Miskitos call Nicaraguan ban counterproductive


Miskito Indian leaders from Nicaragua’s Atlantic coast are criticizing a new law that has banned most logging and timber exports for the next 10 years, claiming it thwarts crucial sustainable development efforts. Facing rampant deforestation and corruption within the logging industry, the government in June passed the Logging Moratorium Law (Law 585), an emergency measure that establishes a nationwide ban on the cutting and sale of mahogany, cedar, pochote, mangrove and ceiba. The law, which took effect June 21, also bans all logging in and around protected areas, and within nine miles (15 kms) of the country’s borders with Costa Rica and Honduras. And it prohibits the export in plank or roll form of any wood not subject to the cutting ban. Only legally cut... [Log in to read more]

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