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Publications

A range of publications relating to the development and implementation of the indicators of illegal logging have been published since the project began in 2006. These include methodology briefings, results of the pilot studies, country report cards (from 2010), country assessments (from 2014-15) and two synthesis reports (from 2010 and 2015). 

Reports & Briefings

Illegal Logging and Related Trade: Indicators of the Global Response

15 July 2010

Over the last decade governments, the private sector and civil society have recognized these impacts and have made increasing efforts to tackle the problem. This study attempts to measure the scale and the effectiveness of the response to illegal logging. It examines the response in countries where illegal logging occurs and also in those countries which import, process and consume illegally sourced wood.

In addition to measuring the extent to which illegal logging and associated trade has changed over time, the study examines how attention to the problem has changed and how governments and the private sector have responded. Various indicators and means of verification have been designed, tested and used by Chatham House to measure the response in five timber-producing countries, five consuming countries, and two countries whose timber trade is largely based on processing imported raw material for export.

The study finds that while illegal logging remains a major problem, the impact of the response has been considerable. Illegal logging is estimated to have fallen during the last decade by 50 per cent in Cameroon, by between 50 and 75 per cent in the Brazilian Amazon, and by 75 per cent in Indonesia, while imports of illegally sourced wood to the seven consumer and processing countries studied are down 30 per cent from their peak.

Illegal Logging and Related Trade: Indicators of the Global Response - Briefing Paper

15 July 2010

This briefing paper provides a summary of the 2010 report on illegal logging and related trade.

The study found that while illegal logging remains a major problem, the impact of the response has been considerable. Illegal logging is estimated to have fallen by between 50 and 75 per cent during the previous 10 years in Cameroon, the Brazilian Amazon and Indonesia, while imports of illegally sourced wood to the seven consumer and processing countries studied are estimated to have dropped 30 per cent from their peak in 2004.

Illegal Logging and Related Trade: 2008 Assessment of the Global Response (Pilot Study)

1 August 2009

This report summarises the findings of the pilot phase of Chatham House's initial assessment of the global response to illegal logging and associated trade. The five countries examined in this phase are Cameroon, Indonesia, UK, US and Vietnam. The study includes an assessment of the lessons learned during the process of collecting the indicators, and concludes with recommendations for a slightly simpler process for data collection for the next seven countries.

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