Mozambique moves to protect hardwood forests with new law… 

The law is expected to halt the devastation of the southern African country’s forests which is experiencing depletion….

Under the new law, which will come into effect on 1 January 2017, semi-processed timber (such as beams, planks and parquet) may be exported, but will be subject to an export tax….

China is the main importer of wood from Mozambique – and there have been incidents of Chinese nationals participating in logging without a licence. Chinese traders according to the environmental research organization, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) accountred for over 90% of Mozambican timber exports…..

We have seized more illegal wood in one year than Mozambique has since independence. …

Source: Fabio Scala/ Africa News, December 2016


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