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Logging truck transporting kwila/merbau Intsia spp. and other species, Vanimo, PNG. © James Compton/TRAFFIC

Trade in merbau from major range States

Logging truck transporting kwila/merbau Intsia spp. and other species, Vanimo, PNG. © James Compton/TRAFFIC

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Published 12th March 2009

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Merbau records flawed

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 12th March 2009⎯Poor record keeping and illegal logging is raising concerns of over-exploitation of Merbau, finds a new report by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network.

Merbau, a tropical hardwood, is popular in Europe and elsewhere as a flooring material. Roughly 30,000 cubic metres of Merbau timber entered the EU in 2005, half of it direct from Indonesia, the remainder from Malaysia and, after processing, from China. 

Review of trade in merbau from major range States

Report author(s):
P.S. Tong, H.K. Chen, J. Hewitt, and A. Affre

Publication date:
March 2009