9 Jan 2006

Women to stage anti-logging protest in the Solomons

5:10 pm on 9 January 2006

Women opposing logging in the Solomon Islands Makira Province will stage a peaceful protest at the provincial capital on Wednesday.

The women are mainly from Mwanewiriwiri village on Ward 11 of Central Makira who have been blocking access to the forest where logging operations are to take place.

Women representatives from the Honiara-based Regional Rights Resource Team and Paralegal community will fly to Kirakira to join the peaceful protest.

A spokesman for the womens' groups, Betty Luvusia says they will join the Makira women to show their support for the opposition to logging operations at Mwanewiriwiri, alleging that logging agreements and regulations have been breached.

But landowners who have allowed their forests to be logged have accused the Honiara-based, Solomon Island Development Trust of influencing the women to oppose logging of their forests.