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Four wood species and three butterfly species added to the CITES Convention

19-10-2010 -

The Department for the Environment would like to inform the Principality’s residents and retailers that four wood species and three butterfly species have been added to the appendices of CITES, the Washington Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. Their importation into Monaco is now subject to the issuance of a document certifying their origin.

These measures concern the following species of cedar: “Cedrela fissilis”, “Cedrela lilloi” and “Cedrela odorata”, known in the trade as “Spanish cedar” or “red mahogany”, widely used in the building industry and for the production of furniture, household utensils, musical instruments, veneering and plywood. They also concern “Korean Pine” (Pinus koraiensis), a species from eastern Asia and Japan highly prized in the wood industry and the “coco de mer” (Lodoicea maldivica).

Finally, three butterfly species, highly valued by collectors, are also concerned including the “Agrias amydon boliveinsis”.

Timber trees have only very recently been covered by CITES. However, as sections of the most precious wood forests are devastated, there has been increasing concern about the need to implement stricter control measures. The parties to CITES have already decided to add the big-leaf mahogany of Latin America, the ramin of South East Asia and the afromosia of Africa to Appendix II.

The FAO estimates that the world lost over 0.8 % of its tropical forests every year between 1980 and 1990. From 1990 to 2000, the annual loss of forest cover in many tropical countries continued to be significant, in many cases over 1 % per year.

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Department for the Environment
Tel : (+ 377) 98 98 83 41
environnement @gouv.mc
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