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Briefing / Nov. 20, 2017

China's high-risk timber trade: Lessons from Papua New Guinea

This brief provides recommendations for carrying out effective checks on the Chinese timber supply chain, known as due diligence, drawing on insights from Global Witness investigations into illegal logging in PNG.

China’s vast wood product manufacturing sector is dependent on raw materials from overseas, but much of the timber it imports comes from countries where corruption and weak rule of law is leading to high levels of illegal logging and environmental destruction.

Papua New Guinea (PNG), the source of a third of China’s tropical log imports, is one such country. As a responsible trading partner, China should ensure that its companies are taking steps to avoid timber that was produced in violation of laws in source countries like PNG.

This brief provides recommendations for carrying out effective checks on their timber supply chain, known as due diligence, drawing on insights from Global Witness investigations into illegal logging in PNG.

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Beibei Yin, Senior Campaigner, Asia Forests

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Rick Jacobsen, Senior Advisor, Asia Forests

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