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Ghana hopes for EU timber deal

Date : 2nd October 2007, Source : BBC Link to News Story

Giant trucks thunder out of Ghana's tropical forests, loaded high with huge logs. Chopped, sawn and milled, these logs bring in valuable foreign exchange revenue for the West African country. Timber is one of its biggest foreign exchange earners. But Ghana is losing its forests, as a result of gangs of unlicensed chainsaw operators that devastate the country's forests, depriving the government of revenue in the process. Ghana is currently negotiating a timber trade agreement with the European Union, its biggest export market for timber. The hope is that the deal will reduce illegal logging, reverse the devastation of its forests and halt the slide in timber sales to Europe.

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