Timber battle in Solomon Islands
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CTA. 2001. Timber battle in Solomon Islands. Spore 93. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
Permanent link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10568/46174
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The first shipment of eco-timber from sustainably managed forest in the Marovo Lagoon area in the Solomon Islands reached Australia at the end of 2000, opening up a new eco-export-channel and marking another phase in the battle to maintain...
The first shipment of eco-timber from sustainably managed forest in the Marovo Lagoon area in the Solomon Islands reached Australia at the end of 2000, opening up a new eco-export-channel and marking another phase in the battle to maintain tropical timber in the Pacific. Decreasing yields of tropical timber species in Indonesia and Malaysia pushed Australian and Asian logging companies in the 1980s and 1990s to explore new territories, and the pristine forests of Solomon Islands were a new target. Thousands of hectares were logged and left bare every year. Local communities started to develop an alternative that would save the forest and at the same time yield long-term benefits for the population. In 1997 the first Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) eco-timber shipment took place from the Islands to Australia. Apart from raising financial proceeds, the exports constitute a political statement against ecological destruction. Currently, almost 41,000 hectares are FSC certified. Although still small (eco-timber export hardly exceeds 1,000 cubic meters a year at present) the revenues are crucial for local communities. The recent exports to Australia also mark another step in the timber battle as foreign destructive logging continues. The new Solomon Island government has yet to enforce a new Forest Act that restricts industrial logging and promotes sustainable forest management. [caption to illustration] Now open for limited use