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Illegal Timber Trade destroying Indonesian Rainforests

Date : 6th February 2004, Source : ENS

WASHINGTON, DC, February 6, 2004 (ENS) - The thriving illegal trade in a rare tropical hardwood is fueling the destruction of Indonesian rainforests and is moving the orangutan and other endangered species closer to extinction, environmentalists said here Thursday. Trade in timber from ramin, an endangered Indonesian tree species, is restricted by international treaty, but officials are doing little to stop the illegally cut hardwood from slipping through Malaysian ports out into the world market.

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