Sierra Leone suspends timber export

Trucks in Cameroon ferry timber to Douala seaport for export on a daily basis (PHOTO: Elias Ntungwe)
Trucks in Cameroon ferry timber to Douala seaport for export on a daily basis (PHOTO: Elias Ntungwe)

The newly-elected President of Sierra Leone, Mr Julius Bio, on Wednesday issued a directive ordering the suspension of timber export.

According to the presidential directive issued by State House, the suspension is part of the government’s strategy to fight deforestation in the country.

Former President Ernest Koroma suspended the export of timber in 2013, but lifted it in early 2017 in the build-up to the 2018 elections.

Although timber logging has created many jobs for Sierra Leonean youths, environmental activists have welcomed the suspension and called on the government to make the suspension a permanent ban.

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