Aid for Sawmills
The problems of intensive forestry in the Solomons are long standing and increasingly desperate. A mix of Government corruption and a lack of other economic opportunities has meant the Solomons have been heading towards a collapse in its logging industry, rampant environmental destruction and the end of many Islander livelihood. Greenlines was reminded recently that a helpful person had passed on a couple of interesting internal AusAID reports which have so far been unpublished. The most recent of these reports, a September 2008 review of the forestry programs in Australia’s aid program, is perhaps a touch dated. But the reports neatly outline the issues, and provide some frankly shocking information on the state of over logging in the native forests of the Islands.