Take Action Against Illegal Logging in Guyana

Target: President of Guyana Bharrat Jagdeo

Goal: To end the illicit logging activities by the logging giant Samling within Guyana.

Excessive Southeast Asian logging is taking its toll.  This was bad enough when it was restricted to the native countries of these logging giants.  Unfortunately this is now not the case as the Malaysian logging corporation Samling has now taken its environmental indiscretion to an international level.

Among the nations heavily exploited by this company is Guyana, the South American Republic.  Recent press reports bear witness to beaches of forestry procedures including collusion between Samling’s Guyanese subsidiary and the staff of the Guyana Forestry Commission.

Guyana’s President was quoted as stated that, “based upon preliminary investigations it seems as though there was a system among three groups to defraud the government”.  Unfortunately, despite threats toward penalization or license revocation the government has yet to take any official action.

Meanwhile over 408,000 hectares of tropical rainforest within Guyana has been illegally exploited along with the 1.61 million hectares in legal forest concessions.  That equates to roughly twenty percent of Samling’s entire operation in Guyana being conducted illegally.

In addition, Samling has colluded with concessionaires within the Guyanese government to earn many privileges including large tax exemptions.  Simply put they are getting nearly a free pass to destroy any portion of rain-forest they presently deem fit.

This is unacceptable and cannot be allowed to continue across the course of long-winded government deliberations and investigations.  All evidence has thus far pointed squarely in the direction of Samling’s guilt and yet investigations still continue to be deemed preliminary and in need of a greater scope.  One has to wonder if this is to seek out the truth, or simply to continue buying time for Samling funds to remain funneling into the country.

This logging giant cannot be allowed to continue in this manner as it will only encourage them to commit the same environmental travesties elsewhere.  Shut down Samling now before it is too late.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Jagdeo,

Samling’s international reach has proven to be extremely costly for the environment.  The logging industry giant out of Malaysia has recently made Guyana the victim of its blatant disregard for the environment.

That this company has been able to legally destroy 1,61 million hectares of rainforest apparently is not enough.  Investigations into Samling’s activities have shown that an additional 408,000 hectares of rain-forest has been illegally logged as well.

This was conducted by Samling due to benefits gleaned from colluding with the Forestry Commission to look the other way.  Sadly this is not the only portion of Guyana where Samling’s influence has exerted itself.  The governmental concessionaires have also allowed the company massive privileges including sizable tax breaks as well.

The exceeding lack of government action beyond simply calling for further investigation while deeming those existing findings as only preliminary will serve to encourage Samling to continue conducting its international business in an underhanded, environmentally damaging manner. Threats of penalization or license revocation are only hollow words until action is taken.

Without this action Guyana’s government will appear weak and open to further exploitation attempts, while international corporations like Samling will simply have their illegitimate business models further reinforced.

This cannot happen.  End Samling’s activities in Guyana now as well as suspend Forestry Commissioner James Singh until the investigation is fully completed.  The more time passes before action is taken, the more this cycle of greed and corruption is encouraged.  End it now and stop Samling from logging in Guyana.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Will Go Here]

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