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The Illegal Rosewood Trade in Asia

The black market for valuable exotic woods continues to be a huge problem

The first step necessary for combating this issue is for us all to be properly informed

October, 2019

Even though all rosewoods are currently listed and protected under CITES since 2016, there remains a large trade in illegal rosewood harvesting. CITES level II does not mean the species cannot be harvested, but it does require that the trees be inspected and approved by a government official who determines that harvesting those trees does not endanger the survival of the species. If that system works properly, there is a limit on the number and percentage of trees harvested, they select only mature trees near their end of life while always leaving behind superior specimens for a long term seed supply. This is possible, but it does not stop illegal harvesting because the value keeps increasing so poachers will find a way to get the trees.

My only issue with this article in this link is that they refer to the large percentage of rosewood coming from Africa, which can only be kosso. It is not a true rosewood, and is not an endangered species, and has nowhere near the value of true rosewoods. It is however being cut in large numbers and I suspect will be on the CITES list sooner rather than later. But in order to fight to save these species, we must be as accurate as possible when talking about them. The facts as they are should be enough to explain the problems, and we do not need to exaggerate or misinform.

Read the article here.

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