20% of EU timber ‘illegal or suspect’

Nearly one-fifth of wood imported into the European Union was logged illegally or comes from suspect sources, mostly in Russia, Indonesia and China, green group WWF said.

The major importers were Finland, the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy, Reuters reported the group as saying. In 2006, 40% of wood
products from southeast Asia and China, 30% from Latin America and over 36% of those from Africa came from illegal or suspect sources,
the report said.

"Illegal logging destroys the protective function of forests, increasing risk of natural disasters such as floods and landslides,
and leads to deforestation, one of the main causes for climate change," WWF forestry campaigner Anke Schulmeister was quoted as

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