Japanese buyers fueling illegal logging in Romania’s last ancient forests

A new report by the Washington, D.C.-based organization the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) reveals that Japan’s largest trading companies are fueling illegal logging in Europe’s last great intact forests. The report, Built on Lies: New Homes in Japan Destroy Old Forests in Europe, presents newly-obtained trade data showing that nearly 50 percent of all exports from the Romanian sawmills of the Austrian company Holzindustrie Schweighofer (Schweighofer) are shipped to Japan for use primarily in housing construction – a supply chain totaling ¥20 billion in 2015 (USD $165 million). As detailed in EIA’s October 2015 report Stealing the Last Forest, Schweighofer’s sourcing practices have incentivized illegal logging in Romania for years.

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