FG issues guidelines on wood exports in Nigeria

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    The Federal Government has issued guidelines on the felling of trees and exportation of wood.

    The Director of Forestry, Federal Ministry of Environment, Phillip Bankole, made this known recently while announcing the suspension of the ban on wood exports.

    Some of the guidelines include the issuance of a new international trade certification for wood exports and the cut-one-tree-and-plant-five policy with a view to arresting deforestation as well as preserving the environment.

    Bankole said that the government was concerned about the degradation of the environment due the activities of wood exporters that cut down trees without re-planting.

    He, however, said the lifting of the ban was partial after which government would further review the situation and know what next to do with regard to wood exportation.

    He explained that the forest was being conserved not only for wood exportation, but for other purposes, adding that Nigeria had fallen short of reserving about 25 per cent of its land for afforestation currently at less than five per cent.

    The President of the Tropical Wood Exporters Association of Nigeria, Mr. Tayo Omotoye, said the preservation of the environment was not negotiable in the wood export business.

     

    Source: Punch

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