27 May 2005

Solomons Forestry Unit works with police to monitor compliance with logging laws

4:31 pm on 27 May 2005

A joint operation comprising members of the Combined Law Agency Group in Solomon Islands has shut down two illegal logging ventures in Marovo Lagoon.

Operation Tane brought together officers from the Forestry Division, the Royal Solomon Islands police and RAMSI officers to monitor logging operations in and around Marovo Lagoon.

Two of the 20 logging camps visited were found to be unlicensed.

About 1,100 trees already felled on these areas, estimated to be worth millions of dollars, were seized.

Over 1 million cubic metres of timber is being cut annually in Solomon Islands, and areas like Marovo Lagoon are being harvested at a rate well above the sustainable level.