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Senegal govt warns against Casamance deforestation

Senegal govt warns against Casamance deforestation

Senegal

The Senegalese government on Sunday said it will take “strong action” against excessive cutting of wood in Casamance, in the south of the country.

This follows a warning that the Casamance forest faces depletion in the next two years.

In May, Senegal’s former environment minister and activist Haidar El Ali gave a disturbing account of the rapid depletion of the forest, due to illegal timber sales from Senegal to Gambia.

The country’s defence Minister Augustin Tine on Sunday said the state will act with strong measures to end (this) situation in a few days.

The government says the country has lost more than a million trees since 2010, while operators based in the Gambia pocketed over $240m by exporting the wood to China, where demand for furniture has exploded in recent years.

Agencies