The illegal felling and trafficking of trees is a crime with catastrophic environmental and human consequences.

Illegal logging is one of the world’s most pressing biodiversity and climate challenges

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimates the illicit trade in timber is worth tens of billions of dollars


Corruption, organised criminal networks and an uncoordinated police response are some of the essential components of successful timber trafficking. The illegal timber trade is also dangerous, with rangers, investigative journalists and villagers killed every year. Illegal wood is regularly laundered into the legal trade, and the complexity combined with the risk involved in tackling illegal timber demands the application of some of the most sophisticated skills that we possess.

Our Work

Global Eye maintains that a coordinated response to forest crimes such as timber trafficking can be accomplished by developing unconventional data collection and sharing protocols. This forms a large part of our effort against this type of illegal activity, and we are working to build effective law enforcement and regulatory networks under our coordination. Our data is also used at CITES, supports political dialogue as well as private sector efforts to stem the illegal trade. We are currently working with prosecutors in various countries to support them in transnational cases.