African countries agree to curb illegal timber trade in Congo BasinListen /
The six main timber producing African countries in the Congo Basin meeting in the Congolese capital, Brazzaville, from 21 to 22 October have agreed on measures to stop illegal timber trade.
The Republic of the Congo, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d'Ivoire and Gabon on Wednesday adopted the Brazzaville Declaration to stop illegal timber trade.
Representatives of the timber industry and civil society organizations participated in the discussions which included implementation of the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan.
Olman Serrano, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)'s Senior Forestry Officer tells UN Radio's Derrick Mbatha that illegal timber trade is still a very serious problem in the Congo Basin.