1 Dec 2004

Solomons lawyer calls for redrafting of forestry bills

1:46 pm on 1 December 2004

A Solomon Islands lawyer, Andrew Nori, says the forestry bill due to be considered by parliament contains serious anomalies and needs to be rewritten.

The bill has been championed by environmental groups to limit the destruction caused by loggers.

But the logging industry and some cabinet members are opposed to it.

Mr Nori, who has strong links with logging, says if the anomalies are not corrected it will lead to confusion about the management of resources.

He says these include restricting landowners to clearing only up to five hectares of land, which is too small an area to justify replanting.

"The other problem with the bill is the method utilized or envisaged under the bill to identify landowners is not adequate. It will lead to conflict within tribes and by the end of the day it will be very difficult to identify who the landowners are."

Andrew Nori