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West African Forestry Leaders Take Historic Action to Fight Illegal Rosewood Trade

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BISSAU, GUINEA-BISSAU | For the first time, representatives from 11 West African countries have agreed to take action aimed at curbing illegal rosewood logging and associated trade in the region. At the first international conference ever held in Guinea-Bissau, deputies from Economic Community of Western African States (ECOWAS) member countries Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo produced a series of precise recommendations to address what has become a critical issue throughout the region.