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How Corruption & Collusion Fuel Illegal Rosewood Trade in Ghana

The Environmental Investigation Agency documents a massive institutionalized timber trafficking scheme in Ghana, enabled by high-level corruption and collusion. The new EIA report "BAN-BOOZLED: How Corruption and Collusion Fuel Illegal Rosewood Trade in Ghana" reveals how despite a comprehensive ban in place since March 2019, the dry forests and rural communities of Ghana are still the victims of rosewood plundering. EIA estimates that since 2012, over 540,000 tons of rosewood - the equivalent of 23,478 twenty-foot containers or approximately 6 million trees - were illegally harvested and imported into China from Ghana while bans on harvest and trade have been in place.

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Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA-U.S)' estimates that since 2012, over 540,000 tons of rosewood – the equivalent of 23,478 twenty-foot containers or approximately 6 million trees – were illegally harvested and imported into China from Ghana while bans on harvest and trade have been in place.

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