A rapid assessment of the illegal timber trade across the ruvuma river on the tanzania and mozambique border
The kiaat tree (Pterocarpus angolensis, also called “bloodwood”) releases red sap when cut.
Six years after a widely publicized study revealed the extensive illegal timber trade in southern Tanzania, illicit practices in the forestry sector remain. This brief summarizes findings from recent research that found illegal practices continue in the southern part of the country, including at the border with Mozambique. Illegal forestry practices result in a significant loss of revenue for the country and forest-dependent communities, harm conservation efforts, and support an ongoing culture of corruption.
Report by Emmanuel Sulle