Ghana Agrees With EU to Tighten Timber Exports

Ghana agreed to crack down on illegal timber exports on Wednesday in a trade deal with the European Union seen as a blueprint for EU accords with other tropical nations to slow deforestation, EU officials said.

Under the pact, Ghana's government will impose stricter controls on logging, from trees felled in remote forests to timber loaded onto cargo ships. And the EU will bar any unlicensed Ghanaian timber from its market.