Forest Crime File: Illegal Logging in Cameroon

Publication - 15 December, 2005
In 2004 France was the largest market in the EU for imports of African tropical hardwood primary products, accounting for 817,000m3, to the value of 256 million euro.1 France imports timber and timber products from countries, such as Congo Brazzaville, Cameroon, Gabon, Ivory Coast and the Democratic Republic of Congo, where corruption is rampant and illegal logging is a serious problem. This timber is logged in countries like Cameroon, where forest destruction generates widespread social conflicts and has a severe impact on biodiversity. In recent years, a number of official reports published by the Cameroonian Government and the World Bank have revealed the widespread nature of illegal activities within Cameroon’s logging industry

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