Posts Tagged ‘illegal logging’
October 10th, 2013
Vientiane Times, 10 Oct 2013
The government has decided to take measures to penalise companies and government officials involved in the illegal export of logs to Vietnam through a checkpoint in Saravan province.
The Government Office recently issued an announcement suggesting the Ministry of Finance impose the measures they had drafted and presented to the government.
Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong agreed and approved the measures following a report by the Finance Ministry that detailed the issue and suggested that an export company and several officials were involved in an illegal process, according to the announcement.
September 25th, 2013
Vientiane Times, 25 September 2013
Deputy Prime Minister in charge of social and cultural affairs, Mr Asang Laoly, has asked Xayaboury provincial authorities to suppress any activity that harms or degrades protected and preserved forest areas.
The deputy prime minister’s instruction was the latest made to the province after a report emerged that forests there had been degraded by illegal logging over many years. During an earlier visit to Xayaboury, Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong also asked local authorities to focus on reforestation after learning forested areas had dwindled due to illegal logging and slash and burn cultivation.Mr Asang, on a working visit to the northern province from September 22-23, told provincial and district authorities to take positive action to thoroughly investigate and address issues regarding logging, according to official sources from the Government Office.
July 23rd, 2013
Vientiane Times, 23 July 2013
Customs officials in Khammuan province recently announced they confiscated illegal wood worth over 238 million kip in the first six months this year. The seized timber consists of 12,000 kg of may kha young (rosewood), valued at 200 million kip, 2.6 cubic metres of may kham phi (Burmese rosewood), worth 5 million kip, and 4.2 cubic metres of may du (Pterocarpus), valued at over 33 million kip.
July 8th, 2013
Vientiane Times, 8 July, 2013
Finance Minister Phouphet Khamphounvong last week issued an instruction to various departments to pay more attention in managing wood exports, aiming to ensure that all revenues from timber flow to the national budget. In the past years, the government has issued a number of laws, regulations and decrees to manage wood exports but these have been insufficiently enforced, creating loopholes for illegal logging activities.
May 29th, 2013
Vientiane Times, 29 May, 2013
The government will soon scrutinise the boundaries of protected areas in Laos, after many thousands of hectares of protected areas have been encroached upon for farming activities and commercial tree plantations in recent years. Logging in Nam Kan National Protected Area in Bokeo province is sparking serious concerns. Illegal logging remains a challenge for Laos in its efforts to protect its natural resources for the future.
May 28th, 2013
Vientiane Times, 28 May, 2013
Phouphanang and Phoukhaokhuay National Protected Areas are under serious threat from deforestation and encroachment by rubber plantations and commercial crops, according to a forestry expert. High demand for timber and land to farm have forced people to intrude into the protected areas despite knowing that it is against the law.
August 9th, 2012
Vientiane Times, August 9, 2012
Deputy Prime Minister Asang Laoly urged leaders of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to focus on priorities in the development of their areas of responsibility in Laos. Regarding land management, the ministry should improve the policies on land use and land title in line with the law and increase mechanisms and measures for land management in order to reduce problems, he stressed at the meeting on Tuesday in Vientiane.
May 4th, 2012
ຂ່າວສານປະເທດລາວ(ຂປລ), 26 ເມສາ 2012
(ຂປລ): ໃນເວລາ 20 ໂມງ 30 ນາທີ ຂອງວັນທີ 25 ມີນາ 2012 ເຈົ້າໜ້າທີ່ພາສີ ເຂດ 3 ໜ່ວຍງານຕ້ານ ແລະ ສະກັດກັ້ນການລັກລອບໜີພາສີ ແຂວງສະ ຫວັນນະເຂດ ໄດ້ຮັບ ແຫລ່ງຂ່າວຈາກພົນລະເມືອງດີ ວ່າ: ຈະມີການເຄື່ອນຍ້າຍໄມ້ ຈຶ່ງໄດ້ຈັດວາງກຳລັງ ແລະ ອອກຕິດຕາມສະພາບການໃນເຂດເມືອງ ໄກສອນ ພົມວິຫານ ແລະ ຢູ່ເຂດເມືອງອຸທຸມພອນ ຈົນຮອດເວລາປະມານ 23 ໂມງ 20 ນາທີ ຂອງວັນດຽວກັນ ຈຶ່ງເຫັນລົດເປົ້າໝາຍ ຢູ່ເຂດເມືອງອຸທຸມພອນ ເລີນໄດ້ກວັກ ລົດຄັນນັ້ນໃຫ້ຈອດແລ້ວ ເຈົ້າໜ້າທີ່ສະເໜີຕົວຂໍອະນຸຍາດກວດກາລົດນັ້ນໂດຍສັງເຂບ ຈຶ່ງພົບເຫັນໄມ້ຂະຍູງພາຍໃນລົດ ຊຶ່ງເປັນລົດຂົນສົ່ງ ຍີ່ຫໍ້ ຊຳຊຸງ ຫົວລາກສີຂາວ ທະບຽນ ບກ ກຳແພງນະຄອນ 7921 ຫາງລາກສີຂຽວ ທະບຽນ ບກ ສະຫວັນນະເຂດ 2192 ຊຶ່ງຜູ້ຂັບມີຊື່ ທ້າວ ຕຸ່ງ ຄົນຫວຽດນາມ ໄດ້ຈາກການ ສອບຖາມເບື້ອງຕົ້ນຈາກທ້າວ ຕຸ່ງ ຈຶ່ງຮູ້ວ່າ:ລາວເປັນພຽງຄົນຂັບລົດ. ສ່ວນເອກະ ສານຂອງໄມ້ຢູ່ເທິງລົດນີ້ແມ່ນບໍ່ມີຫຍັງ ຮູ້ແຕ່ວ່າໄມ້ຈຳນວນນີ້ນຳຂຶ້ນລົດຢູ່ໂຮງ ງານເລກ 10 ບ້ານດົງນາຄຳ ເມືອງໄກສອນ ພົມວິຫານ ຈາກນັ້ນເຈົ້າໜ້າທີ່ຈຶ່ງນຳລົດມາທີ່ສາງ (ຫ້ອງການພາສີເກົ່າ).
ເຈົ້າໜ້າທີ່ໄດ້ສະເໜີຕໍ່ທ້າວ ຕຸ່ງ ໃຫ້ພົວພັນຫາຜູ້ເປັນເຈົ້າຂອງໄມ້ຕົວຈິງ ນຳເອົາເອກະສານທີ່ຖືກ ຕ້ອງຂອງໄມ້ ມາຢັ້ງຢືນເອົາໄມ້ດັ່ງກ່າວ ແຕ່ປາກົດວ່າບໍ່ມີໃຜ ມາພົວພັນຈົນຮອດວັນທີ 05 ເມສາ 2012 ຈຶ່ງໄດ້ສົມທົບກັບກອງກວດກາປ່າໄມ້ ປະຈຳແຂວງສະຫວັນນະເຂດ ພ້ອມກັນກວດວັດແທກຕົວຈິງ ຊຶ່ງມີໄມ້ ຂະຍູງເປັນຕັບ ຈຳນວນ 83 ຕັບ ມີບໍລິມາດ 2,186 ແມັດກ້ອນ; ໄມ້ຂະຍູງກະດຸດ ຈຳນວນ 3.987 ກະດຸດ ມີນ້ຳໜັກ 57.933 ກິໂລ ເທົ່າກັບ 38,622 ແມັດກ້ອນ ຊຶ່ງລວມທັງໝົດ 40,808 ແມັດກ້ອນ ມີມູນຄ່າທັງໝົດ 1.836.360.000 ກີບ . ປະຈຸບັນຢູ່ໃນຂັ້ນຕອນດຳເນີນຄະດີຕາມກົດໝາຍ. ເຈົ້າໜ້າທີ່ຍັງໃຫ້ຮູ້ຕື່ມອີກວ່າ: ປະກົດການລັກລອບຄ້າຂາຍ ແລະ ຂົນສົ່ງໄມ້ທີ່ຜິດກົດໝາຍນີ້ ຍັງມີໃຫ້ເຫັນຢູ່ຊຶ່ງສ້າງຄວາມເສຍຫາຍເປັນຈຳນວນຫລວງຫລາຍ ໃຫ້ແກ່ປະເທດຊາດ ຊ້ຳບໍ່ໜຳ ຍັງເປັນການທຳລາຍຊັບພະຍາກອນທຳມະຊາດ ຕື່ມອີກ
May 4th, 2012
Vientiane Times, April 30, 2012
Savannakhet police recently seized 80 pieces of rosewood, after receiving a tip off from a local man to check a suspicious truck seen in the area. Customs officials told the Pathet Lao newspaper on Friday the truck was travelling from Kaysone Phomvihane district to Outhomphone district when they stopped it to conduct a search. Whilst inspecting the contents of the load, police discovered a quantity of rosewood on the back of the truck, which may have been illegally logged. The driver of the truck, a Vietnamese man named Mr Tong, told police he had no idea that there was rosewood on board and said he was merely a driver. He said he collected the load of wood at No 10 factory in Nakham village and was to take it to another destination. Police confiscated the truck and the wood, which will be held at the customs depot until the owner of the wood can produce the necessary documentation to certify that it is legal.
March 14th, 2012
Vientiane Times, March 14, 2012
The European Union will not allow any timber products originating from illegal sources to enter its markets once new timber legislation comes into force next year. Chargé Affaires of the EU Delegation to Laos Mr Michel Goffin made this clear to Vientiane Times during a visit yesterday to Burapha Agro Forestry Co., Ltd (BAFCO) in Saen-oudom village, Xaythany district, Vientiane. “The EU market will only be open to legally sourced wood so if people are cutting wood illegally, it won’t be exported to Europe,” he said.