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Madagascar: Traffic of rosewood, 750 million dollars of loss for the island




 
The independent Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) recently highlighted that only the traffic of rosewood in the island has recorded for the Malagasy State cumulative net losses for the past four years amounted to some 750 million dollars, as indicated in the site tananews.com.
 
As a reminder, the Malagasy president Hery Rajaonarimampianina, decided to frontally fight since his election against the trafficking of rosewood 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 Malagasy power thus wants to rely on the order of 2011, since February 2014, which severely punishes those involved in the illegal trade in rosewood, with a prison sentence of two to five years.
 
Rosewood, protected and endangered species, is 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 (392 euros).
 
The Ordinance 2011-01 also complements a decree issued on March 31, 2010 in Madagascar and prohibiting logging and trade of rosewood and ebony.



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