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Senegal: Illegal logging is threatening Casamance forest

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This handout aerial picture shows the logs depot in the Gambian town of Sare Bodjo, few kilometres from the Senegal border.
This handout aerial picture shows the logs depot in the Gambian town of Sare Bodjo, few kilometres from the Senegal border. Haidar El Ali/Oceanium/AFP

Deforestation is threatening Senegal due to illegal logging on the border with The Gambia. An investigation in June revealed that Chinese rosewood imports from Gambia, Senegal’s enclaved neighbor, were the second highest in the whole of West Africa, second only to Nigeria between 2010 and 2015. Yet the Gambia has nearly no forest cover. According to a local NGO, the general misuse of resources across the country is rampant.

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