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Protection Measures for Threatened Rosewood Trees Start This Week

A number of threatened tree species have been given a new lease on life. At its 18th Conference of the Parties (CoP18) in August 2019, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) granted protection to several species - adding them to Appendix II of the binding global wildlife treaty. Among the new species to be regulated are mukula rosewood (Pterocarpus tinctorius), found in Central and Southern Africa; the critically endangered mulanje cedar from Malawi (Widdringtonia whytei); and the widely traded Spanish cedar genus (Cedrela spp.)... Starting this week the timber can be internationally traded only with a special CITES permit, issuance of which is contingent upon the timber having been harvested legally... Read more

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  • The Mukula Crisis

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    EIA
    Publisher:
    EIA
    Publication Date:
    25 November 2019

    A number of threatened tree species have been given a new lease on life. At its 18th Conference of the Parties (CoP18) in August 2019, the Convention ... see more »

"According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), rosewood is the single-most smuggled wildlife product in the world"

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