Illegal logging is a wide spread problem in the developing world, costing legit logging companies millions in revenue, let alone the effect it has on the environment and wildlife in these areas.
Illegal Logging In Jordan
Let me take you to a place in the developing world called Ajloun in Jordan in the Middle East just on the border of Syria and Saudi Arabia. A place that was isolated and cut off from the rest of the world, a place of national beauty and wildlife, such a place that the Ostrich could roam free in its natural habitat along with the Oryx, The Onager ( a wild donkey ) and The Gazelle.
After a real bad snow fall in 1992 the natives of the Ajloun mountains were cut off from civilisation causing them to live off the land. They had no supplies and were forced to hunt and the only fuel they had were the trees that surrounded them in abundance. It started off with just cutting down trees to keep themselves warm while the snow passed. It rapidly grew into a massive Illegal logging organization cutting down tens of thousands of trees pre year. There were no laws to prevent such travesty so they kept on logging and supplying neighbouring companies, who then sold it on for furniture and hand carved fireplaces. Still to this day they are cutting down trees in the thousands and shipping them off to other countries turning over a massive revenue that they never spent a cent to get in the first place.
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Illegal Loggin in BRAZIL
I’m going to take you now to Brazil another place in the developing world where the forests are under treat along with the tribes that live there. Most of the native tribes and wildlife that have been there for generations dating back to the stone age, have been wiped out or displaced from the land to make way for logging equipment and bull dozers. Back in the early seventies it was found out that gold was laying in the forests so greedy outsiders came in and stripped it from the native tribes land they weren’t happy just taking the gold they started stripping the trees away from them too. The Amazon is a much bigger forest than the one which lies on the Ajloun hill of Jordan so it made sence to Illegal loggers to take even more ot the trees at a faster rate. This has been going on since the early seventies that is nearly 40 years ago, just goes to show the scale of the forest.