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African countries agree to curb illegal timber trade in the Congo Basin

23/10/2013 - 

Governments from Africa's main timber producing countries, together with timber industry representatives and civil society organizations agreed to jointly combat illegal timber trade in the Congo Basin, FAO said today following an international wood industry meeting in Brazzaville.

At an international forum held in Congo's capital Brazzaville from 21-22 October, representatives of six African countries - the Republic of the CongoCameroon, theCentral African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the CongoCôte d'Ivoire andGabon - adopted the Brazzaville Declaration, marking an unprecedented commitment towards the sustainable and legal development of the wood industry in the region.