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Training, Coordination, and Collaboration: Helping Central African Countries Fight Illegal Logging

Timber waiting for export at the port in Douala, Cameroon. Photo courtesy of Richard Paton, USFS-IP Around the world, illegal logging is a leading cause of deforestation. Central African forests are particularly exploited because of weak governance. Countries are losing their exotic species and old growth trees, and both humans and biodiversity are suffering. In …

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Natural Resource Law Enforcement

The Challenges Illegal logging is the most profitable natural resource crime, valued at US$52 billion to $157 billion annually (Global Financial Integrity 2017 Transnational Crime and the Developing World). If even a fraction of revenue lost to illegal timber trade could be retrieved and invested in communities and government programs in places particularly hard hit — …

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FOREST COVER MAPPING IN THE REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

The U.S. Forest Service International Programs, through USAID’s Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment, CARPE, is assisting the National Forest Inventory Agency in the Republic of the Congo, CNIAF, to develop mapping tools and expertise to manage and protect the vast forests of the Congo Basin.