The report shows how countries can effectively fight illegal logging through the criminal justice system, punish organized crime, and trace and confiscate illegal logging profits.
The report underlines that to be effective, law enforcement needs to look past low-level criminals and look at where the profits from illegal logging go. By following the money trail, and using tools developed in more than 170 countries to go after ‘dirty money,’ criminal justice can pursue criminal organizations engaged in large-scale illegal logging and confiscate any ill-gotten gains.
The new report provides policy and operational recommendations for policy makers and forestry and law enforcement actors to
- integrate illegal logging into criminal justice strategies,
- foster international and domestic cooperation among policy makers, law enforcement authorities and other key stakeholders,
- and make better use of financial intelligence.