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Vol 55 No 6

Published 21st March 2014


Huge rise in illegal logging

A Maputo university study has gathered hard figures on illegal timber and revealed a massive and unexpected increase

A study by Maputo's Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (UEM) has uncovered an 88% increase in illegal logging since 2007. Funded by the European Union, the report shows that enforcement measures are being ignored and that official estimates of sustainable harvesting limits are far too high. Officially, the report was finalised last October but the text downplayed the most dramatic conclusions. It was released, after lengthy delays, in such a way as to attract as little attention as possible. Only now are its findings becoming known and a new press release on it was issued this month.

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