Forest concessions revoked from Baishanlin, others up for grabs

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The Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) has announced that it is ready to allocate lands which it revoked from Chinese company Baishanlin and others.

“The Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) wishes to inform the general public of its intention to advertise and received applications for the allocation of State Forest Authorisations (SFAs) and State Forests Exploratory Permits (SFEPs) over areas formerly held by Kwebanna Wood Products Inc, Woods Associated Industries Company Ltd, Baishanlin International Inc, Puruni Wood Products Inc and Haimorakabra Logging Company Inc.,” the GFC announced.

It said the decision to advertise these areas is premised on the fact that the GFC had revoked the above forest concessions because of serious breaches of the Forests Act 2009. In the case of Barama Company Ltd. the forest concession was surrendered.

The GFC had previously reported that two million hectares of forest that were taken back from companies given large and small forestry concessions.

These developments affected the revenue performance of the GFC, especially over the last three years, the Commission stated.

It was on December 30, 2019, by way of resolution that the GFC Board of Directors expressed a “no objection” to the areas being advertised for re-allocation.

Those who wish more information can visit the Commission’s website: www.forestry.gov.gy

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