Rate of illegal logging ‘declines’ in Papua

The decline in the amount of timber seized from illegal loggers indicated a decline in illegal logging.

A decrease in the amount of illegal timber seized in Papua in 2010 reflects a decline in illegal logging, an official says.

“Illegal logging has decreased in Papua after a ban was placed on logs shipped out of Papua,” said Papua Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) head Ign. Suteja.

Suteja said that the decline in the amount of timber seized from illegal loggers indicated a decline in illegal logging.

Authorities in Papua seized 70.6 cubic meters of timber from illegal logging activities in 2010, at least one-third less than seizures in previous years.

“Illegal logging is usually widespread in Papua, but it has drastically declined recently as shown by the decrease in seized wood,” Suteja added.

Source: the Jakarta Post

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