MOST PERUVIAN TIMBER EXPORTS ILLEGALLY HARVESTED
Following interception of multiple shipments of illegal timber on their way to the United States, a report produced by Peruvian agencies and verified by the U.S. government found that 90% of the sampled timber was illegally harvested. U.S. officials and conservationists are hoping Peru’s new government will address the inadequate implementation and enforcement of conservation laws, issues found to be major contributors to the statistic. According to a U.S. government statement, the verification report includes comprehensive discussion of the deficiencies in implementation and enforcement of Peruvian forest laws. U.S. agencies, including FWS, have also been called upon to more effectively identify and intercept trafficked wood. U.S. Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Or.) initially called for the investigation, highlighting the cost of illegal timber for both American jobs and Peru’s rainforest. Sen. Wyden was instrumental in making a 2008 amendment to the Lacey Act the world’s first ban on illegal timber trafficking. For the full story, see https://news.mongabay.com/2016/08/timber-from-peru-90-percent-illegal-finds-report-issued-by-u-s-govt/.