Illegal loggers operating in state-owned conservation forests are “terrorists” who must be severely punished, according to Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya.
This video presents an update of the situation in Madagascar. The author describes how, even though the transitional government signed a decree in March 2010 implementing a ban on felling, transportation and export of all precious timbers illegally sourced from the country's protected areas is continuing.
Click here for a link to the video (2 minutes, 40 seconds).
To see an Environmental Investigation Agency video clip in which timber buyers in China claim to deal 'directly with the president of Madagascar' and to read more about the discovery of 10,000 people currently pillaging Masoala National Park, follow this link to Wild Madagascar (on mongabay.com).
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.