On 23 July, Techjournalist carried an article saying that an open-data investigation into Facebook reveals how wood traders use the platform unchecked to traffic large quantities of logs from Africa to Vietnam, some violating national export rules or breaching treaties for endangered wildlife. Despite pledges to curb illegal wildlife trade, it is said that Facebook’s blind spot is a boon for timber traffickers and a curse for the environment.  It is said that experts think that globally there are market losses of around $10 billion annually from illegal logging and governments miss out on $5 billion in revenue.  Experts estimate that illegal logging accounts for between 15% and 30% of the global timber trade.

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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