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Panama and Madagascar ask United Nations-backed body to regulate trade in hardwood species under Cites

Friday, September 30, 2011

The secretariat of the United Nations-backed convention governing trade in endangered species said that Madagascar and Panama have requested that it regulate the import and export of 91 hardwood species in a bid to curb the rising trade in illegally acquired high-quality wood.

The listing of ebony wood and rosewood species in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) will facilitate detection of fraud and make critical trade information available to exporting and importing countries, according to Cites.

All cross-border shipments now have to be authorized by the issuance of a document certifying the origin of the products covered by the listing.

Original source: United Nations