• Service: Advisory
  • Type: KPMG information
  • Date: 4/12/2013

Logging in the shadows: how vested interests abuse shadow permits to evade forest sector reforms 

A Making the Forest Sector Transparent policy analysis of a largely hidden pattern of abuse in four African countries, in which logging permits designed to promote small businesses and meet local needs are being allocated to industrial logging companies.

In recent years, national governments and their international donors have poured huge amounts of money, time and resources into trying to stop the corruption and illegality that plague the forest sector. Reform efforts have focused on preserving what is left of tropical rainforests, protecting the rights of the people that depend on them, and strengthening the rule of law in producer countries. Notable examples include the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR), the EU’s Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Voluntary Partnership Agreements (FLEGT VPAs), and the extension of the Lacey Act in the United States (US)...