Zhou Jinfeng on Madagascar’s mahogany: Burning?Continue as inventory?

2022-05-14 0 By

At Madagascar’s request, the United Nations Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has published an advisory on the status of Madagascar rosewood logs intercepted in Kenya in May 2014 and on rosewood stocks from Madagascar.The Translation was published by the China Foundation for Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development, which acts as a CITES observer.The background is that in May 2014, Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) intercepted at Mombasa port 34 containers from Madagascar bound for The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China, which contained about 4,400 mahogany roots (640 tonnes) with an estimated value of us $12.8 million.In November 2021, a Kenyan court ordered the stockpile released and returned to a company based in Hong Kong, China.According to CITES, exporting rosewood from Madagascar violates Madagascar’s CITES obligations.Madagascar also has zero export quotas for specimens of Dalbergia SPP. And Diospyros SPP.In addition, at the 66th Session of the Standing Committee held in Geneva in January 2016, Madagascar confirmed that these mahogany logs were illegally exported from Madagascar.So, what now?Interested parties seek the help of GREEN Development China.I want to say a few things about that.First of all, the mahogany has been cut down.The reason why we have imposed an embargo, burned rosewood and seized it for storage is to warn the whole world not to do this kind of ecological damage. Therefore, we should continue to do this and let people know that it should not be done through international law and publicity from all aspects.But what next?Should it be burned or kept as stock?We did not object to the original ivory burning, but we believe that a more civilized approach would be to not let the ecological value that has been lost go to waste under the precondition of adequate sanctions and prevention of illegal activities, including the prevention of similar damage in the future.For example, we don’t approve of redwood burning.Because incineration, in addition to the original loss of ecological value, but also for global warming “contribution” of carbon dioxide emissions;Permanent storage is not the best way.The best way is to make them create double value and play a maximum role in the present, and support the restoration of natural ecology after alerting and preventing.Under this basic logic, I believe that we should immediately organize resources to restore resources and ecology at a time when the resources of our human planet are extremely limited and we are facing the challenges of drastic changes.If 600 tons of mahogany can be turned into funds to support conservation in Madagascar, I think that’s a good and important way too.Of course, there will be a lot of controversy here, just like the 39 buildings in Haihua Island were ordered to be demolished.We believe that for the fact that the illegal has been caused, more objectively speaking, we pursue the best, the best effect for the whole ecology, should follow this way of handling.We should go to case by case, discussion, but should never be incinerated, also should never be sealed permanently.Because there are costs to permanent sequestration.We think the sensible and correct conclusion would be to maximise its use for conservation – to complement Madagascar’s biodiversity.Article/Green review /YJ Ed. / Angel