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Madagascar: The Steering Committee fighting against the traffic of rosewood calls a Chinese governmental delegation

The new President Hery Rajaonarimampianina, decided to fight the trafficking of rose wood frontally in Madagascar, with a stated goal of zero cut, transport or export of precious woods, after a year 2013 where traffic has exploded in the island.
The Steering Committee fighting against the traffic of rosewood arrested a Chinese governmental delegation travelling to Madagascar, headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs for a reciprocal commitment between Madagascar and China on the issue, as reported by the Malagasy newspaper La Tribune.
The Malagasy authorities have expressly asked to their Chinese counterparts’ collaboration full and whole on the topic, and this, to put a definitive end to this "scourge".
The Malagasy Authority today wants to rely on the order of 2011 which harshly punishes those involved in the illegal trade of rose wood, with a term of imprisonment of two to five years.
All departments as well as the heads of region and district thus mobilised on the ground to the actions of punishment of traffickers in the viewfinder now of local authorities.
As a reminder, rose wood, protected and endangered species, is at the heart of a traffic prohibited destined for Asia.
Traffickers exploit a lucrative parallel market where a kilo of the precious wood is sold for around 500 dollars (377 euros).
Ordinance 2011-01 also complements a decree issued March 31, 2010 in Madagascar and which prohibits logging and trade of rosewood and ebony.

Antso Rajaona

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