Environment Ministry warns against illegal cutting of trees

Friday, February 23, 2018

“The Ministry of Environment, Climate Change & Natural Resources says it’s deeply concerned about reported cases of illegal falling down of trees across the country for charcoal burning. The Ministry warned that anyone found wanting for such act would no doubt face the full force of the law.

Below reads the full text of the statement:

 “The Ministry of Environment, Climate Change & Natural Resources is deeply concerned about the reported cases of illegal felling of trees across the country. The Ministry is also receiving information that some communities at certain parts of the country are engaging in charcoal burning as means of livelihood. These practices are posing serious threats to the sustainable management of our degraded forest cover and therefore need to be arrested.

The Ministry has also learnt with dismay that despite the indefinite cessation of the timber re-export and the deployment of security forces along the borders with Senegal, there has been reported increase of timber logs at landing sites, especially in URR. These logs will be confiscated and forfeited to the State and those found perpetrating this practice are seriously warned to desist from it or else they will be prosecuted.

In the light of the above, the Hon. Minister responsible for Forestry matters has set up an independent taskforce to investigate reported cases of illegal felling of trees across the country, and anyone found perpetrating this act will face the full force of the law.

To reinforce the aforesaid measure, the Hon. Minister, acting under Section 88(g) of the Forest Act 1998, has decided to centralize the issuance of permits for felling of trees across the country until further notice. In this regard, Regional Forestry Officers are to forward all applications for permits to the Hon. Minister through the Director of Forestry for consideration.

The Director of Forestry is advised to inform all RFOs, Regional Governors, Chiefs and Alkalolu of this directive and their full cooperation be sought in the execution of these regulations.”