NEARLY HALF OF MOZAMBIQUE TO CHINA TIMBER IS ILLEGAL
A new report from the Environmental Investigation Agency suggests that 48 percent of timber sent to China from Mozambique's forest is illegal. The illicit logging, which the report blames on poor governance and widespread corruption, costs Mozambique $29 million in tax revenue. According to the report, "in 2012, the Mozambican Government registered 260,385 cubic meters of log and sawn timber exports to world markets, including China, while China alone registered 450,000 cubic meters of log and sawn timber imports from Mozambique." The Environmental Investigation Agency called on Mozambique to immediately ban log exports and start a number of illegal trade investigations, though it has already placed 22 of 118 commercial trees under partial bans. For the full story, see http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0207-hance-mozambique-logging.html.