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Madagascar: Fast powerboats interception to fight against rosewood trafficking

The cabinet director of the Ministry of Environment of Madagascar has recently communicated that helicopters and speedboats of interception are now committed at the heart of the fight against rosewood trafficking in the Island.
These new means of surveillance thus mobilize on the military court, police and gendarmes grouped together in joint units.
As a reminder, rosewood, a protected species in danger of extinction, is at the heart of a prohibited traffic to Asia. Traffickers exploit a juicy black market where a kilo of the precious wood is sold at around 500 dollars (418 euros).
Madagascar wants to in particular seek support to fight against this traffic on the order of 8 August 2011, which severely punishes persons involved in the illegal trade of rosewood, with a term of imprisonment of two to five years.


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