India seeks ease of rosewood harvesting

India, a regular exporter of musical instruments and parts, much of which is made from Indian rosewood and Sissoo or northern Indian rosewood (Dalbergialatifolia and Dalbergiasissoo), is seeking exemption from the restrictions placed by its inclusion in the list of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

The central government feels that both these timbers are readily available in India and harvest is strictly controlled. The Indian trade also feels that these two domestic timbers should be removed from CITES’ Appendix II.

These species are found in Indian forests and have also been planted alongside coffee and other agricultural crops to provide shade. They are also planted along canals and rivers.

The government is of the view that products made for exports from both plantation logs or agro-forestry plantings should be exempted from CITES.

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