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Madagascar: The new President Hery Rajaonarimampianina wants to lead war against the traffic of rosewood

In the wake of the election of the new President Hery Rajaonarimampianina, the Malagasy authorities have decided to fight frontally in the Council of Government, last Tuesday, at the Palace of Mahazoarivo against the trafficking of rosewood in the island, with the objective of zero cutting, transporting or exporting.
The Malagasy authorities now want to apply to the letter the order of 2011. All departments as well as the heads of region and district are mobilised on the ground.
August 8, 2011 order harsh punishments for those involved in the illegal trade of rosewood in the island, to a term of imprisonment of two to five years, through a special jurisdiction, but also to a fine equivalent to double the amount of the value entered.
But the Special Court has never emerged and the revenue of the State remained hopelessly empty fines to be levied.
The ordinance 2011-01 also complements a decree issued March 31, 2010 in Madagascar and which prohibits logging and trade of rosewood and ebony.
Monitoring and securing affected by traffic rosewood coastal areas will soon also be amplified with the deployment of a vessel in an area to monitor suspicious vessels and provision of satellite technology to enhance the device is also to agenda, as reported by the newspaper Midi Madagasikara.
As a reminder, rose wood, protected and endangered species, is at the heart of a traffic prohibited destined for Asia. Traffickers exploit a parallel market lucrative where a kilo of precious wood sells for around 500 dollars (377 euros).

Antso Rajaona

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