Study: Small-scale Logging Bigger Threat


The growing problem of small-scale logging is more serious threat to the conservation of the monarch sanctuaries than previously thought, a new study revealed. A fresh study of winter nesting grounds in central Mexico indicated that small-scale logging is contributing to the issue of Monarch butterfly’s singular migration.

Omar Vidal, chief of Mexico’s chapter of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), said that the 13,550-hectare core zone of the reserve suffered the loss of more than 16 hectares of fir and pine so far this year. The government of the country did take some really strict measures to protect the Monarch grounds. It ordered the shutting down of sawmills and penalized commercial loggers. But, the study pointed out that small-scale logging is more difficult to tackle.

The study report said, “Small-scale logging is a serious and growing concern for the conservation of the monarch sanctuaries.” Experts also say that dealing with poor residents who occasionally cut and sell wood from the reserve would be more difficult than tackling with commercial loggers as it is harder to spot every small-scale logging activity. According to figures published in the report, small-scale logging accounted for nearly half of the total loss from logging activities in 2012.

By Pauline Beart

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Rina Hutajulu is an independent journalist for the Dekker Centre focusing on political studies of civil society movements and environmental issues in Indonesia. She writes for various on line media and print media as well. Rina is based in Jakarta.

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