It’s Going Down… China Timber Companies Tackle Illegal Logging

By Aliza Kemner

Kesha and Pitbull aren’t the only players on the scene discussing timber these days. China, the biggest consumer, producer, and exporter of timber in the world, participated in a “Timber Legality Training workshop” in Guangzhou to raise awareness of regulations governing the timber trade. 

Given the impact of illegal logging and timber trade on areas including conservation, reduced profitability of legal trade, loss of foreign revenue, and currency exchange, this issue touches on all sorts of domestic, supply, and destination country legislation. 

Check out TRAFFIC for the scoop on the latest collaboration between the wildlife protection organization, WWF’s Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN), the China Timber and Wooden Products Distribution Association, and IKEA Supply to combat these issues.