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Vol 1 (AAC) No 7

Published 1st May 2008

Chips off the old block

Rising demand in Asia for Africa's timber is fuelling corruption and environmental damage – especially in post-conflict countries

Asia's interest in Africa's forests is booming. Figures for 2003 showed that 42% of timber exports from West and Central Africa went to China, from almost nothing only a few years earlier: Gabon, Congo-Brazzaville, Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon were the main sources. The Africa-Asia forestry trade has expanded even faster.

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