Chinese Furniture Fashion Ravages West Africa’s Savannas

  • Seven of China’s biggest rosewood suppliers are in Africa
  • Logging and export bans are flouted as smugglers thrive

Rosewood logs are unloaded at a Chinese wood exporter's site in Yopougon in 2013.

Photographer: Sia Kambou/AFP via Getty Images

No one paid much attention to the gnarled, yellow-blossomed rosewood trees dotted around farmsteads in northern Ivory Coast until Chinese-backed buyers started offering money for the timber.

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