GHANA'S LANDS AND NATURAL RESOURCES MINISTRY LAUDED FOR BAN ON EXPORT OF ROSEWOOD, TEAK
Last Updated: 2012-09-11
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ACCRA, Sept 11 (NNN-GNA) -- The Centre for Environmental Protection and Natural Resource (CEPNR), an environmental non-governmental organization (NGO), has commended Ghana's Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources for its temporary ban on the export of rosewood and teak.

The ministry has indicated that large quantities of these timber are being exported illegally to Asia and other destinations, hence the need to carry out verification of all export documents of timber products before shipment.

In order to control the illicit trade, the ministry has set up a 12-member task-force to facilitate the verification process.

CEPNR Executive Director Bernice Welbeck said in a statement here Monday that the organization welcomed the move as some members of the timber industry are denting the image of the business, hence the need for urgent measures to streamline the way of doing things.

the NGP alleged that an investigation it conducted showed that some of the threats facing the country’s forest resources were artificially created by some public officials who were illegally aiding the degradation of the environment for their personal interests.

Some exporters who had no concessions were exporting timber, thus depriving the State of huge revenue through their illegal activities.

The statement also said the country’s forests were being destroyed by illegal foreign miners whilst other foreign nationals were engaged in illicit lumbering. -- NNN-GNA