03 Feb '12, 11pm

Caution urged in sale of Madagascar's illegal timber stockpiles via @mongabay

Caution urged in sale of Madagascar's illegal timber stockpiles via @mongabay

Caution urged in sale of Madagascar's illegal timber stockpiles wildmadagascar.org February 03, 2012 Red ruffed lemurs live in forest areas that were particularly hard hit by illegal logging in 2009 and 2010. Confiscated timber stocks in Madagascar must be managed in a "transparent manner" to deter future illegal logging and boosting demand for endangered rainforest timber, says a letter published by a coalition of NGOs. The letter, released today, is addressed to authorities in Madagascar as well as the World Bank, which is providing funds for environmental law enforcement, including a ban on ebony, rosewood, and palissander exports. Traders are currently sitting on large stockpiles of contraband timber that were amassed in the chaotic aftermath of a 2009 military coup when Madagascar's rainforest parks were invaded by illegal loggers. Illegal rosewood logging in Masoala ...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0203-contraband_rosewood_sa...

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