A contentious quest for Kevazingo, Gabon’s sacred tree

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The hard wood of the Kevazingo tree, a famous species in Gabon, is in high demand especially in Asia and illegal logging has rocketed

Bitam (Gabon) (AFP) – “Nobody should sell this wood. The elderly man, born around 1930, sits on his porch at Bendoussang in the north of the densely forested equatorial country, troubled when fellow villagers sell the hardwood — sometimes from trees five centuries old — to sawmills and collectors. Better known in the West as Bubinga, Kevazingo is much sought after in Gabon and Cameroon, but unlike the equally prized and abundant Okoume, it is rare and trees take many years to mature.

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