Authorities in Madagascar conduct raids to uncover illegal rosewood

/ Wildmadagascar.org

Authorities in Madagascar over the weekend launched a series of raids to uncover rosewood and other precious hardwoods illegally logged from the country's national parks in the aftermath of a March military coup.

Authorities in Madagascar over the weekend launched a series of raids to uncover rosewood and other precious hardwoods illegally logged from the country’s national parks in the aftermath of a March military coup.

Illicit logs were found buried at several sites and were seized by authorities. The timber is now under guard and several people have been questioned and detained in connection with the seizures. Some of Madagascar’s business and political elite are said to be involved in the trafficking, although details are still sparse at this time. More information should be coming soon.

Madagascar’s national parks were pillaged for their hardwoods in the months following the coup that displaced President Marc Ravalomanana. A subsequent investigation into the extent of logging found that thousands of hectares of protected rainforest were affected.

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