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.
A group of Cambodian civil society organizations has petitioned the European Union to reconsider signing an agreement on timber trade with Vietnam, saying that the country has not done enough to stop the flow of illegally-cut Cambodian wood across its borders.
A court in Hong Kong doled out a three-month sentence on Monday to a woman for importing a 29-ton shipment of endangered Honduran rosewood, the news portal Coconuts HK reported.
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis signed a law on Monday defining illegal logging and any action “which endangers the country’s water, forests and lands” as a national security threat, reported Balkan Insight.
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