In the rural areas of West Africa, where the ongoing rosewood trade has been heaviest, more than 90% of the population depends on farming for survival. The forests where this species is being harvested produce and store over 90% of regional rainfall. Their role in water recycling for local distribution is higher than that of the Amazon and the forests of North America. Illegal logging has increased tenfold in the last five years, and is destroying entire ecosystems and food security across the region.
Over the last ten years, Cambodia's forests vanished faster than almost anywhere else in the world. N1M advisor, Ouch Leng, Chairman of CHRTF is calling on the Ministry of Environment and the Prime Minister Hun Sen to save Cambodia's forests that so many people depend on. To do so, the Cambodian government must close all sawmills in Cambodia's newly established protected forests, and in existing protected areas. Join us to call on the Cambodian government to shut down the sawmills, and save our forests!