Forests: For Life!
Loggers with illegally cut, highly quoted cedro tree (Cedrela odorata) in the lowland rainforest along the Rio Las Piedras, Peru.
Butchered stumps lie in the trail of an illegal logging operation in lowland rainforest, near the Alto Purus Reserved Zone, Madre de Dios, Peru.
A global problem with considerable environmental, social and financial impacts, illegal logging is a multi-million dollar industry going on in over 70 countries - from Brazil to Canada, Cameroon to Indonesia, and from Peru to Russia. This hugely profitable activity is fuelled by high demand for timber in the EU zone and in countries like Japan and the US, and in emerging economies such as China.
In its wake lie damaged forests, reduced populations of threatened species and sometimes forest communities dispossessed of their traditional land rights.
In order to combat illegal logging and improve the management of valuable and threatened forests, WWF has initiated the Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN).