An article on 18 December from OCCRP says that thousands of protected trees that have been illegally cut down on land leased as “settlement farms” to political elites and war veterans by Namibia’s ruling South West Africa People’s Organisation (SWAPO) party. A forestry expert described the stockpiles, all run by 2 Chinese-fronted companies, as evidence of “industrial wood mining”. Despite a moratorium on harvesting these prized hardwoods in Namibia since November 2018, and a ban on trading raw timber since early August, the plunder has continued.
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