Project LEAF, and Interpol’s Work on Illegal Logging and Forest Crime
Every two seconds, an area of forest the size of a football field is clear-cut by illegal loggers around the globe (Pereira Goncalves et al. 2012). Illegal logging is estimated to account for 15-30 per cent of the total volume of wood traded globally (although exact figures can be difficult to estimate given its clandestine nature). The majority of the world’s illegal logging and illegal land clearing continues to take place in the tropical forests of the Amazon Basin, Central Africa and South East Asia, and still occurs in many formally protected high-conservation value forests. In some key producer tropical countries, illegal logging is estimated to account for 50-90 per cent of the timber volume (Interpol and UNEP 2012).