EIA Releases Report Showing Illegal Logging and Wood Trade by Chinese Company in Congo and Gabon

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Friday, May 3, 2019
Bruce Zagaris

On March 25, 2019, the Environmental Investigation Agency, after four years of investigating the logging sector in Congo and Gabon, released a report and accompanying video, Toxic Trade: Forest Crime. The report explains that The Congo Basin, which is home to the second largest tropical forest in the world after the Amazon and equal in size to half of the continental United States (U.S.), is of vital importance for thousands of species. EIA has investigated the logging sector in the Congo and Gabon, countries that together account for approximately 60 percent of the total area under forest management in the Congo Basin. EIA’s report  shows that one the most influential groups of affiliated timber companies in Africa, the  “Dejia (deh-ja) Group,” has developed  its business model on bribery and other crimes.  The report alleges the Group has continuously broken the most fundamental forest laws, turned timber trade regulations upside-down, and diverted millions in unpaid taxes from the governments of Gabon and the Republic of Congo.