According to a new study commissioned by Norway’s Ministry of the Environment, Guyana’s forestry sector has a “significant” level of illegality in it, though it is still lower than in many other tropical countries. The study, titled ‘Forest Law Enforcement and Governance and Forest Practices in Guyana‘, and carried out last year by Iwokrama and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), suggested that the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) needed to improve its monitoring capabilities and needed to use remote sensing data more regularly. It also pointed out that the roots of illegality lie in the social and land and resource tenure aspects in the case of small loggers, and in the system of timber charges and other contractual arrangements in the case of large concessionaires.
– William Eichler, London
Source: ‘Illegality in forestry sector significant -study finds‘, Stabroek News, 12 April 2010.