Greenpeace welcomes Gambia’s decision to ban timber exports to combat trafficking

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Greenpeace Africa (Greenpeace.org/africa) commends the Gambian authorities after their decision (https://bit.ly/3IDI6xX) to ban timber exports to combat illegal logging.


A statement from the Gambian government issued on July 1, 2022 stated: “All existing permits issued for the export/re-export of timber are hereby permanently revoked” and added that “the export and re-export of timber is prohibited” in the country with immediate effect.


“Illegal and abusive logging of forests violates the rights of communities, who depend on them for their livelihoods. In addition to this, these forests are home to several protected species and carbon sinks for The Gambia. Other African countries should follow suit. good example of The Gambia. We encourage the Gambian authorities to also take the same measures for the management of fisheries resources,” said Dr. Aliou Ba, Head of Oceans Campaign at Greenpeace Africa.

“The protection of forests remains a priority because they are a treasure of biodiversity and contribute to the balance and health of our planet. It should also be noted that without forests, the earth would probably be a desert”, adds Irene Wabiwa Betoko , Greenpeace Africa Forestry Campaigner.


This decision echoes the call made by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to several States, including The Gambia, to suspend the trade in rosewood, a protected and particularly endangered species.


The Gambian government has also taken a series of strict measures to protect forests (https://bit.ly/3z6n0p2) and combat timber trafficking, including banning the logging and importing of protected species.

(With contributions from APO)

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