MADAGASCAR PROPOSES PAYING ILLEGAL LOGGERS FOR ROSEWOOD
Madagascar's government is proposing to pay illegal loggers for access to their illicit stockpiles of rosewood in an effort to clear the way for the wood to be exported legally and eliminate all stockpiles of the wood to make it easier to keep tabs on any new logging. The illicit stockpiles are the product of a wave of illegal logging in the country's national parks during a political crisis surrounding a 2009 coup d'état. The rosewood could be worth tens or hundreds of millions of dollars on the international market, but Madagascar cannot sell it until it shows progress in enforcing its environmental laws. For the full story, see https://news.mongabay.com/2018/08/madagascar-proposes-paying-illegal-lo….