forest management

State urged to probe timber firms over alleged environmental damage

Date of Release: 
Oct 25 2013

The state government has been urged to investigate two Sarawak timber companies recently blacklisted by Norway for their alleged involvement in environmentally damaging activities.

Sarawak PKR chairman Baru Bian said the decision by the Norwegian government to ban its sovereign wealth fund from investing in the two companies was based on extensive studies and reports by its Ethics Council.

“Such decisions are not made lightly and therefore the Sarawak government must launch a thorough investigation into the allegations contained in the reports.

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India: Environment ministry rejects roads ministry plan

Date of Release: 
Sep 29 2012

The environment ministry has rejected the highways ministry’s plan to dilute environment norms.

The environment ministry said it cannot accept the highways ministry’s suggestion to simplify the process of obtaining approvals for road projects in forest areas.

“It is the government’s commitment that FRA (Forest Rights Act) compliance should happen,” environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan told reporters on Friday. “Local community involvement and gram sabha (village council) consent are important.”

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Five Thai agencies agree to team up against land encroachment

Date of Release: 
Aug 15 2012

The Office of the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) teamed up with four environmental watchdog agencies yesterday to review officials who may be involved in encroachment on forest land and illegally destroying natural resources.

"We found that a lot of officials, especially those who work at the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry and Land Department, are involved in forest encroachment by designating fake forest boundaries and issuing illegal land-ownership documents for forest reserve areas," PACC chief Pol Colonel Dusadee Arayawut said.

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