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African countries lose $17 billion each year in illegal logging. The United Nations has reported that Africa’s share of hardwood exports to China has risen from 40% in 2008 to 90% as of 2018. Southeast Asia once had its own rosewood forests but became so depleted that loggers began plundering other parts of the world.

However, rather than building on its solid foundation, things seem to be falling apart for ECOWAS. Four of its member States – Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger, are under military rule, while the last three have served notice of their intention to withdraw from the regional organization, altogether.