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Laos announces crackdown on illegal logging, timber smuggling: Mongabay: Laos Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavon...

Laos announces crackdown on illegal logging, timber smuggling: Mongabay: Laos Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavon...

Laos announces crackdown on illegal logging, timber smuggling mongabay.com June 22, 2011 Laos Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong ordered authorities to crack down on illegal logging and timber trafficking in the midst of accelerating forest loss, reports the Vientiane Times . Under Thongsing's directive, police and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry will set up inspection teams on roads that run to China and Vietnam, the destination of most smuggled timber from Laos. "If officials find smuggled timber they have the right to seize it and charge those involved in accordance with the Forestry Law," Thongsing stated in the order, which was released this week, according to the Vientiane Times . Immigration authorities will also step up border vigilance under the order, which calls for improve coordination between the military, police, officials, and local communities in ...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0622-laos_crackdown.html

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