African states agree to combat illegal timber trade
Madera ilegal incautada en el sur de Tanzania . Caoba africana ( Afzelia quanzesis)
Five African countries have agreed to jointly address the huge loss of forests caused by illegal logging and trade. The national forest agencies of Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda signed the Zanzibar declaration on Illegal Trade in Timber and Other Forest Products during the World Forest Congress in Durban in September. Convened by WWF, TRAFFIC and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the agreement aims to build cooperative transboundary action to counter the illegal trade, which is causing huge environmental and economic damage. WWF’s remote-sensing analysis reveals that forest loss in the period 2010–2012 amounted to 2.3 million hectares in Mozambique and 2 million hectares in Tanzania.