Timber control system for Brazil 'flawed' says Greenpeace after investigation in Pará state, claims illegal wood being traded with legal paperwork, urges companies to classify Brazilian Amazon timber as high-risk, seeks government action

Wendy Lisney

Wendy Lisney

May 16, 2014 – Greenpeace

AMSTERDAM , May 15, 2014 (press release) – Two years ago, we kicked off an investigation into what was happening in the Brazilian Amazon timber industry and today we released our findings: the timber market is fraught with illegality, and predatory logging is destroying the Amazon bit by bit. Instead of protecting the forest, official checks and balances are being used to ‘launder’ timber from illegal and predatory logging practices in order to sell it in Brazil and globally as if it was legal.

Two thirds of Brazilian Amazon timber goes to the USA and Europe, and is found in shops like Lumber Liquidators in the USA and J. Pinto Leitão and Tradelink in Europe amongst many others. It also appears in such diverse projects as the Brooklyn Bridge in the USA, the World Trade Centre in Geneva, and the National Library in Paris. Yet under USA and EU legislation, it is prohibited to import illegal timber.

Going into the field in the Brazilian state of Pará clearly showed us that the current timber control system is flawed and easily manipulated. Boasting the greatest volume of timber exports in the Brazilian Amazon, 78% of the area logged in Pará is estimated to be illegal, so that’s where we focussed our attention. We tracked the process from tree to tabletop, and the official documents required at each step. We found that companies are acting illegally in a number of ways including overestimating the number of valuable species in forests, falsifying information for chain of custody documents and applying for logging permits in areas already deforested, all in order to sell timber of unknown origin with official documents.

Greenpeace is calling for action. Companies must immediately classify Brazilian Amazon timber as high-risk and not purchase this timber unless additional, credible steps are taken to ensure legal origin. Furthermore, the Brazilian Government must take urgent steps to reform the Brazilian timber management and control system and review all approvals granted since 2006.

You can help. Please send your message so that collectively we can protect the Amazon and its forest dependent peoples.


* All content is copyrighted by Industry Intelligence, or the original respective author or source. You may not recirculate, redistrubte or publish the analysis and presentation included in the service without Industry Intelligence's prior written consent. Please review our terms of use.

Share:

About Us

We deliver market news & information relevant to your business.

We monitor all your market drivers.

We aggregate, curate, filter and map your specific needs.

We deliver the right information to the right person at the right time.

Our Contacts

1990 S Bundy Dr. Suite #380,
Los Angeles, CA 90025 795

+1 (310) 558 0008
+1 (310) 558 0080 (FAX)

About Cookies On This Site

We collect data, including through use of cookies and similar technology ("cookies") that enchance the online experience. By clicking "I agree", you agree to our cookies, agree to bound by our Terms of Use, and acknowledge our Privacy Policy. For more information on our data practices and how to exercise your privacy rights, please see our Privacy Policy.