China, with its rapidly urbanizing population, is the world's biggest importer of wood products. And in its dealings with Mozambique, it is increasingly buying timber that is illegally harvested, according to a new report (pdf). The nonprofit Environmental Investigation Agency compared Mozambique's official harvest numbers to global import numbers and calculated that 93% of Mozambique's timber was illegally harvested in 2013, up from 76% in 2007-and most of that goes to China.
Illegal logging is a major contributor to tropical deforestation and forest degradation. Australia is currently considering legislation to prevent the importation of illegally logged wood. But if the legislation