Rosewood remains a restricted wood species under Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and Ghana has a responsibility under the Convention to protect these species by controlling their exploitation.
The ministry says it has taken notice of the unfortunate practice whereby some unscrupulous individuals, Ghanaians and foreigners alike, who harvest Rosewood illegally, manage to participate in the lawful auction of such confiscated Rosewood by the Forestry Commission, and then disingenuously turn around to export the same Rosewood to the international market.
It has therefore directed that all confiscated Rosewood, be auctioned only to the domestic market and that no person who acquires Rosewood at such auction shall be permitted to export it outside the country.
The sector Minister has also asked the Forestry Commission to cease the issuance of CITES permits for the purposes of exporting Rosewood, whether the Rosewood was acquired legally or otherwise.
Police impounds two trucks of Rosewood at Damongo
Meanwhile two trucks of Rosewood have been impounded by officials of the Ghana Police Service at Damongo in the Savannah region.
The arrest of the two trucks was made on Sunday, June 28, 2021. The Savanah Regional Taskforce against rosewood trade has been on wild alert for the transport of the commodity.
Government through the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, it would be recalled, placed a ban on the transportation and trade of rosewood.
Meanwhile, the minister for lands and natural resources Samuel Abu Jinapor says the ministry is devising another strategy in dealing with confiscated rosewood which in many instances find its way back to the wrong hands.
Abu Jinapor made these known before the public accounts committee of parliament when he responded to some public interest questions from the committee.