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    Gambia impounds timber logs bound for export

    APA-Banjul (The Gambia)

    The Gambia government has confirmed the seizure of logs of timber as they were bound for export from different parts of the country.

    The Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources said on Wednesday that the seizure of the logs in Central, Lower and Upper River regions was prompted by the continuous felling of trees despite a ban on their exportation.

    The ministry did not reveal the exact quantity of the logs seized but warned that those found flouting the ban would not be spared by the law.

    Gambia’s erstwhile government under former President Yahya Jammeh banned timber exports last year, following a public outcry including in Senegal from where most of the logs were smuggled into the country for export to China by Chinese investors.

    The logs are mainly acquired from neighbouring Senegal’s southern province of Casamance which borders The Gambia. 

    The new government of Adama Barrow continues to enforce the ban.


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