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Mar 16, 2012

New Minister’s swift Rosewood Moratorium

Environmentalists and villagers of Mayan communities in southern Belize affected by the extraction of Rosewood can breathe easier tonight.  The Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development has placed a moratorium on the harvesting and exportation of rosewood with immediate effect. The swift action by this new ministry in less than a week after its formation, can only raise questions about the Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar under whose watch, Rosewood was being depleted while similar calls for a moratorium were voiced. But the current ministry’s release says QUOTE “The increased rosewood logging has led to a near depletion of the specie in national lands. Private lands and protected areas are now being targeted to meet this insatiable demand. The moratorium is a necessary measure to carry out an orderly assessment of the situation on the ground and as a first response to regulate the timber trade occurring in southern Belize and to institute a rigorous regulatory framework throughout the country.” Unquote

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5 Responses for “New Minister’s swift Rosewood Moratorium”

  1. Storm says:

    Good move! It takes too long to grow a new forest; trees must be harvested wisely and sparingly.

    It’s immoral for us to chop down everything today for a quick dollar, and leave nothing to our children except barren hillsides and erosion.

  2. Retired CEO says:

    Great going Hon. Liselle, the way to go! u go girl!!!!

  3. busha says:

    about bloody time if you ask me!!!!

    The others must have been making money don’t you think?

  4. Louisville,Ky says:

    What I would love to see, is the discontinuation of raw timber exported and finished products manufactured and sold instead, thus adding value but, most importantly providing much needed employment to the people in the South.
    But, good first step tho, Miss Liselle.

  5. PGgyal says:

    I have to say what a wonderful decision this was. People here are cutting so much rosewood regardless of size and selling just to get a quick buck… but don’t get me wrong people do need money to live, they are the ones putting all the labor in felling, stripping into flitches and hauling but they only benefit marginally while the Middlemen and the exporter are making triple..
    I think that we need to find a way to eliminate that and find a better mechanism in which the community members are benefits equitably!!

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