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Logging of Rare Rosewood and Palisandre (Dalbergia spp.) within Marojejy National Park, Madagascar

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dc.contributor.author Patel, Erik R.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-14T21:15:42Z
dc.date.available 2011-01-14T21:15:42Z
dc.date.issued 2007 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/6813
dc.description.abstract "Illegal logging of precious wood has emerged as one of the most severe threats to Madagascar’s northeastern rainforests. Thousands of logs, worth millions of dollars, have recently been confiscated at ports of Vohémar, Antalaha, and Toamasina. This report details the logging of rare, endemic rosewood and palisandre (Dalbergia baronii, D. louveli, and D. madagascariensis) within the eastern and northeastern portions of Marojejy National Park, Madagascar. Harvesting these heavy hardwoods is a labor intensive activity requiring coordination between local residents who manually cut the trees, but receive little profit, and a criminal network of exporters, domestic transporters, and corrupt officials who initiate the process and reap most of the profits. Structured interviews of residents identified three major perceived causes: decline in value of the local vanilla cash crop, extremely high value of rosewood, and local poverty. The impacts of such selective logging include violating local taboos as well as ecological consequences such as increased likehood of fire, invasive species, impaired habitat, and loss in genetic diversity. Recommendations include listing D. louveli under CITES Appendix III, increasing the involvement of the judicial system, no future authorizations for the gathering of precious wood, reforestation, and extensive monitoring along strategic roadways." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject logging en_US
dc.subject rain forests en_US
dc.subject ecological economics en_US
dc.title Logging of Rare Rosewood and Palisandre (Dalbergia spp.) within Marojejy National Park, Madagascar en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region Africa en_US
dc.coverage.country Madagascar en_US
dc.subject.sector Forestry en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Madagascar Conservation and Development en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 2 en_US
dc.identifier.citationpages 11-16 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 1 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth December en_US

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