The following is an attempt to get a better understanding of how much illegal wood is really out there by cataloging the data being reported. The idea is that, over a big enough sample, the extreme reports will become noticeable, and the truth more apparent. We intend to update this frequently, so if you’re interested, make sure to bookmark it. Or just sign up for the newsletter here.

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Mato Grosso

12m3/day – On February 11, 2020 the PRF reported that 500.85m3 of “wood” had been seized in the state of Mato Grosso since the beginning of 2020. That’s roughly 12m3/day.



7 fines/month – 44 individuals were reportedly fined for cutting wood without a permit in the state between July 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019. This comes out to about 7 fines per month. For a complete list see the Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks reports.


38m3/day – On February 19, 2020 the National Police reported that 1,926m3 of wood has been seized in the year (presumably by their institution), amounting to about 38m3 per day.


Cross River

100 trucks/week – On February 15, 2020 Punch reported that Odey Oyama, the Chairman of the Cross River State Anti-Deforestation Taskforce, claimed that more than 100 trucks of illegally logged timber left the state weekly. (Cross River borders Cameroon).



11 trucks/month – Between March 15 and April 15 authorities in Udmurtia inspected 546 trucks carrying wood. Of these, eleven (2%) did not have documentation.


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