SOLOMONS EXPORTS ECO-TIMBER

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (April 25, 2002 - SIBC/PINA Nius Online)---A shipment of Solomon Islands eco-timber, part of a project to combat widespread uncontrolled logging, will soon leave Honiara for overseas markets.

Solomon Islands Development Trust's Felix Narasia said villagers involved in the project have successfully been producing and marketing eco-timber for the past few years.

Eco-timber is managed in a way that causes minimal damage to the forests, he said.

The Solomon Islands Eco-Forestry Project is a joint initiative of Greenpeace, the Solomon Islands Development Trust, the Foundation for the People of the South Pacific and the New Zealand Imported Tropical Timber Group.

The project helps local communities manage, maintain and market their own natural resources in sustainable ways while protecting their own environment and culture.

For additional reports from the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation.

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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