Guyana: Gov loses a million hectares of forest to loggers & then starts greenwashing

All log tags issued to forest concessionaires by the Guyana Forestry
Commission during the year will expire on December 31. As such all
Timber Sales Agreement and Wood-Cutting Lease Concession holders are
required to return all unused log-tracking tags.

In a notice the GFC
stated that it is a breach of procedures to use these expired tags in
2009. As such all TSA and WCL concession holders are now required to
report all produce, and the tags used on those produce that have been
harvested in 2008 but which have not yet been removed from the forest
or declared to the GFC. Produced harvested in 2008 will only be
accepted if they are tagged with numbers declared. Beginning 2009,
timber companies which do not have forestry concessions in Guyana will
not be allowed to export logs. This decision is in keeping with an
announcement by President Bharrat Jagdeo to deter the exportation of
the forest produce and to allow for more value-added activities in the
country. The policy on the concession issue is clear, and if exporters
do not have a concession they will not be granted permission to sell
logs overseas. This decision was made earlier this year with notices
going out to companies since, according to Minister of Agriculture
Robert Persaud, some persons think that the GFC is not serious with
such a decision.
In July, the Minister stated that some stakeholders think that ‘we are
not serious’ and from past experiences act surprised when the
implementation period arrives for changes in the sector. At least
three companies are currently exporting logs without operating
forestry concessions in Guyana.

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