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Liberia - Liberia revokes logging permits
According to an article in The Sunday dispatch PA contributed to by Associated Press writer Robbie Corey-Boulet Dakar, Senegal, Liberia has begun the process of revoking timber permits that it is alleged were allocated inappropriately over a two-year period, allowing logging companies to claim 40 percent of the country's forests, the head of the Forestry Development Authority said Tuesday.

The article states that the holders of 17 so-called Private Use Permits, or PUPs, have been told their permits will be reviewed. It goes on to say that " a government investigation completed last December found that the permits, which were intended for individual landowners, had been exploited by logging companies looking to circumvent social and environmental safeguards. In response, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf halted the companies' operations and issued a moratorium on the licences." A total of 63 the permits had apparantly been issued. These permits might be reinstated if, after the review, it shows they were granted legally. Companies can also appeal to the courts.

Source: Sunday Dispatch PA and Associated Press writer Robbie Corey-Boulet contributed to this report from Dakar, Senegal.

Sep 2013


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