The real costs of illegal logging, fishing and wildlife trade: $1 trillion–$2 trillion per year

Illegal logging, fishing and wildlife trade rob the world of precious natural resources – original_ww174946and ultimately of development benefits and livelihoods.  The statistics are grim: an elephant is poached for its tusks about every 30 minutes, an African rhino for its horn every 8 hours, one in five fish is caught illegally, and in certain countries, particularly in Africa and South America, 50% to 90% of timber is harvested and traded illegally.  As much as 35% of the value of all illegal trade is estimated to come from rosewood.

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