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Wolverhampton University staff tackle illegal logging

The University of Wolverhampton has secured a £1.5m grant to tackle illegal logging in Africa.

The university's Centre for International Development and Training will lead the four-year project.

University staff and academics will organise meetings between loggers and policy makers to educate people about how to manage forests sustainably.

The project will be run in four countries - Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana and Liberia.

Des Mahony, project director, said the project would focus on these countries because they were heavily forested and exported substantial amounts of timber to Europe.

Counteract corruption

All four countries are engaged in negotiations with the European Commission concerning the banning of illegal timber imports into the European Union.

Illegal logging is the harvest, transportation, purchase or sale of timber which is carried out in violation of laws.

Mr Mahony said it could harm the producer country's economy through tax avoidance.

He said: "Our objective is to reduce the amount of illegal timber in the European market.

"We want to counteract corruption through education."

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