Finland, Sweden, UK targeted over illegal timber

Green group identifies top EU importers of illegally logged timber from six world regions

Finland, Sweden and the UK are responsible for two-fifths of EU imports of illegal timber, green group WWF on Tuesday. The NGO examined trade data for exports six world hotpots for illegal timber - Russia, the Baltic states, Indonesia, the Amazon basin and parts of Africa. It estimated that EU countries import 20m cubic metres of illegally felled timber from these regions. The group reiterated its view that the EU's recently agreed Flegt regime is too weak to reduce illegal logging and timber trade (EED 25/10/05). See press release.

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