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Madagascar: Over 70,000 rosewood logs have illegally left the Island in 2014




According to the alliance Voahary Gasy, which includes some thirty civil society organisations working for the protection of the environment, over 70,000 rosewood logs illegally left the Island in 2014 and have been exported by traffickers.
 
Madagascar would still have on its soil on stock some 40,000 logs.
 
As a reminder, rosewood, a protected species in danger of extinction, lies at the heart of a prohibited traffic to Asia. Traffickers exploit a lucrative black market where a kilo of the precious wood is sold at around 500 dollars (421 euros).
 
Madagascar wants to in particular seek support to fight against this traffic on the order of 8 August 2011, which severely punishes those involved in the illegal trade in rosewood, with a term of imprisonment of two to five years.
 



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