The Gambia’s government has confirmed the seizure of logs of timber that were bound for export from different parts of the country as concerns over forest depletion become rife.
The Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources said that the seizure of the logs in Central, Lower and Upper River regions was prompted by the continuous felling of trees despite a ban on their exportation.
The ministry did not reveal the exact quantity of the logs seized but warned that those found flouting the ban would not be spared by the law. It is the third largest impound of timber in the country this year.
Gambia’s erstwhile government under former President Yahya Jammeh banned timber exports last year, following a public outcry, including in Senegal from where most of the logs were smuggled into the country for export to China.
The logs are mainly acquired from neighboring Senegal’s southern province of Casamance which borders The Gambia. The new government of Adama Barrow continues to enforce the ban.
West African troops securing The Gambia in August seized at least seven trucks loaded with redwood timber in the West Coast region of the country and in February, a dozen vehicles were impounded in the aftermath of the political standoff.