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Madagascar: Vessels of shipowners seized for illegal trafficking of rosewood

Subsequently president Hery Rajaonarimampianina, who decided to fight frontally the rosewood in Madagascar since last February, the new Minister of Environment Anthelme Ramparany wants to strengthen the control of the borders and halt illegal attempts to transport of rosewood on suspicious vessels.
"Technical and financial partners expect the strong signal from the administration to be able to extend their support in the fight against the traffic of our natural resources. First, we will develop a draft law to seize shipping companies which provide for the carriage of illicit rose wood. The ship from the shipowner will be so seized and will be sold at auction", submitted in the middle of last week the new Minister of the environment, Anthelme Ramparany, along with the Ambassador of the European Union, Leonidas Tezapsidis, as reported by the Midi Madagasikara newspaper.
As a reminder, rose wood, 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 Malagasy authority wants to build to combat this traffic on the order of August 8, 2011 * that harshly punishes those involved in the illegal trade of rose wood, with a term of imprisonment of two to five years.
Order 2011-01 comes in addition to a decree promulgated on March 31, 2010 in Madagascar and prohibiting cutting and trade of rosewood and ebony

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