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    Nairobi, Kenya, 27th June 2016—Cabinet Secretary Professor Judy Wakhungu today opened the 4th Annual East Africa Timber Trade Stakeholders’ Forum, which focuses on Moving from words to actions: Implementing the Zanzibar Declaration and bi-annual agreements.

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    Nairobi, Kenya, 4th July 2016—East African member states will establish a Secretariat to oversee the effective implementation of the Zanzibar Declaration and Bi-Lateral Timber Trade Agreements, with Zambia also requesting to become a signatory.

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    Johannesburg, South Africa, October 2016—world governments currently meeting in Johannesburg have strongly backed the introduction of stronger measures to protect commercially traded timber species.

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    Johannesburg, South Africa, 3rd October 2016—a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed between ITTO, the International Tropical Timber Organization, and TRAFFIC to pursue shared objectives in the areas of the conservation, sustainable management and use of tropical forest resources, the fight against illegal wildlife trade and other forest-related crime.

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    Yokohama, Japan, 9th November 2016—The International Tropical Timber Organization’s (ITTO) fifty-second Council session began this week in Yokohama, during which Madagascar was welcomed as the 73rd member of ITTO.

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    en Français Antananarivo, Madagascar, 14th February 2017—a combination of political instability, government mismanagement, a lack of forest operation controls and a failure to impose punitive penalties on well-known traffickers contributed to what was effectively zero control over the management of precious timber resources in Madagascar between March 2010 to March 2015, according to a new TRAFFIC study released today.

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    Nairobi, Kenya, 11th April 2017—representatives from across Eastern Africa meet this week to discuss implementation of the Zanzibar Declaration on Illegal Trade in Timber and other Forest Products and formally launch its Steering Committee.

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    Nairobi, Kenya, 13th April 2017—A new TRAFFIC and WWF report launched today highlights the challenges facing timber trading nations in eastern and southern Africa, in particular the need for improving trade monitoring and financial integrity and addressing issues related to politics, corruption and ethics at a national and regional level.

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    Zambia, 20th April 2017—In an encouraging move for East African forestry management and timber trade, the Zambian government has announced a ban on all “In Transit” timber within the country. The declaration, passed today, takes place effective immediately until further notice.

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