Harvested Rosewood up for Sale Print E-mail
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Thursday, 11 April 2013 00:00

On Tuesday April 9th, the Government of Belize announced that rosewood that has already been harvested in the country will be allowed to be exported.

According to a release, rosewood that was harvested during the moratorium period will be able to be exported during the period of 8th April to 26th April. During this period, those people who have rosewood in their possession will be allowed to sell the lumber and thereafter it will be exported. This however will have to be done with the approval of the ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development. While the ministry had confiscated a significant amount of rosewood that was harvested during the moratorium period, it is believed that there are still individuals who are holding the precious wood and the period announced will allow for those persons to come forward and identify their stock to the Ministry of Forestry who will then approve the sale of the wood.

Meanwhile however the moratorium is still in effect and only the rosewood that has already been harvested will be allowed to be sold. Those who are caught harvesting rosewood will be met with the full extent of the law.

As for the exportation of the wood, it will be led by the government of Belize with proceeds of the sale fetching as much as if not more than 50 percent of the value of the product.

On the 14th of March, 2013, at the sixteenth session of the Conference of the Parties on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) a decision was taken to regulate the international trade of rosewood and that harvest and exportation of rosewood from Belize will fall under the CITES regulations.