Independent Wildlife Monitoring

Exploring the links between the logging sector and illegal hunting and wildlife trafficking

Applying mandated monitoring to wildlife

Monitors in the Congo Basin rarely investigate wildlife-related issues for many reasons, most notably the fact that monitoring mandates are limited to forestry law, which contains few wildlife related regulation. However, there are indicators that some logging companies are directly involved in wildlife crime. For example, a 2017 report from TRAFFIC indicates involvement of employees of logging companies in ivory trafficking and that logging trucks are likely used to smuggle ivory. This corresponds with information provided directly to REM by various informants in and around logging concessions in northern RoC.

Timber buyers in Europe have told REM they would like to see more information about wildlife crime in the Open Timber Portal (OTP) due to concerns regarding potential links between a timber supplier in the Congo Basin and wildlife crime, particularly the ivory trade. Harnessing such market-driven concerns to support wildlife conservation in the Congo Basin is worth exploring. As partner of the World Resources Institute, REM plans to assess the feasibility of an OTP wildlife crime component and help the set the stage for its development. 




Compile, analyse information

... on the logging-wildlife nexus to inform development of the OTP wildlife component.

Help monitors integrate this new technology

... into their methods and ways of working and outline an approach to collecting wildlife crime information for the OTP.

identify indicators

... that could help inform in simple way timber buyers of the risks associated with wildlife crime.


...the relationship between wildlife crime and the logging industry and legal requirements or practical measures to address wildlife crime within logging concessions.

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