Corruption in global forestry sector worth US$29B a year: Interpol

P&PC Staff
December 19, 2016
By P&PC Staff
Corruption in global forestry sector worth US$29B a year: Interpol
PHOTO: Interpol
Dec. 19, 2016 - A new Interpol report underlines the scale of criminal activity tied to the forestry sector and the importance of coordinating anti-corruption efforts to protect forests.

Among its key findings, Uncovering the Risks of Corruption in the Forestry Sector estimates the annual global cost of corruption in the forestry sector is worth roughly US$29 billion.

It also found bribery is reported as the most common form of corruption in the forestry sector. Other forms of corruption include fraud, abuse of office, extortion, cronyism and nepotism. The report says that criminal networks use corruption and bribe officials to establish ‘safe passage’ for the illegal movement of timber. Criminal groups also exploit these routes to transport other illicit goods such as drugs and firearms.
 
It includes an example from Peru where the mayor of an important timber trading city was arrested for his involvement in drug trafficking through plywood shipments. The mayor controlled a timber business that had been used to strategically build a logistical network for bribing officials to move illegally harvested timber out of the country. Using this network, the mayor and other drug traffickers were able to move cocaine hidden in plywood shipments. Upon arrest, police seized assets worth US$71 million which could not be accounted for.
 
“By raising awareness and documenting current corruption practices as well as potential solutions, we empower law enforcement officers in the field. This increases the chances of criminals getting caught and is one of the greatest deterrents to corruption,” said Interpol secretary general Jürgen Stock.

To this end the key measures that the report recommends include capacity building across the entire law enforcement chain, enhanced financial investigation techniques, and adoption of Interpol’s I-24/7 global secure communications network for anti-corruption investigators.

In 2012, Interpol launched Project Leaf to counter various aspects of forestry crime, including illegal logging and timber trafficking, and related crimes such as corruption.

SOURCE Interpol

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0 #2 Chris Petrus 2017-01-04 16:15
Should the article be retitled, to the 'cost' rather than worth of the corruption.
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0 #1 Glenn Boothe 2017-01-04 15:14
Certainly not in Canada!

Another solid reason to get a reasonable softwood lumber deal done.........be tween non corrupt Canadian softwood lumber producers and the US.

Glenn Boothe
Rembos Inc
Brantford, Ontario, Canada
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