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UNOCHA, series of maps; The Woods Hole Research Center, UNFCCC-COP, Reducing Co2 Emissions from Deforestation And Degradation in The Democratic Republic of Congo: A First Look, 2007; Institut Géographique National Congolaise; Global Witness, “Faced with a gun, what can you do?”, 2009; The Guardian press release; Institute for environmental Security, interactive database, accessed in March 2012.
Uploaded on Thursday 27 Sep 2012
Illegal Logging and the Congo Conflict
Illegal logging directly fuels many conflicts as timber is a resource available for conflict profiteers or to finance arms sales. Without public order, militants, guerillas 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 check points and public patrolling of resource-rich areas as part of the peace conditions following new land claims and offensives.