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Cambodia highlighted in illegal logging report

Cambodia highlighted in illegal logging report

Updated 2 October 2012, 9:49 AEST

Next time you purchase a product made from wood it may be worth checking on its origins.

Globally, illegal logging now accounts for between 15 and 30 per cent of the overall trade according to a new report from the UN Environment Programme and INTERPOL. 

The report "Green Carbon, Black Trade" outlines how the illegal trade is being carried out by organized crime gangs and how it's threatening efforts to combat climate change, deforestation, conserve wildlife and eradicate poverty. 
 
It concludes that without an internationally coordinated enforcement effort, illegal loggers and cartels will continue to exploit a dwindling resource.
 
Anna Hipsley spoke to Dr Christian Nellemann, from the United Nations Environment Programme.
 
Presenter: Anna Hipsley
 
Speaker: Dr Christian Nellemann, from the United Nations Environment Programme

 

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