The majority of logging companies, however, fail to protect their lands from unsustainable clear-felling practices and even fewer have systems to monitor and ensure such policies.
The construction of logging roads in the region has doubled over the past 15 years, and researchers warn that this increase could have serious environmental ramifications.
The logging industry argues that cutting down old-growth trees is good for forest management, but the science says otherwise.
Although producers of soy, cattle, and timber were charged with environmental crimes, their products continue to flow into international markets.
Forest soils recover from disturbances slowly over many years—up to 80 years following a wildfire and as many as 30 years after logging, much longer than previously thought.
In Kenya and Tanzania, native communities are capitalizing on the insect business to ditch the ecologically damaging and illegal logging trade.
The countries with the richest swaths of rainforest are still cutting them down, undermining one of the best available solutions to staving off climate change impacts.
Secondary forests are vital parts of the ecosystem, but in Costa Rica many of them are re-cleared before achieving old-growth levels of biodiversity.
The measures introduced in July to curb corruption in the country's timber industry are still awaiting a signature from Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman.
New farm bill provisions would eliminate environmental protections for forest management, without addressing the wildfires' biggest driver: climate change.
The small South Pacific island nation has become a major supplier of Chinese-imported timber.
Studies show that removing trees actually make fires more intense, wreaking further havoc on both human and wildlife habitat.
The Trump administration has posited that more active management of forests could help prevent future fires, but the science doesn't back that up.
A recent study illustrates the connection between consumer demand in the U.S. and increased furniture production in China, which is, in turn, fueling logging in Central Africa.
A recent study out of Malaysia illustrates that even responsible logging practices severely harm local fish populations.
A Rainforest Foundation UK briefing highlights very weak governance in the country, which means there is limited ability for the government to control its forest resources and to implement effective planning and management.
Yasuní National Park and the Tagaeri-Taromenane Intangible Zone, home to isolated indigenous groups, have become hotspots of illegal logging and hunting.