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A Congolese bishop says an "ecological disaster" is unfolding in the southeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo as illegal logging destined for Chinese buyers is threatening the rare mukula tree.
"While the whole world decries the ravages of the Amazon fires, an ecological disaster is underway near us" in the Haut Katanga region bordering Zambia, Monsignor Fulgence Muteba said in a statement received by AFP on Thursday.
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Muteba, the Catholic bishop of Haut Katanga's Kilwa-Kasenga province, said "intensive, lawless activities" are threatening the already endangered hardwood, which is used for construction as well as furniture.
Known by botanists under its Latin name of Pterocarpus chrysothrix, the mukula, a tree famed for the red tinge of its wood, is...
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