20 Feb 2013

Call for compensation over Choiseul logging damage

11:40 am on 20 February 2013

A Solomon Islands tribal leader in Choiseul province is calling for compensation to be awarded over what he says is the unauthorised crossing of a river by loggers.

Gendley Galo is the chief of the Rege tribe, related to the Taplakana tribe, in north east Choiseul.

He says a logging company operating on Taplakana land has destroyed two hectares of mangroves and taken rocks protecting a cemetery for a wharf.

Mr Galo says he is concerned that the logging company was given permission to cross the Sava river.

"To smash all the rocks that act as barrier to the seawall in front of my grandfather's head. It is a concern that is yet to be pursued that the crossing over needs to be seriously compensated."

Gendley Galo says when he approached the provincial forestry centre at Choiseul's capital, Taro, he was told the province lacks the authority to implement the provisions of the forestry act.