Trading in chaos

The impact at home and abroad of illegal logging in the DRC

Publication - May 26, 2015
The report details two years of investigations into one major company, Cotrefor, that is logging illegally, breaking social contracts with communities and undermining a number of trade regulations with its timber export worldwide to the EU, US, China and beyond.

Logging violations, disenfranchised local communities, the cutting of endangered tree species without valid authorisation, destruction of threatened Bonobo habitat and worldwide export of suspect timber. These are just some of the effects of the chaos being wreaked at home and abroad by one of the major industrial logging companies in Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) according to a new report from Greenpeace Africa.

Trading in Chaos: The impact at home and abroad of illegal logging in the DRC documents two years of field investigations in the logging concessions of Lebanese-owned company Cotrefor as well as various ports across the world where the timber is exported and traded. The results demonstrate how the company is able to operate with total impunity, appearing to infringe numerous regulations and to treat both its own workers and local forest residents with scant regard.

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