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Liberia barcodes trees to log profits

Date : 14th May 2009, Source : BBC Link to News Story

Liberia is having its lumber trees tagged electronically as the government rushes to restart an industry overshadowed by market woes. Liberfor, a consortium of European firms and Liberia's Forestry Development Authority, is working overtime to kick-start a national industry previously worth 60% of the country's GDP. Thomas Pichet of SGS, Liberfor's logistics partner, explains: "The timber trade was halted by the UN six years ago after contractors were unable to demonstrate they had paid their taxes." That is after the years of abuse Liberia's forests suffered under former rebel leader Charles Taylor, who funded his civil war effort by pillaging lumber and diamonds.

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