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17 Tanzanian firms win tenders for logging in hydropower project area in game reserve

Power News - Published on Mon, 18 Feb 2019

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Xinhua reported that Tanzania's forest watchdog said 17 local companies have won tenders for logging in an area earmarked for the Stiegler's Gorge hydropower project in the Selous Game Reserve. Mr Dos Santos Silayo, Chief Executive of the Tanzania Forest Services Agency, said the firms started logging in the area in December last year. Mr Silayo in an interview with Xinhua said that "We expect that the logging process will take one and a half years beginning December last year.”

He said since the forest agency announced the logging tenders in May last year, no international company applied until the tenders were closed.

TFS said last year its intention was to clear the project area before implementation of the project started.

Mr Silayo said that "We opened the tenders for cutting down the trees so that they can be used for various purposes rather than destroying them.”

However, Mr Silayo said the successful tenderers will not be allowed to export the logs, according to the Forest Regulations of 2004 unless otherwise permitted by the minister responsible for natural resources and tourism.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Mon, 18 Feb 2019
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