OCCRP on 25th October reported that Madagascar’s proposal for ridding itself of its vast stockpiles of illegally-harvested rosewood has been blocked by the committee that regulates world trade in endangered species, because the proposal involved paying off local timber barons.  It is estimated at over 2 million precious logs, most of it hidden in stashes belonging to local timber barons, are involved.  These logs, rosewood and ebony, fetch thousands on Chinese markets, where they are made into luxury furniture, and they are hidden all over the country – outdoors and in walled compounds.  African delegates to CITES opposed the plan as well saying it could encourage illegal timber trade in their own countries.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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