How China Fuels Deforestation In Nigeria, West Africa

The Ngel Nyaki Forest Reserve in Taraba State, Nigeria. (Photo: Matt-W NZ)

The Ngel Nyaki Forest Reserve in Taraba State, Nigeria. (Photo: Matt-W NZ)

Chinese demand for Nigerian rosewood has created a lucrative, yet illegal commercial logging sector in Nigeria’s eastern states. The Nigerian government has chosen profits over environmental protection or the rule of law. Corruption that ranges from bribery of forestry guards to misrepresentation of logging shipments bound for Chinese ports has created the conditions for illegal logging to continue—at least until resources run out and loggers move to the next state. The extensive environmental impacts of illegal logging include increased flooding, erosion, and the removal of animal and plant ecosystems, which leaves certain species facing extinction. Illegal logging also denies communities a source of food and livelihoods.

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