Industry, governments, and other stakeholders are looking for tools to better assess the risk that products linked to illegal deforestation enter global trade flows. As illicit acts, illegal deforestation and related crimes in forest areas are difficult to monitor and great efforts are taken to hide them. While it is challenging to get an accurate picture, we estimate that almost three quarters (69 percent) of tropical forest loss driven by commercial agriculture was illegal deforestation, conducted in violation of national laws and regulations. This poses challenges for the private sector and other actors who want to assess the risk of illegal logging or illegal deforestation entering timber and forest risk agricultural commodity (FRAC) supply chains, and government agencies enforcing the growing number of national regulations designed to exclude illegal deforestation imports.
Illegal Deforestation and Associated Trade (IDAT) Risk