Ancient hardwood trees in Namibia’s Caprivi State Forest are being poached by a controversial Chinese businessman who’s exploiting legal loopholes the government won’t close.
Felled trees in the Caprivi State Forest. (Credit: John Grobler)
The once-lush woods have been turned into a graveyard of stumps. Once extending from northern Romania to western Ukraine, the last virgin forests in Europe were mercilessly cut down.
The retail giant IKEA is one of the world’s largest furniture makers, using one percent of the global wood supply each year to make about 100 million pieces of inexpensive, smartly designed furniture sold through its international network of stores.
An investigation by RISE Project, an OCCRP partner, has revealed how an Austrian-based company bought huge volumes of timber from controversial local logging firms over the past two years.
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