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Jan 24, 2012

P.N.P. says rosewood extraction is unsustainable

Wil Mahei

Even before the Cabinet decision, Maheia contended that the poor Toledo residents who do the actual logging are being deprived of the benefits they could reap, if it was being done in a sustainable manner. He says the people of the south are constantly bullied because they accept the status quo and do not speak up for themselves.

Wil Maheia, Conservationist

“We are not against the cutting down of rosewood, what we are against is the unsustainable cutting of the rosewood and the fact that the poor people, the one that’s doing the hard work, they are the ones that are getting two dollars per square foot when the big man up north is getting twenty, thirty dollars US per square foot. So really I hope that the people would understand that I am on their side. I am against the fact that they are only getting two US per square foot, four dollars Belize per square foot when in reality they could be getting twenty-seven US dollars per square foot. Not to mention, we could be employing many, many people from the Toledo District. A rosewood table like this in china today could go for as much as twenty thousand dollars. Why can’t our people in the Toledo district be employed to make this?  There is a situation brewing in Toledo District right now as we speak, where there are several dump trucks coming from Corozal with Corozal license plates, working the streets of Punta Gorda Town, yet you have a whole trucking cooperative in Punta Gorda Town who have trucks parked and they are not getting the jobs. But I got to them and say look make a public statement, but they are so passive that none of them want to make a public statement and this is bread that they are taking out of their mouth.”

According to Maheia, Belize is one of very few countries that are still exporting wood in squares as opposed to finished products, which are worth much more.

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3 Responses for “P.N.P. says rosewood extraction is unsustainable”

  1. home grown says:

    Who cares about sustainable?
    Clear cut Belize!!! Get the oil in the middle of the night, it is about now.
    The Corruption Officers need extra money, they work hard at night and day.

  2. rasman says:

    After all the trees are cut, after all the rivers have dried up, after all the oil and minerals have been extracted only then will all of ordinary and marginalized Belizeans realized that when we come knocking on Dean Oliver Barrow door, he is not at home. He would be relaxing and smiling at his Georgia mansion.

  3. Earl Grey says:


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