Madagascar Diary: 600 Illegally Harvested Rosewood Logs Hidden In the Tampolo Protected Area

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From NEWSMADA

les actus de Madagascar

 

Friday, June 21, 2013 14:44 – Traffic rosewood 600 logs seized Fénérive East

‘Traffic Rosewood continues. No later than Monday, logs were intercepted Fenoarivo Atsinanana. 

Despite the decree prohibiting the cutting, harvesting, transport and sale and export of precious wood, some people are struggling to ignore these provisions. As proof, 600 rosewood logs have just been seized Monday Tampolo Fenoarivo Atsinanana.

According to an informed source, the amount of precious wood was transported in two dump trucks belonging to a large bus company, before being abandoned in the forest Tampolo for reasons that remain undetermined date.

Witnesses reported seeing the two heavyweights taking the national 5. “A 13 km Fenoarivo Atsinanana they forked to the left and took the road to the forest Tampolo where they landed their cargo,” the source said.

 

 A leading figure in the game?

 

Probably to avoid any check on the road, traffickers have hidden the 600 logs under tons of gravel. It is not known why they decided to get rid of “the goods” on the way.

As strange as it may seem, a man in uniform accompanied the drivers in this maneuver as shady incongruous. After getting rid of their cargo, all these people left the scene as if nothing happened.

Soon alerted the local authorities have decided to take the 600 logs that were immediately transferred to the premises of the Regional Directorate of Water and Forests.

According to indiscretions, a person would have made the office of the region in order to bribe some officials to recover the goods. Moreover, according to gossip, the rosewood seized belong to a high official in the capital but nothing is less certain, since the investigation has just begun.’

 Mparany

This is a translation of the original French. CLICK HERE for a link to the article in French

Lemur are the most endangered primates in the world. The biggest threat to their survival continues to be deforestation due to illegal logging and slash and burn agriculture.

The Lemur Conservation Foundation is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of the primates of Madagascar through captive breeding, scientific research, and education.

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