The Thünen Institute suggests a solution on its website:
"One way of halting the carve-up of forests would be to initiate sustainable forest management. This requires adhering to the nationally valid legislation when felling trees. Regrettably this cannot be guaranteed globally. Therefore the EU has intervened within the framework of the FLEGT-Action Plan (Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade). [...]"
The everyday consumer is not able to tell the difference at a glance. However, every consumer can check the origin of the material from certificates and seals of authenticity.Official seals, as for example those of the FSC or PEFC, guarantee the sustainable management of the area by the exclusion of chemicals, adherence to social standards by the participants and maintaining the local infrastructure.
If the market for the already negligible amount of exported timber is deprived of its supply the raw material will have lost its value for the local population. The vital argument in favour of sustainable forestry (maintaining the value inherent in these areas) would become indefensible and a different utilisation would most probably evolve.