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According to Madagascar forestry regulations, timber of category 2 (2° catégorie)
under which ebony falls, must have a minimal DBH of 47cm to be exploited (Malagasy Forest
Law: ARRETE N° 13.855/2001)
In the examined transect surface of 1,007 ha only one cut ebony tree had the legal
demanded DBH of minimal 47cm. In contrast ten infractions of the forestry regulations were
documented: seven ebony trees with diameter at breath high (DBH) of 12-40cm had been cut.
Three ebony trees with DBH 40cm and below were carved to the core wood, which is also
forbidden by the forest regulations.
All detected ebony stumps were in a progressed stage of decomposition and starting to
be overgrow by strangling figs and lianas. It was evident from these physical conditions, that
all stumps had been cut before 2000, which is also supported by the statement of the local
The observed original density of about 1 ebony tree per hectare with an exploitable
DBH of more than 47cm is in line with the extant forestry inventories, that were established
during the delimitation of the National Park boundaries in that region (Kremen et al. 1999,
Anonymous 1994). This inventory reports a frequency of exploitable ebony (Diospyros sp.) of
1 tree per hectare, making 0,16m3/ha volume of exploitable ebony in logs or 0,04m3/ha
volume of sawed ebony timber (volume moyen en bois scié par ha). Basing on this density of
ebony, which is confirmed by our transect inventory, only 20m3 of sawed ebony timber could
be legally gained of the 500ha concession in quest.
Since the Visa of the Permis d’Exploiter dates from 26.01.2000 and since we were not
able to detect any sign, that ebony was cut in this concession after the year 2000, and
considering the normal mean volume of ebony per hectare, we must conclude that the ebony
imported by THEODOR NAGEL TIMBERTRADE under the presented permit does not come from this
concession but must have another, illegal source. Kohlhöfer and Smith (2010) documented in
their field report, that the ROGER THUNAM CIE is currently cutting ebony within the boundaries of
the Masoala National Park.
Dr. Martin Bauert
Curator of Conservation and Botany
Anonymous, 1994. Internal report of “Projet Masoala”. Inventaire Forestière Préliminaire de la
Péninsule Masoala: Faisabilité d’une Gestion Forestière durable dans la Zone
périphérique du Parc. Unpublished Manuscript.
Malagasy Forest Law, ARRETE N° 13.855/2001 sur l’application du décret 98.782, relatif au
régime de l’exploitation forestière, portant approbation du cahier de charges de
prescriptions générales relatives à l’octroi de permis par voie d’adjudication.
Republic of Madagascar.
Kohlhöfer, P. & Smith, T., 2010. Operation geplünderter Wald. GEO 04/2010: 44 -60.
Kremen, C., Razafimahatratra, V., Guillery, R.P., Rakotomalala, J., Weiss, A. &
Ratsisompatrarivo, J.-S., 1999. Designing the Masoala National Park in
Madagascar based on Biological and Socioeconomic Data. Conservation Biology,
13/5: 1055-1068.