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Cut and Run

Illegal Logging and Timber Trade in the Tropics

by Rob Glastra(ed.)
Cut and Run by Rob Glastra
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Illegal logging and trade in timber is a major cause of forest degradation in the world today. Not only does it threaten biodiversity-rich old growth forests, it also endangers the livelihoods of the traditional communities that are dependent upon them. But controlling this global problem is not a simple matter of enacting new laws and enforcing new regulations — the rules already exist. If countries are to manage their forest sustainably they must implement existing laws effectively, and they must do so now!

Cut and Run offers readers valuable insight on how this might be done. It exposes and analyzes illegal practices in the logging industry and timber trade of four tropical countries. In Brazil, Asian logging companies are furtively establishing themselves in Amazonia. In Paraguay, complicity in illegal activities has reached the highest levels of society. In Ghana, illegal activity by cocoa farmers is devastating forests. And, in Cameroon, fines and fees are seldom imposed and enforcement is grossly inadequate.

Of course, these countries are not alone. From Paraguay to Siberia, from Thailand to Canada, our forests are being jeopardized by unscrupulous and illegal logging practices. Cut and Run also provides a global overview of the problem and presents solid conclusions and recommendations for effective future regulation of this precious resource.

International Development Research Centre; January 1999
132 pages; ISBN 9781552500538
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Title: Cut and Run
Author: Rob Glastra