I recently read an article form our brokerage company advising that logging practices in the Solomon Islands was not sustainable. So I immediately asked our contact for this wood to comment. Here is what was said:
“The Solomon Islands are a developing country and, as such, suffer from the misfortune of corruption and not having systems in place for conservation to the extent that we have here. It is true that there is illegal logging that occurs on some islands in the country. In particular, there is a great deal of bribery that occurs from the Asian logging companies that use naive landowner’s rights and privileges to log large areas. However, the government is making strides in enforcing conservation. For example, commercial logging can only occur on lands that are below 400 meters above sea level where the forest is accessible to logging. Some islands are low lying, and that is where this illegal activity is centered. There is also a maximum cut rate, and exports are monitored closely and include permitting, right of logging documentation and for species like the Tubi, extraordinary permission to log.