Chatham House has been working on illegal logging and deforestation since 2000, undertaking in-depth research and analysis and bringing together experts and stakeholders at meetings and conferences.
Forests support water systems and food production and are critical in combating climate change, so good forest governance is essential for sustainable management of this important resource.
Much of our work focuses on efforts to tackle the international trade in illegal timber, especially the effectiveness of the response to this issue by both the government and the private sector.
Additionally, our research examines the policy nexus between illegal logging, deforestation, sustainable development and green growth. This is in response to growing pressure from other land-use sectors on forests, and it includes exploring those policy measures aimed at reducing deforestation associated with agriculture and mining.