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Rosewood Being Dragged to the River

MADAGASCAR. A thousand cuts: The trade in rosewood surged in Madagascar after a March 2009 coup d’état. In the northeast, Masaola National Park and the Makira Reserve have been plundered for precious hardwoods, with logs dragged by hand to rivers for transport to the coast. A raft of five or six logs from lightweight trees is needed to float each heavy log of rosewood, multiplying the damage to forests. Most rosewood log exports are now bound for China, where they are fashioned into furniture. Elsewhere on the island, the vigilance of community forest management associations established by USAID and its partners has kept illegal activities at bay. Photo by anonymous


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Uploaded on September 24, 2010