The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime have reported that 85 percent of forest here are illegally used.
This revelation was made in yesterday’s International Day of Forest activities.
A United Nation’s report says the situation is now critical where, after decades of commercial logging peaking at seven times the sustainable rate of 250,000 cubic metres per year, accessible forest resources are nearing exhaustion.
The report says half the forests on Kolombangara Island in the Western Province are now degraded after 50 years of voracious extraction while local landowners have battled against illegal loggers in the courts for years.
It adds, the actions often involving bribery and patronage, of people in critical positions throughout the production and supply chain.
Crooked collusion between foreign logging companies and political elites is acknowledged as a serious barrier to industry compliance.