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Madagascar: The export of rosewood soon legalized by the authorities of the Big Island, following the repeal of the Ordinance on Sanctions




Madagascar: The export of rosewood soon legalized by the authorities of the Big Island, following the repeal of the Ordinance on Sanctions
The Malagasy authorities would simply set aside the order of 8 August 2011, which punishes those involved in the illegal trade of rosewood in the Big Island, a prison sentence of two to five years, the means of a special tribunal, but also a fine equivalent to twice the amount of the input value.
 
But the special court has never emerged and government revenue have remained desperately empty the fines to be collected.
The ordinance 2011-01 also complements a decree on 31 March 2010 to Madagascar and prohibits logging and trade of rosewood and ebony.
 
The attempt to legalize the export of rosewood and ebony and its commerce authorities will have an initial significant consequences for Madagascar, with the World Bank which automatically suspend its significant funding to clean the chain, such as indicates the newspaper L'Express of Madagascar.

Rosewood, protected and endangered species, is the heart of a prohibited traffic to Asia. Traffickers exploit a lucrative black market where a kilo of precious wood sells for around 500 dollars (377 euros).



Antso Rajaona


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