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NGOs in forest protection want gov’t to stop timber revenue losses
From: Ghana/Joy News          Published On: May 30, 2013, 9:14 GMT
 
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NGOs in forest protection want gov’t to stop timber revenue losses

A coalition of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO’s) in forest protection, Forest Watch, is calling for immediate measures by government to save the country from losing millions of dollars in timber revenues.

This follows revelations that the forest commission has been issuing timber logging permits illegally.

The international natural resource watchdog, Global Witness, revealed in a report that Ghana’s Forestry Commission is issuing permits outside the 1998 Timber Resources Management law that governs timber logging in Ghana.

The findings questioned the legality of every 3 out of 4 timber permits issued by the commission.

A spokesperson for Forest Watch, Samuel Mawutor told Joy News the practice is a major source of revenue leakage.

“…At an era that forest resources are seriously declining and its contribution to GDP is quite low, it will not be really prudent on our part to be giving out logging permits without obtaining the optimum benefits from it…” he intimated.



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