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Sierra Leone bans timber exports

Date : 14th January 2008, Source : ENN

FREETOWN (Reuters) - Sierra Leone's government has banned the exportation of timber after "indiscriminate destruction" by Chinese and other foreign businessmen, a senior official said on Monday. Hassan Mohammed, deputy director of the forestry ministry, said Chinese loggers had wreaked havoc in the savannahs of northern Sierra Leone by chopping down fire-resistant trees for export. The Pterocarpus erinaceus, also known as barwood, is valued by Asian woodcarvers but is becoming increasingly rare in West Africa. "Because of the indiscriminate destruction by some Chinese businessmen and other foreign nationals, the government has banned the exportation of timber from Sierra Leone," he told Reuters in an interview.

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