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Jan 18, 2013

Recommendations to end the illegal extraction of rosewood

Coc also made recommendations on how to proceed to put an end to the illegal extraction of the natural resource.

 

Via Phone: Cristina Coc, Spokesperson, Maya Leaders Alliance

“We are asking the ministry and the minister in particular to launch an inquiry into this situation; to establish a sound investigating team who will find out who is involved. And it doesn’t matter who these people are. Whether they are political officials, whether they are officers in various departments and ministries; whether they are locals, whether they are foreign developers—all that is involved in crime need to be brought to justice. And that investigation needs to be made public not only to the Mayan communities, but Belizeans in general. Second, we want to call an immediate halt an immediate revocation of the concession that is current for Hilmar Alamilla given the situation that transpired just last weekend in Golden Stream. We would also like to know who the agent developers are and have that made public. But we want to state that the government needs to recognize the Supreme Court’s decision and the standing injunction and needs to ensure that all government ministries are respecting that injunction. Third, I wanna state here that it is only through the assistance of the local leaders, the Alcaldes, who have been made these reports time and time again—it is not forest officers that are going out there finding that there is illegal logging happening; it is our very own traditional leaders who are monitoring, who are taking care of our lands, that have reported time and time again. And if it wasn’t for their reports, nobody—this wouldn’t come to light—nobody would know that this is happening.”

 

Coc says that if the rosewood was not set on fire, it more than likely would have ended back into the hands of the agent.

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2 Responses for “Recommendations to end the illegal extraction of rosewood”

  1. Storm says:

    Here’s a suggestion: mandatory 10 years in prison for every tree cut and confiscation of all the defendant’s assets of every type.

    Do you agree or disagree?

  2. Maria Marshall says:

    In reply to Storm ” I Absolutely agree with you, wholeheartedly.”

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