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Stop Exploiting Africa (Part 3) - Illegal Rosewood Export

by Justice Obiri | 23-09-2019 10:55 recommendations 0

Yes you read the title right, the illegal trade of rosewood (an endangered species of timber) is still ongoing despite the numerous effort by environmental activists and some international organizations to enforce the ban placed on it, a Washington based Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report can confirm. 

This throws light on how enforcement of laws to protect mother nature is difficult down here in Ghana. And as I reported some months ago in my Stop Exploiting Africa Series, the foreign nationals behind the purchasing of these rosewood are Chinese nationals, this the EIA report can again confirm.

The government in Ghana has currently setup a committee to look at this pressing matter but I do not believe this will do any good. 

I have never seen a bushfire in Ghana before, the only time a bush catches fire in my country is when somebody intentionally starts a fire in the bush and even with that, it does not burn for long before it is put off, this cannot be compared to the bushfires that occur outside Africa as result of climate change and a typical example is the Amazon Forest Fire. 

As a friend of all, I would advice that we Stop Exploiting Africa because the effects of doing that would be felt by each and everyone of us through Climate Change.


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  • Hema Sapkota says :
    Hello Justice

    I hope you are doing well!
    Nice report
    Keep writing
    Thank you so much for this report!

    Looking forward to reading some more reports.
    Green cheers!

    Best regards
    Posted 19-03-2020 11:26

  • Susmita Horticulturist says :
    Hello justice
    Very nice
    Thank you so much for this report
    Posted 26-02-2020 21:36

  • Asmita Gaire says :
    Greetings justice
    I hope you are doing well

    Thank you so much for this report!
    this is truly a serious problem. Thank you so much for mentioning about it.

    I hope to read more from you!

    Green cheers
    Asmita Gaire
    Posted 29-01-2020 19:39

Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello Justice

    I do hope that you are fine and doing great with your works.
    Thank you for your report about Stop Exploiting Africa (Part 3) - Illegal Rosewood Export

    Green Cheers from Nepal :)
    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.

    Kushal Naharki

    Posted 04-10-2019 18:41

  • Justice Obiri says :
    Thanks for the comments, they are all we appreciated by me.
    Posted 29-09-2019 13:02

  • Hyeongmin Mentor says :
    Hi Justice!
    Both the loggers and the purchasers are responsible for the deforestation and must immediately stop cutting trees. In 20th century, people exploited the nature and in 21st century, the earth has started to respond wildly. Human society should preserve the huge forests in Africa and Amazon.
    Thank you for the great report!

    Posted 27-09-2019 18:20

  • Lisa Mentor says :
    Dear Justice,
    hello this is Lisa:)

    I could not help but read your article as soon as I saw the title of it! I really think that strong opinions and assertions do help people to pay more attention to the climate issue:)

    Africa has been exploited for a long time for various reasons by so many people all over the world. I believe that anyone would agree to this idea. Yet, it is our job to make these people change their actions with the awareness that these are some really serious issues. Yes, governments should act but sometimes policies and institutions are not enough to make real changes. I believe that public awareness and recognition are what complement these formal changes and it's our job to make these cognitive changes happen!
    Let's all work hard until we see some green love in this world:)

    Thanks for the great article and keep up the good work!

    Your Lisa
    Posted 24-09-2019 13:41

  • Preeti Karki says :
    This is a serious issue . Thank you for raising such topic.
    Posted 23-09-2019 21:53


  • ALOK DHAKAL says :
    Great words!!
    Posted 23-09-2019 15:46

  • Sandhya Adhikari says :
    Hello Justice,
    I do hope you are fine there and doing great with your works.
    The illegal exporting of rosewood is one of the most serious problems, you had clearly stated about it, all the environment concerned personalities as well as concerned people must be aware of the fact about illegal buying and should stop it. China can also seek alternatives of buying it, so that biodiversity of Africa can be preserved,
    Thanks for the great Report,
    Posted 23-09-2019 15:28

Meena Pandey

  • Meena Pandey says :
    Great words Justice Obiri!!!
    What I personally felt that ,what if China find alternative of buying Rosewoods?Lets act to protect it from our small hands.The environmental activitists must be cooperated.We shouldnot violent their works.
    Thanks for the great Discussion.
    I hope to know more from you.
    Warm regards,
    Meena Pandey

    Green Cheers

    Posted 23-09-2019 13:52

  • Jaewon Chang says :
    Wow! Well written article. I agree that roseword exporting is a serious problem that needs to be solved
    Posted 23-09-2019 12:53

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