MEPs have taken an axe to the illegal logging trade today by banning the sale of illegal timber in Europe and setting up strict penalties for rogue traders.
Illegal logging is estimated to represent 20-40% of global industrial wood production and contributes heavily to carbon emissions and the destruction of biodiversity.
London Liberal Democrat MEP Sarah Ludford commented:
"Illegal logging causes environmental economic and human devastation right across the world. By saying "no" to these timber cowboys in Europe we can do our bit to support developing countries and protect forests ravaged by illegal logging."