Will limits on logging licences curtail Solomons timber exports? | Pacific Beat

Will limits on logging licences curtail Solomons timber exports?

Will limits on logging licences curtail Solomons timber exports?

Updated 8 July 2014, 16:36 AEST

Logging licences are set to be restricted in Solomon Islands, in an apparent attempt by the government of Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo to reduce the country's reliance on timber exports.

Since commercial logging began in Solomon Islands in the 1960s, the country's forests have been significantly depleted by over-logging at unsustainable levels.

But the logging industry has also been the country's major revenue maker.

And that's likely to continue unless log production reduces, says Tarcisius Kabutaulaka, political economist at the University of Hawai'i's Center for Pacific Islands Studies.

Presenter: Catherine Graue

Speaker: Associate professor Tarcisius Kabutaulaka, Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawaii

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