FORESTRY: The wood smugglers

  • 2008-05-22
  • By Louise O’Dwyer
VILNIUS - The Baltic states can boast some of the most well developed lumber industries in the world. This comes as no surprise considering the thousands of kilometers of pristine forests - and the lack of other natural resources - that the countries possess. But with the popularity of Baltic timber on the rise in Western Europe, the business is finding itself grappling with a growing illegal trade. Illegal logging is becoming a huge problem in the three countries. While some estimates predict that as much as 40 percent of the timber exported from the country is illegally transported, it ...
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