Illegal logging in Bulgaria is between 1/4 and 1/3 of the officially sourced wood total amount in the country. This forms nearly BGN 150 million in favor of the grey economy each year. Illegal logging bereaves whole regions from forests and freshwater.
WWF and Interpol launched a project against forest crimes. The project's main activities focus on building a stakeholders network in order to tackle forest sector crime more effectively. A major role will be played by Interpol's law enforcement expertise in combination with WWF's practical experience in forest conservation.
Our experience has shown that limiting environmental crime can not be achieved only by introducing legislative measures and sanctions in the event of occasional inspections by the responsible authorities. For the measures to be successful, it is necessary for the whole society to understand and participate.
Everyone can join us!
On the occasion of the World Forest Day WWF Bulgaria reminded about its educational materials on how to recognize illegal logging. WWF Bulgaria presented a list with specific steps to follow in case you suspect that you witness illegal logging. You can find it here and here together with video lessons.
You can also check WWF Analysis on Illegal Logging in Bulgaria.
For the past month WWF Bulgaria received several new signals for illegal logging, our Forest team is working on them - right now specific details regarding the signals are still confidential. Expect more information in the next report.
Thanks to your support WWF believes that together we can build a future in which People live in Harmony with Nature!