14 - Tree Poaching in Mozambique

It is no wonder the Mozambicans view rhinos as the vehicle to lift them from poverty. Poaching will continue whether it is trees or rhinos.

Nito Silva wipes the wood shavings from his sweaty face while his chainsaw still growls. “I log about 40 trees per day,” he says, leaning on a tree he has just cut. The 45-year-old Mozambican, dressed in a grubby T-shirt, torn trousers and scuffed shoes, cuts trees illegally – not wearing a helmet, ear protection or safety glasses. Hundreds of tree stumps around him are proof of his hard labour.

Mozambique will be stripped of its forests 'in just a few years'