Logging: The Silent Crisis

A two year Greenpeace investigation has confirmed that logging in the Amazon is still out of control and often taking a predatory form.

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Logging: The Silent Crisis

A two year Greenpeace investigation has confirmed that logging in the Amazon is still out of control and often taking a predatory form. Governance in the timber sector in the Brazilian Amazon is weak and open to exploitation, allowing criminals launder illegal timber as legal with official documentation. It is estimated that in Para State the largest producer and exporter of timber in Brazil, 78% of logging occurring there is illegal. Greenpeace investigated specific cases of the sector’s systemic crime and found links between cases of fraud and the global marketplace. The United States is the largest importer of Brazilian timber and companies like Lumber Liquidators, the country’s largest national hardwood flooring retailer, has purchased wood from exporters that have bought wood from saw mills that have processed laundered timber.

This investigation below discusses the Brazilian timber sector today and explains how the system is designed to fail and easily defrauded. Then the investigation illustrates on five emblematic case studies of timber laundering on a massive scale that until recently have flown under the radar. The investigation then follows the timber from the forest to the saw mill to the exporter to the USA, European Union, and Israel where valuable Amazon timber varieties like Ipe are utilized for walkways, piers, hardwood flooring, decking, and siding.

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Full Report: The Amazon's Silent Crisis

INTRODUCTION TIMBER: The Amazon's Silent Crisis

LOGGING REGULATION IN BRAZIL: 5 Common Ways to Launder 

CASE STUDY 1: Virola-Jatobá Sustainable Development Project

CASE STUDY 2: Agropecuária Vitória Régia, SA

CASE STUDY 3: Ceser Busnello

CASE STUDY 4: 

Estate of Violeta Elizabeth Hagmann & the Taperinha Estate

CASE STUDY 5: Tecniflora, Ltda

Amazon Timber in the United States & Lacey Act 

Amazon Timber in the European Union & EU Timber Regulation

Amazon Timber in Israel

Demands - What must be done to address the problem.

Methodology

GLOSSARY 

 

 

 

The latest updates

 

Timber investigation update: Activists confront container ship carrying Amazon timber

Blog by Daniel Brindis | November 6, 2014

Today, activists outside the port of Rotterdam, Netherlands confronted a container ship carrying Amazon timber from Rainbow Trading, a company we saw last month, in real time, accept illegal timber. Last month, Greenpeace Forest Crimes Unit...

European authorities: time to act on illegal timber

Blog by Daniela Montalto | October 30, 2014

Sawmills in the Brazilian Amazon are laundering illegal timber and sending shipments overseas. It’s against the law to place illegal timber on the European market, yet the authorities are doing very little about it. Two weeks ago, Greenpeace...

How deforestation helped unleash Ebola

Blog by Guest Post | October 15, 2014

Crossposted from Grist by Amelia Urry Perhaps you have heard about Ebola, otherwise known as The Most Terrifying Disease Of Our Modern Times (Sorry, MERs; panic is a fickle friend). But you might not have heard that Ebola’s origin story also...

Using GPS Trackers, Forest Crimes Unit Exposes Amazon Timber Smuggling

Blog by Daniel Brindis | October 14, 2014

Deep in the Amazon, Greenpeace went undercover over the last few weeks using covert GPS locators, to monitor logging trucks shuttling between illegal logging camps and saw mills that export to the U.S. and Europe. During the day, empty logging...

Forests need laws, not loopholes

Blog by Kumi Naidoo | September 30, 2014

Sitting in the towering United Nation’s building on New York’s east side, it might be hard for world leaders to picture a destroyed forest, but I know just how depressing the site is. In Indonesia, and elsewhere, we’ve seen vast tracks of land...

US Court halts four logging projects in Tongass National Forest

Blog by Cassady Sharp | September 30, 2014

Photo credit to WildThing Photography The U.S. District Court in Anchorage stopped four Forest Service logging projects in the Tongass National Forest for the second time. Greenpeace and Cascadia Wildlands, an Oregon-based organization working...

Greenpeace sues US Forest Service, Big Thorne logging threatens wolves

Blog by Larry Edwards | September 3, 2014

Greenpeace and four allied organizations sued the US Forest Service on August 26 to stop its Big Thorne logging project. Located on Prince of Wales Island, in Alaska. This would be by far the largest sale of timber in the Tongass National Forest...

Happy Birthday to our National Parks!

Blog by Diana Best | August 25, 2014

Today the National Park Service turns 98 year old. Almost a century ago,  our leaders had the foresight to protect these incredible places and set them aside as national treasures. Since then, our national parks have been enjoyed by millions of...

A Concerning Blindspot in FSC Forest Product Certification

Blog by Guest Post | August 4, 2014

By Tatiana Khakimulina, Forest Campaigner for Greenpeace Russia. I have worked at Greenpeace Russia as a forest engineer for the past two years, focusing on monitoring logging activities by FSC certificate holders in the Boreal forest zone. I...

Greenpeace, Kimberly-Clark celebrate “wood” anniversary

Blog by Rolf Skar | July 31, 2014

It’s fitting that fifth year celebrations are known as “wood” anniversaries since that’s largely what this one is about. On August 5th, Kimberly-Clark and Greenpeace will mark five years of the company’s new fiber buying policy and the end of...

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