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Uploaded on Wednesday 18 Jun 2014
by Jarle Mjaasund
Illegal logging and the Congo conflict
Riccardo Pravettoni, GRID Arendal
Illegal logging directly fuels many conflicts, as timber is a resource available for conflict profiteers or to finance arms sales. Without public order, militants, guerrillas or military units impose taxes on logging companies or charcoal producers, issue false export permits and control border points. They frequently demand the removal of all vehicle checkpoints and public patrolling of resource-rich areas as part of the peace conditions following new land claims and offensives.