‘Cedar mafia’ threatens Morocco’s cherished wood

Agence France-Presse: Revered as the "king of the forest" in Morocco, the native cedar tree is under increasing threat from illegal logging - a crime which also threatens the country's main water reserve. In the Ajdir forest, in the heart of the Middle Atlas mountain range, these imposing trees once covered every slope. Now their numbers are in rapid decline, to the bitter dismay of the local Berber-speaking population. "Each year thousands of trees - some of them several centuries old - are illegally felled as......

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