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Illegal Logging

Law Enforcement, Livelihoods and the Timber Trade, 1st Edition

By Luca Tacconi


320 pages

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'This book carefully blends conceptual insights with extensive empirical evidence to navigate the reader through an issue that is still poorly understood [and is] a valuable reference for the development practitioner to understand the fundamental causes of illegal logging, its myriad consequences and the policy choices available to address the problem' Nalin Kishor, Forest Law Enforcement and Governance Coordinator, The World Bank 'An excellent resource for those working to conserve and sustainably manage forests worldwide. It offers an extensive and comprehensive study of illegal logging, bringing together the knowledge and views of experts who examine its roots and social, economic and environmental implications. One of its important contributions is to show that, unless coupled with reform of forestry regulations to take into account local people, law enforcement to curb illegal logging can negatively impact them. Therefore, any effective and fair approach to the problem needs to involve governments, forestry operators and local communities alike' Gonzalo Oviedo, Senior Social Policy Advisor, IUCN In many countries illegal logging now accounts for a large share of the harvest. Once cut, illegal logs feed an insatiable demand for exotic hardwoods in developed and developing countries. The result has been loss of both revenue and biodiversity, and consequently the issue has risen to the top of the global forest policy agenda as one of the major threats to forests, and donors and national governments are starting to develop initiatives to control illegal logging. Yet for such a massive illegal trade, there is surprisingly limited knowledge available as to the major causes of illegal logging and its impacts on biodiversity, people and livelihoods and national economies, and thus plenty of speculation and action without evidence. It is clear that while illegal logging does have negative impacts, it also, controversially, and perhaps paradoxically, benefits many stakeholders, including local communities. This book, written by the world's foremost experts, examines the key issues including law and enforcement, supply and demand, corruption, forest certification, poverty, local livelihoods, international trade and biodiversity conservation. It includes key case studies from forest-rich hotspots in North, South and Central America, equatorial Africa and Indonesia. While there are clearly no easy answers, this book sorts fact from fiction and explores the many dimensions of the causes, impacts and implications for forests, people, livelihoods and forest policy. Published with CIFOR


'Invaluable reading for forest professionals contemplating work in the Third World as it provides a primer on one set of obstacles they'll meet.' Roy Strang, BC Forest Professional Nov-December 2007. '…the book sorts fact from fiction and explores the many dimensions of the causes, impacts and implications for forests, people, livelihoods and forest policy.' Bois et Forets Des Tropiques, 2007.

Table of Contents

The Problem of Illegal Logging * The Social Basis of Illegal Logging and Forestry Law Enforcement in North America * From New Order to Regional Autonomy: Shifting Dynamics of Illegal Logging in Kalimantan, Indonesia * Turning in Circles: District Governance, Illegal Logging and Environmental Decline in Sumatra, Indonesia * Illegal Logging, Collusive Corruption and Fragmented Governments in Kalimantan, Indonesia * Forest Law Enforcement and Rural Livelihoods * Rural Livelihoods, Forest Law and the Illegal Timber Trade in Honduras and Nicaragua * Livelihoods and the Adaptive Application of the Law in the Forests of Cameroon * Forest Law Enforcement and Rural Livelihoods in Bolivia * Sustainable Forest Management and Law Enforcement: A Comparison between Brazil and Finland * Verification and Certification of Forest Products and Illegal Logging in Indonesia * Illegal Logging and the Future of the Forest * Index *

About the Author

Luca Tacconi is an Associate Professor at the Crawford School of Economics and Government, Australian National University.

About the Series

The Earthscan Forest Library

The Earthscan Forest Library

This series brings together a wide collection of volumes addressing diverse aspects of forests and forestry and draws on a range of disciplinary perspectives. Titles cover the full range of forest science and include the biology, ecology, biodiversity, restoration, management (including silviculture and timber production), geography and environment (including climate change), socio-economics, anthropology, policy, law and governance. The series aims to demonstrate the important role of forests in nature, peoples’ livelihoods and in contributing to broader sustainable development goals. It is aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate students, researchers, professionals, policy-makers and concerned members of civil society. Authors or editors of potential new titles should contact Hannah Ferguson, Editor (

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / Forestry