At 06:09 PM 5/23/96 EDT, you wrote:
>Dear members of the list,
>Here're some info forwarded from the Forest List for your kind perusal.
>Malaysian Timber Council
Dear Malaysian Timber Council here is another example of "timber extraction
influecne from Malaysia"
REVOKE LOGGING CONCESSION DECLARES BELIZE AUDUBON SOCIETY
Atlantic Company Industries Ltd., the Malaysian company which enjoys a
concession to log in the Columbia Forest Reserve in the Toledo
District has once again come under fire by an environmental group.
The Belize Audubon Society has charged that the logging company has
violated several clauses within their licence agreement ,that the permit
to log in that area has not economically benefitted the country and that
it has caused social and cultural distress in the entire nation,
especially in the South.
It also notes that the logging concession was granted to an Asiatic
consortium which has previously twice failed to meet Belize
forest management conditions and has brought Mayan feeling to the boiling
Audubon has called on the Government of Belize to deliberate once more on the
Malaysian logging permit and to make the decision that will
benefit the country and the Belizean people instead of just a few.
The BAS statement adds that the logging area has more eco cultural tourism
value than the present method of timber exploitation in this very delicately
balanced forest environment which is a rare relic of a humid
tropical forest that no longer exists in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras or
The cry of the Mayan people of Southern Belize who are opposed to this massive
logging operation has not been addressed and the regional and international
concern for this logging permit has grown and could seriously affect the
countrys international status as the present world leading eco cultural tourism
destination, adds the BAS release.
BAS has expressed its solidarity with the Belize Alliance
for Conservation Non Government Organizations (BACONGO) ,the environmental
umbrella organization which has been negotiating with the Government of Belize
in regards to accepting and monitoring the logging operation.
Nevertheless the so called transparent process has dragged on for
too long and has not assisted in protecting the Belizean natural environment
and the rights of the Belizean people in general, the Audubon statement
asserts. Finally, the statement from the Belize Audubon Society asserts
that Atlantic Company Industries Ltd. has broken or violated several
signed clauses within the logging permit, and enough to have this licence
revoked by the Minister of Natural Resources.
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