Wednesday, 21 May 2008 4:05 PM

Government increase on value per log for export

Brovo! Scare tactics by loggers are a knee jerk reaction to the fact that they will finally have to pay more per log... it's about time! When you look at the cost to the local environment effected by logging - both marine and terrestrial - in most (if not all) cases there isn't a rate high enough to justify the damage incurred. Very little of the cost benefit makes it to the villagers that have to daily live in, and around, the mess created. In some cases the land, and coastal reefs or fish habitat, never heals - for what ... US$ 78 per log. Shameful especially when so many Solomon Islanders can take part of a log and turn it into an extraordinary carving or piece of art worth far more than the few dollars that might make it to the village - just doesn't add up!

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