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EU may be importing illegally harvested timber from Congo-Brazzaville

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Wednesday, 06 November 2013

EU may be importing illegally harvested timber from Congo-Brazzaville

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has been tracking timber, especially of the illegally felled variety, from Congo-Brazzaville through the import process to the European Union (EU). Through the investigation for their Panorama program, journalists have discovered that the new EU’s regulations on timber imports do not stop illegally harvested wood from entering Europe. In 2012, so many logs were exported from the Congo that the government imposed an export ban. Multiple companies and harvesting zones were affected by the new ban. Each log that harvested is marked with the region of origin and with the name of the company to which it belongs. Over the course of the BBC’s research, some markings denoting the zone of origin had been modified, suggesting that those logs were harvested and exported illegally. The BBC had asked companies why the marks on the timber was modified, but they never responded with clarification beyond an excuse of human error.

Source: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)