DR Congo Cancels 60% Of Logging Contracts

January 23, 2009

DR Congo (ChattahBox) – Government officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo have canceled almost 60% of all logging contracts in the country’s rain forests, in an attempt to identify, and eliminate, corruption that has taken the area hostage.

Out of 156 contracts that were examined during a six month review, it was found that only 65 were real, a shockingly small percentage. The results made it clear that environmental and legal standards must be made, and upheld.

“I will proceed within the next 48 hours to notify those applicants having received an unfavorable recommendation from the inter-ministerial commission through decrees canceling their respective conventions,” Environment Minister Jose Endundo told reporters.
“Upon notification of the cancellation decision, the operator must immediately stop cutting timber.”

According to Sarah Shoraka, a Greenpeace representative working in the DR Congo, this is a fantastic result, and an important step to healing the region, and the area.

“We’ve highlighted tax evasion, and there’s often quite serious disputes between local people and these logging companies. The logging companies promise hospitals and schools and they hardly ever deliver these things on the ground.”


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