The international timber trade cannot be held responsible for potentially ruining the tropical forests. Even though the public may think so: the wrecking of the forests – on average between 10 and 15 million hectares are lost annually – is due to various causes. According to figures obtained scientifically by the Federal Research Institute of Forestry and the Timber Trade.
60% of the areas are lost through itinerant peasants burning down the forests, a result of of the population increase in those areas.
30% of the woodlands are lost to agricultural and large-scale projects (e.g. for the cultivation of soy and palm oil) – still rising – and
10% through inefficient and non-sustainable use.