APPLICATIONS have been made by the Nicaraguan and German governments for the trade in two hardwood species to be controlled under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). These species are, respectively, big-leaf mahogany (also known as Brazilian mahogany) and the tree-of-life (also known as pockwood or sonora guaiacum). If the CITES meeting in Chile, this November, agrees, they will be included on its Appendix II list, requiring traders to acquire permits to deal in their timber.

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