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Mahogany Decision No Ban
2002.11.18


Mahogany Decision No Ban


A proposal was adopted last week by parties to the U.N. Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to list Big-leaf mahogany (S. macrophylla) on CITES Appendix II -effective 12 months from now. According to the International Wood Products Association, the measure offers double assurances to exporters, importers and their customers that the mahogany they purchase comes from well-managed forests and is legally harvested. The IWPA says the CITES listing is not a ban or a boycott. "Mahogany can continue to be harvested in a sustainable manner, and traded, and consumers can continue to enjoy the use of this beautiful species in perpetuity," said a spokesman. The association believes trade will continue because there is plenty of mahogany available - pointing to 'extensive' research clearly showing that Big-leaf mahogany is regenerating. The natural range of the species extends across 235 million hectares in Latin America, primarily in Brazil, Bolivia and Peru. And the actual volume of mahogany in international trade is less than 1% of the estimated stocks.


Source: IWPA

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