On 2 February, OCCRP reported that high demand for West Africa’s rosewood timber, specifically from Chinese markets, has spawned corruption across the region’s forestry sectors, siphoned millions out of its economies, and accelerated the effects of deforestation and forest degradation.   It says that it is becoming more and more difficult to legally harvest the timber.  Rosewood comes from an endangered species of trees known as Kosso, is a rare raw material coveted for its fodder, medicinal uses, and luxury upholstery.  These trees can only be found in nature within West Africa’s Sahelian region, a belt of land that spans 5,400 km from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea.

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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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