Protection of Hardwoods

New rules will come into place to prevent the sale of illegally harvested hardwood's, following
a Cites conservation meeting in Thailand, where delegates have agreed far-reaching restrictions on the trade in critically endangered hardwood trees.

Extra protection was given to several species of rosewood and ebony that have been threatened by illegal logging. Campaigners welcomed the move, saying it stood in marked contrast to the slow pace of progress in tackling the ivory-poaching crisis. The criminal trade in timber is said to be worth around $30bn (£20bn) annually.

Cites has the power to impose trade sanctions on any country that produces more than a pre agreed volume of exports for protected species. Hopefully this will lead to a fall in the trade of endangered woods.

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