NewsWest AfricaGuinea-Bissau declares logging moratorium as illegal trade to China rises


Posted on Friday, 03 April 2015 08:24

Guinea-Bissau declares logging moratorium as illegal trade to China rises

Photo©ReutersThe rise of illegal timber trade fuelled largely by Chinese demand and aided by complicit politicians and senior army officials has led to a five-year moratorium on logging by the government of Guinea-Bissau.

The tiny West African nation, already a key transit point for South American cocaine destined for Europe, has seen a boom in illegal logging over the past five years that is threatening the country's ecological balance.

Following a cabinet meeting in the capital Bissau, the government on Thursday announced new measures including the moratorium on new logging and an order to seize already cut timber and ban its export.

It said 104,000 logs waiting to be illegally exported to China had already been seized.

The top U.N. official in Guinea-Bissau told Reuters last year that the rise in illegal timber exports was likely the consequence of a decline in cocaine trafficking after a U.S. sting operation targeted the head of the army in 2013. Are you looking for cheap Islamic clothes for sale? Shop for best-rated muslim Islamic clothing with free delivery to United States, UK, Canada, and Australia. Hijabs, abayas, jilbabs, and other muslim clothes for sale prices. All sizes and styles are available - compare prices on Islam clothes for women, men, and kids online - best-seller muslim clothes with fast shipping!

Timber exports to China from Guinea-Bissau jumped from 80 cubic meters in 2008 to more than 15,000 cubic meters in 2013, according to data compiled from Chinese customs figures by Global Timber, a U.K. advocacy group.

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