24 July 2014
China’s insatiable demand for timber has led to illegal and unsustainable logging of Mozambique’s forests, costing the country millions of dollars in lost duties and taxes and affecting impoverished rural communities, a report released Wednesday said.
A staggering 93 per cent of logging in 2013 in Mozambique, one of the world’s least developed nations, was illegal, fuelled by poor law enforcement, endemic corruption, insufficient funding and incompetent leadership, said the UK-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA).
“All of this crime and environmental mismanagement has robbed Mozambique’s rural poor and wider population of $146 million” in terms of lost taxes since 2007, the report said.
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