Madagascar’s new business proposal for ridding itself of its vast stockpiles of illegally-harvested rosewood was met with a resounding “no” from a committee that regulates world trade in endangered species, because the proposal involved paying off local timber barons.
Leaders from 80 countries recognized wildlife trafficking as organized crime, theInternational Institute for Sustainable Development reported on Tuesday.
In the wake of an OCCRP report detailing unsavory links between Madagascar’s government and its voracious rosewood traders, the World Bank is contesting conclusions that its policies are helping to facilitate the region’s illegal logging boom.
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