Since 2009, the impoverished island nation of Madagascar has fallen prey to a mafia a of illegal rosewood traders, threatening all that remains of its once pristine forests, home to some of the...
Illegal rosewood logging in Madagascar
Photographer Toby Smith talks about his pictures documenting the illegal logging trade in Madagascar, which he helped bring to the world's attention by going undercover with environmental groups. The US Environmental Investigation Agency intends to use Smith's pictures, along with other evidence gathered, to prosecute those responsible for creating the international market outside of Madagascar. This summer, the rainforests of Atsinanana in Madagascar were placed on Unesco's list of world heritage in danger.
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Assessing illegal logging
Chatham House is assessing the scale and effectiveness of the response to illegal logging and the related trade around the world. Full details of this work, including analysis and data, will be available online soon.