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Trafficking Bolabola rose wood : China (2/2)

In the Furniture Palace in Xianyou, replica to Forbidden City, Mr. Huang Fuhua proudly poses in front of an immense sign sculpted in dark wood from Madagascar, valued at 700 000 euros. The CEO of Sanfu Classical Furniture Craft owns a few factories and showrooms in the city. He imports his raw materials from Laos, India, and more recently from Africa and Madagascar. In the “Wood Street” in his workshops, Mr. Huang Fuhua’s teams work on these precious resources that make Xianyou one of biggest manufacturing centres of traditional furniture in China.

The appetite of these rich buyers seems without limits; in 10 years, China has multiplied by 10 the volume of imported rosewood. In 2012, this number has reached 757 000 cubic meters. Meanwhile, the forests of Masoala continue to be ravaged by traffickers, leading towards an ecological disaster of which we are yet to see all the consequences.

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