Department Of Environment To Inspect Baka Cutting Claim

After the visit the officerwill make a report to the department on whether there was a breach
03 Dec 2020 12:47
Department Of Environment To Inspect Baka Cutting Claim
This was the scene yesterday.

An officer from the Department of Environment is expected to make a trip to Navua to inspect the felling of baka trees along the Queens Highway.

The Permanent Secretary for Environment Joshua Wycliffe has directed the Director of Environment to ensure this is done.

After the visit the officer will make a report to the department on whether there was a breach.

This follows concerns from residents of Pacific Harbour that a company located nearby started cutting down baka (banyan) trees yesterday.

The same company was ordered not to cut down the baka trees two years ago and a prohibition notice was issued to stop the cutting of the trees.

Pacific Harbour resident Ronnie Hyer said he was driving down to Suva yesterday morning when he noticed a few men at the site attempting to cut down the trees.

“I have been here 10 years and I don’t know the customs but I understand those are sacred trees,” Mr Hyer said.

Prohibition notices are issued when the Director of Environment believes that an immediate threat or risk to the environment is occurring or may occur due to the activities of an authority or facility.

The recipient may appeal the notice within 21 days of issue.

However, failure to comply with the notice constitutes an offence with a penalty of $10,000 and/or two years imprisonment.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa




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