African Countries Agree to Curb Illegal Timber Trade in the Congo Basin

23 October 2013

Governments from Africa's main timber producing  countries, together with timber industry representatives and civil society organizations agreed to jointly combat illegal timber trade in the Congo Basin, FAO said today following an international wood industry meeting in Brazzaville.

Covering an area of 300 million hectares, the Congo Basin harbours the world's second largest tropical forest.  It is also a major supplier of illegal timber, part of a global trade that cost governments some US $10 billion per year in lost tax revenues worldwide.

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