Steaming the Tide

Halting the Trade in Stolen Timber in Asia

Stolen timber worth almost two and a half billion dollars is traded between the countries of East and South-East Asia each year. China, which consumes timber from some of the countries most badly affected by illegal logging, is reckoned to be the largest consumer of illegal timber in the world, while Indonesia is the largest tropical supplier. It is clear that if illegal logging is to be effectively ountered, the countries of this region must work together.

EIA and Telapak’s investigations over the past five years have spanned the region and provide a unique knowledge of this trade and attempts to tackle it. Drawing on this experience, this briefing uses specific case studies to illustrate options for action. Though solutions must necessarily begin with improved enforcement in producer countries against illegal cutting and export of timber, this document focuses on how regional consumer and processing states can work with producer countries to help stem the tide.


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