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Madagascar: 556 rosewood logs seized in the northeast of the island

The struggle of the Malagasy authorities against the illegal trafficking of rosewood in Madagascar has recorded a success on Tuesday with the seizure of 556 logs of rosewood at Tanambaobe and Ankiakalava in the heart of the region of Analanjirofo in Northeast Madagascar.
Thus, since his nomination the new Minister of the environment, ecology and forestry, Anthelme Ramparany, following the instructions of the Presidential Palace of Iavoloha, ordered instructions in the field of firmness and fight all-out against traffickers, as indicated in the Midi Madagasikara newspaper.
As a reminder, the Malagasy president Hery Rajaonarimampianina, decided to frontally combat rosewood traffics in Madagascar, with a stated goal of zero cut, transport or export of precious the woods, after a year 2013 where traffic has exploded in the island.
The Malagasy Authority today wants to rely on the decree of 2011 which harshly punishes those involved in the illegal trade of rose wood, with a term of imprisonment of two to five years.
Rosewood, protected and endangered species, is at the heart of a traffic prohibited destined for Asia.
Traffickers exploit a parallel lucrative market where a kilo of precious wood sells for around 500 dollars (377 euros).
The decree 2011-01 also comes in addition to a decree promulgated on March 31, 2010 in Madagascar and prohibiting cutting and trade of rosewood and ebony.

Antso Rajaona

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