SOLOMONS PARLIAMENT PASSES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION BILL

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (October 22, 1998 - Radio Australia)---The Solomon Islands Parliament has passed legislation aimed at protecting the Melanesian country's rapidly dwindling forests.

The Environment Bill is the first national level legislation that will regulate and govern the timber industry. The bill creates development controls, environment impact assessments, reviews and monitoring and pollution controls.

The Solomon Islands has come under international criticism for allowing the deforestation of many areas by granting leases to foreign timber companies.

SOLOMON ISLANDS CANCELS LOGGING LICENSE

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (October 22, 1998 - PACNEWS)---The office of Solomon Islands Commissioner of Forests has cancelled the license of Rainforest Lumber Company on West Kwara'ae in Malaita Province for braking the conditions of their license.

In a letter to the company's managing director, Deputy Commissioner of Forests Eddy Dolaiano said a tour of the area where the company's agents and operators were allegedly working found Rainforest Lumber failed to comply with suspension order issued last month by his office. The company has also failed to produce an access agreement for areas in which it has already constructed roads.

The company has been ordered to remove its machinery and equipment, from the area within two weeks from Monday.

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