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China’s Appetite For Wood Is Devastating West Africa’s Forest

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AFRICANGLOBE - Conservation researcher Hazel Chapman tells us about the alarming pace of woodland destruction in Nigeria and elsewhere in West Africa — fueled by a highly valued tree species. The rampant logging of Rosewood (Pterocarpus erinaceus) — a valuable timber used for luxury furniture — is devastating woodlands in Nigeria and beyond in West Africa. And where is the Rosewood going? To China, of course, the world’s biggest timber importer.
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