Moment of truth: Study reveals high percentage of illegal Peruvian timber exports

Moment of truth: Study reveals high percentage of illegal Peruvian timber exports

LIMA, Peru – More than two years after a massive seizure of illegal timber sent from Peru to international markets in the Dominican Republic, Mexico and the United States, much of Peru’s exported wood is still illegal according to a new report. The so-called Operation Amazonas seizure from the vessel the Yacu Kallpa in 2015 was found to be more than 90 percent illegal. An investigation by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) study released in February 2018 shows that a high percentage of the wood that leaves Peru continues to be illegal. The documentation reviewed by the EIA – whose research was carried out in partnership with the Center for International Environmental Law – corresponds to the inspections carried out in 2015, done at random, by the Administration for Forestry and Wildlife of Lima, an office of the National Forestry and Wildlife Authority (or Serfor in Spanish) that has a control post in Callao, a key Peruvian port. Data provided by the Serfor office in Callao and reviewed by the EIA reveals that only 16 percent of the shipment’s wood – which was part of a sample selected by the forest authority for verification – was of legal origin. Another 17 percent corresponds to illegal logging and/or laundering of illegal timber, according to the EIA’s verification process of the origin sites carried out by the Agency for Supervision of Forest Resources (or Osinfor in Spanish). Regarding the remaining 67 percent, it was not possible to determine the origin, either because…

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