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Illegal Agarwood

TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, is the leading non-governmental organization working globally on trade in wild animals and plants in the context of both biodiversity conservation and sustainable development.

TRAFFIC specializes in:

  • Investigating and analysing wildlife trade trends, patterns, impacts and drivers to provide the leading knowledge base on trade in wild animals and plants;
  • Informing, supporting and encouraging action by governments, individually and through inter-governmental cooperation to adopt, implement and enforce effective policies and laws;
  • Providing information, encouragement and advice to the private sector on effective approaches to ensure that sourcing of wildlife uses sustainability standards and best practice;
  • Developing insight into consumer attitudes and purchasing motivation and guiding the design of effective communication interventions aimed to dissuade purchasing of illicit wildlife goods.

TRAFFIC and the Timber Trade

Timber is by some margin the most valuable wildlife commodity traded.

In the early 1990s, TRAFFIC estimated the global timber trade was worth around USD104 billion, approximately 65% of the total worldwide wildlife trade. By 2009, the FAO estimated the annual turnover at more than USD200 billion.

TRAFFIC strives to ensure that all timber trade is carried out in a legal and sustainable manner. However, timber that is illegally sourced or traded is major international concern. According to UNEP, Illegal logging and forest crime has an estimated value of US$30 to US$100 billion annually, or 10 to 30 per cent of the total global timber trade—and in certain countries, 50-90% of the wood is harvested or traded illegally. This illegal logging results in a loss of $10 billion to the global economy, and a loss of $5billion in government revenue.

TRAFFIC has a variety of projects investigating and monitoring the timber trade in Africa, Asia, North and South America and Europe.

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