Illegal logging in the Russian Far East is of particular concern because the forests are home to the last 450 wild Siberian tigers. The Lumber Liquidators case was investigated jointly by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Homeland Security Investigations and prosecuted by the Department of Justice under the name “Operation Oakenshield.”

Latin America

The Amazon rainforest is the world’s largest terrestrial carbon sink and is facing enormous threats from illegal logging, aggressive expansion for industrial agriculture, cattle ranching, mining and infrastructure. At the same time, Latin America is one of the most dangerous places for environmental and human rights defenders who stand in the way of powerful political and financial interests and are frequently being threatened, harassed and even murdered for defending their livelihoods.

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