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Friday
Jan182008

Sierra Leone bans timber exports

A logging ban has been introduced in Sierra Leone to try and stop further damage to the nation's forests caused by Chinese loggers, reports Reuters

Sierra Leone president vows to halt forest damage
18 January 2008


MONROVIA (Reuters) - Sierra Leone will ban timber exports until at least March to help the West African country halt damage to its tropical forests and climate, President Ernest Bai Koroma said.

Sierra Leone suspended the export of wood in a surprise move on Monday, saying indiscriminate destruction by Chinese loggers in the country's north was wreaking havoc by triggering soil erosion that has displaced wildlife and local people.

"It was not the Chinese alone but we had a lot of logging activities which were uncontrolled," said Bai Koroma, who won a September election on promises to tackle corruption.

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