120 tons of rosewood seized in Mauritius repatriated to Madagascar

Six containers of rosewood weighing 120 tons seized in Mauritius in June 2011, were repatriated to Madagascar, Malagasy government officials said on Friday.

rosewood logging
Rosewood logging

“The six containers of rosewood seized in Mauritius arrived finally at the port of Toamasina Thursday after long negotiations with Mauritius government,” Madagascar’s minister of Environment Ralava Beboarimisa said.

rosewood logging
rosewood logging
The visit of Madagascar’s President Hery Rajaonarimampianina in Mauritius in mid-March 2016 contributed to the repatriation of this Madagascar’s rosewood, Ralava Beboarimisa added.

These woods will be secured by Madagascar’s Customs with others already seized in the port of Toamasina, 360 kilometers northeast of the Madagascar’s capital Antananarivo, the minister of Finance and Budget Gervais Rakotoarimanana said.

“We can issue the tender to sell these precious woods after the next report on the meeting of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in July 2016,” Gervais Rakotoarimanana added.

Actually, Madagascar wanted to sell 28,700 logs of rosewoods officially seized in the country but it was forbidden by CITES, the president of Alliance Voahary Gasy NGO Razakamanarina Ndranto said.

Stocks of rosewoods declared by businessmen to Madagascar’s administration went up from 200,000 logs in 2011 to 300,000 logs currently. “This increase concerned the CITES which asked explanation from Madagascar until July,” Ndrato Razakarimanana said.

Precious wood from Madagascar especially the rosewood were victim of looting during the last six years. A law prohibiting the cutting, moving and export of rosewood was already issued in 2010 to dampen even to stop these massive traffic of rosewood but it had no effect to prevent the scourge.

Other efforts, as the creation of a special court for rosewood by the government and the donation of four speedboats by the World Bank early in March 2016, were also seen in Madagascar but Ndrato Razakarimanana testified that the illegal traffic of rosewood still continues in the country. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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