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Radio Report on Environmental Crimes


On December 15, 2016 the Bavarian Radio Network broadcasted a half-hour feature on environmental crimes: "Billion dollar trade in poaching and illegal hunting".

(© Thünen-Institut; BR2)

An important topic in addition to the trade in reptiles and other animals as well as illegal fishing was the illegal trade of wood, one of the most financially profitable sectors of environmental criminality.

Thünen scientist Matthias Dieter described the environmental consequences, particularly  for tropical forests, and spoke about the difficulties in monitoring local logging areas and introduced the activities of the Thünen Centre of Competence.

In the mean time, many German wood trading enterprises use the expertise available there to remain in accordance with their legal obligations and to protect themselves against fraud.

BR2, IQ – Wissenschaft und Forschung, 15.12.2016

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