Environmental Investigation Agency: Almost Half of Timber Exported From Mozambique to China is Illegal

by Colonel on February 7, 2013

“The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) said its investigation showed that Mozambican politicians and Chinese traders were systematically involved in timber smuggling and illegal logging.

Many foreign companies, including Chinese-owned, are tapping into its natural resources, although critics say that most poor people are not benefiting from the surge in business.

The EIA said its undercover investigation showed that China’s demand for raw timber was having a devastating impact on Mozambique, and over the past six years there had been a clear pattern of illegal logging and timber smuggling.

High-level politicians, working with Chinese traders, were continuously breaching Mozambique’s export and forest laws, the EIA added.

Of all the Mozambican timber exported to China last year, 48% was thought to have come from illegal logging, resulting in a loss of tens of millions of dollars a year in tax revenues, it said.

” — Copyright 2013 BBC

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