2nd Dec 2020

EU Action Plan forgot Baltic countries

The European Commission has apparently overlooked the Baltic countries in a brand new Action Plan against illegal logging, approved by the Council on 13 October.

And it is just in the Baltics where this is a big problem.

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The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is now appealing to the EU to deal with illegal logging in the three countries.

Extensive illegal logging is taking place in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, according to a report from WWF Latvia, published in connection with a Nordic Council meeting in Riga on Tuesday (21 October).

Experts estimate that illegal logging amounts to 15-25 percent of all logging in Latvia and 40-50 per cent of that of Estonia.

Something must be done about this, says Latvian WWF in a report entitled: "The Features of Illegal Logging and Related Trade in the Baltic Sea Region".

Sweden and Finland are major purchasers of the illegal timber, as 95 percent of Finland's and 78 percent of Sweden's timber imports come from the Baltic countries and Russia.

The two Nordic countries have not done much to stop the problem, according to the Latvian WWF.

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