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Tackling the Illegal Rosewood Trade in Madagascar

Chatham House, London

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Hon Ralava Beboarimisa, Minister of Environment, Ecology, Sea and Forest, Republic of Madagascar
Chair: Alison Hoare, Senior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House


Illegal logging of rosewood in Madagascar continues, fuelled by rising demand in East Asia and facilitated by inconsistent international legislation. In February 2014, Madagascar’s new president Hery Rajaonarimampianina affirmed his commitment to tackling the illegal rosewood trade; however there have been few convictions over the past year.  

At this private roundtable, Hon Ralava Beboarimisa, Madagscar's minister of environment, ecology, sea and forest, will discuss political will and policy options for countering the illegal logging trade, and dealing with the stockpiles of confiscated wood.