The Environmental Investigation Agency has claimed that almost 6 million Ghanaian rosewood trees have been illegally traded to China despite the 2012’s ban.
Rosewood trees belong to endangered species which needs the timespan of hundred years to grow. Industries in Beijing usually used its timber to create imperial-style furniture.
EIA reports also accused those corrupt officials in Ghana for counterfeiting documents to permit the timber. It also said that though Ghana has placed a ban on rosewood trees cutting and export in 2012 but the practice didn’t stop yet.
According to EIA, more than 540,000 tons of rosewood illegally cut down and delivered to Beijing from Ghana. China’s insatiable demand for the rare species trees has compelled Ghana and other African countries to export the material to China. It involved a huge institutionalized Ghanaian rosewood timber trafficking plan, permitted by corrupt officials. The practice further leading Ghana towards desertification crisis.
Environmental Investigation Agency also insisted on the suspension of illegal rosewood trade in West Africa. It also requested China to follow international treaties on rare species. Two months ago, Gabon dismissed its forestry minister and vice-president after 300 containers of rosewood found disappeared.
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