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Environmental, Campaign & Website News > Madagascar's forests plundered for rare rosewood

Madagascar's forests plundered for rare rosewood

Date : 5th August 2010, Source : BBC Link to News Story



Rosewood traders turn up in villages on the Masoala peninsula with cash and rice. They want local people to help them find precious rosewood trees in the dense forest, and then to haul the heavy logs out. The illegal trade is irresistible to poor communities. Local people used to make money from tourists who came to see the lemurs - primates found only in Madagascar. This was a national industry worth more than $400m (256m). But last year's military-sponsored change of government has frightened off all but the most intrepid international travellers.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-10765418





Document last updated on Tuesday 30 August 2011

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