A joint operation by the Nicaraguan Navy, National Forest Institute and the National Police seized 20,000 board feet of illegally logged precious wood in the South Caribbean Autonomous Region near La Ceiba. Three people were detained. The captured wood included mahogany and granadillo.
Among its other duties, the Nicaraguan Navy is charged with protecting Nicaragua’s environment. Unrestrained illegal logging was a particular problem in the 1990s during which a flight over Nicaragua’s southern rainforest revealed many clear-cut areas thinly surrounded by a screen of trees.
Expansion of the agricultural frontier for farming and ranching is another threat to Nicaragua’s remaining rainforest.
El Nuevo Diario (Managua), February 12, 2018.
NicaNotes by the Nicaragua Network and the Alliance for Global Justice, February 14, 2018.