20 Feb 2013

Call for Solomon Islands government to be pressured over logging

1:44 pm on 20 February 2013

The Pacific-wide environmental programme or SPREP says the Solomon Islands government must be pressured to change its approach to logging.

A report prepared by SPREP and other agencies in consultation with communities in Choiseul province has found that logging is reducing their ability to counter the impacts of climate change.

SPREP's ecosystem-based adaptation officer Paul Donohoe says although logging legislation passed in recent years is robust it is not being enforced.

"There needs to be pressure put on the national government. They have their own pressures to keep their economy running and logging makes up a huge percentage of their economy but you know, some hard talk needs to be made and pressure needs to be put on to start really protecting this resource."

Paul Donohoe says Solomon Islands has been thoroughly logged and Choiseul is one of the few provinces that still has a fair stand of primary forest.