWF is defending forests and people in several ways, including through an unexpected ally – the timber industry itself.
Wood product consumers around the world are exerting huge pressure on tropical forests. To meet this demand, vast quantities of timber products from the Congo Basin and elsewhere are being imported into Japan, China, the US and European nations.
As Central Africa strives towards economic and social development, the need for hard cash is bringing more logging concessions into the forests. If left unchecked, these threaten to deplete vital resources without reducing poverty.