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Illegal Logging

 Illegal logging in a lowland rainforest in Peru 
© André BÄRTSCHI / WWF-Canon

Rapid deforestation is underway in many of the priority ecoregions that WWF is working to protect around the globe, including Borneo and Sumatra, the Amazon and the Congo Basin.  Orangutans, jaguars, gorillas and many other forest dwellers suffer from this massive loss of habitat.

Major causes of this destruction are unsustainable and illegal logging, which are fed by high demand for timber in the United States, European countries, Japan and China. This wood then ends up in our shops and ultimately our homes. So your garden furniture, wood flooring or toilet tissue may have in fact contributed to the destruction of the world's most valuable rain forests.

Take Action

The next time you're out shopping, find out if the store manager knows where the wood or paper being sold comes from.  Tell him/her that it is your personal policy to purchase forest products from only legal and well-managed sources.  When possible, make sure that any timber products you buy carry the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) label. If you can’t find FSC-certified products in your local store, please ask the store manager to supply them.

Timber that doesn't carry the FSC label, may well come from illegal or controversial sources.  

About the Forest Stewardship Council

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The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an independent, not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization that provides standard-setting, trademark assurance and accreditation services for companies and organizations interested in responsible forestry.  


Learn about WWF's work to protect the world's forests.

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