It was only during the first decade of this century that illegal timber was recognised as a transnational crime problem by international law enforcement organizations and academic criminologists. In 2008 the World Bank asked INTERPOL to look at illegal logging from the perspective of international criminal justice. This led to INTERPOL's first project on illegal logging, the Chainsaw Project.
Daniela Kleinschmit, Stephanie Mansourian, Christoph Wildburger, Andre Purret (eds.). 2016. Illegal Logging and Related Timber Trade - Dimensions, Drivers, Impacts and Responses: A Global Scientific Rapid Response Assessment Report. 81-96
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