Illegal logging and related trades are not only major forest crimes but also directly contribute to deforestation, climate change, and species extinction, while having long-term negative impacts on the livelihoods of forest-dependent people. Due to higher market demand and increased profitability of timber and its byproducts, crimes in forests across the world are emerging as a serious threat. Many countries in Asia have lost significant areas of their rich forests to illegal logging activities over the last few decades. Intrinsically, combating forest crime is vital to halting deforestation and forest degradation. It also relates to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular, SDG 14 (Conserve and Sustainably Use the Oceans, Seas and Marine Resources for Sustainable Development) and SDG 15 (Protect, Restore and Promote Sustainable Use of Terrestrial Ecosystems, Sustainably Manage Forests, Combat Desertification, and Halt and Reverse Land Degradation and Halt Biodiversity Loss).
This policy brief highlights the collective discussions of the capacity-building workshop on “Forest Crime and Sustainable Forest Management” held from May 16 to 20, 2022.