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Jul 28, 2011

Report details illegal logging and more in the Chiquibul

The Guatemalan incursions in the Chiquibul Forest have been problematic for years. But in recent weeks, it made the news because illegal logging by the Guatemalans is rampant and they are making their way further into Belizean territory. The organization, Friends for Conservation and Development, has been studying the trends and today released a report called “Illegal Logging in the Chiquibul”. And as the Executive Director, Raphael Manzanero explains, there is more cause concern than Belizeans may realize.

Raphael Manzanero, Executive Dir., Friends for Conservation & Dev.

Raphael Manzanero

“The trend in terms of illegal logging in Chiquibul is really alarming. We have known about the impacts taking place in southern Belize, more into the Colombia river for quite some years, but now that really has moved up north. And what we have seen is in a period of six months the increase can be up to three kilometers or let’s call it a mile and a half inside of Belize. So it is really moving further into the tier of the country and also further south. So we already can put an approximation of some fifty-five thousand acres, which is now considered as the zone of influence. Meaning that, it’s not all the trees in that fifty-five thousand have been removed, but it means that there is movement of people moving in those areas, extracting mahogany and cedar.  As a result of our research on the ground in the Chiquibul, we can identify the extraction of timber, of mahogany and cedar. Once we start to look at a pilot program and try really to put it across the landscape of the Chiquibul, we can estimate that we are losing over fifteen million dollars worth of timber.  We can make a projection of that.  Belizeans tend to believe that this thing is happening right along the border. This that is occurring in terms of the illegal logging, we are talking of up to seven miles inside of Belize. How much does that really mean? It’s like coming from the western border around Melchor and Benque and going as far as San Ignacio. So that is really the distance of the area that people are going in terms of illegal logging. So it’s really a great cause of concern to us on the ground as we are seeing this escalation. We are quite desperate, we need to find and sort out the measures to put in place.”

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5 Responses for “Report details illegal logging and more in the Chiquibul”

  1. Storm says:

    Let’s call it what it is, a creeping invasion, like a plague of locusts.

    We MUST have a government that will END THE INVASION. Until an international court decides differently, Belize is OUR country, and we have a right to control our borders.

  2. Rod says:

    Where is the minister of defense where is perdomo is he asleep or too busy stealing the people’s money instead of protecting the country of Belize. This man should have been fired years ago he is as useless as tits on a bull why is the media not busting down his door to demand what he is doing to stop this well he is just another part of this incompetent gov out with perdomo out with barrow out with vega all incompetent useless gov employees who need to be fired where are you perdomo hiding under a rock .

  3. Indian Woman says:

    Blame the Stupid Belize people who keep putting these crooks back into power. Belizeans are so dumb. They think that laziness prevails. We as a people have to stop depending on others and help ourselves.You put a thief to watch your gold.. what do you expect? Every Politician gets hooked up as minister of this or minister of that.they do nothing.They are not competent.These same old politicians……. what is Perdomo still doing in power. We need young intelligent blood. And if their are no Belizens capable…. hire outsiders. We just cannot continue down this road that is leading no where.

  4. Elgin Martinez says:

    I gree with Indian Woman.We need to change this trend.

  5. belizeanpride says:

    this is really irrating to read how this guats are so disrespectful to our nation. i think we suppose to start having the immigration dep. start sending home this guat, searching every where where they are, to send all illegall people before we’re invaded slowly by this guats. !@#$%^ chapines sin respecto a nuestra nacion que los deporten a todos illegales antes que invadan nuestro pais.

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