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Timber harvesting

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Observations List

Date
Status
Country
Producer
FMU
Category
Detail
Severity
Report
2012
Published (not modified)
COG
ADL
Mouyala
Timber harvesting
Number of trees harvested greater than the number authorized by the 2009 annual cutting permit completed in 2010: 3 090 trees of all species were felled while the authorization only allowed 1 068 trees, i.e. an excess of 2 022 trees, some of which were cut beyond the valid period of completion.... Read more
3
2012
Published (not modified)
COG
ADL
Mouyala
Timber harvesting
Felling outside the limits of the annual cutting permit and outside the operating permit. The mission counted around thirty stumps bearing serial numbers between 082 and 370 as well as 3 log ponds all outside the materialized limit.... Read more
3
2012
Published (not modified)
COG
ADL
Mouyala
Timber harvesting
Poor marking of stumps and some logs (with industrial chalk)... Read more
0
2012
Published (not modified)
COG
ADL
Mouyala
Right to exploit
Certain operations of the ADL company concession are carried out by the company Taman Industries Ltd (TIL) without authorization from the administration.... Read more
2
2012
Published (not modified)
COG
ASIA CONGO INDUSTRIE
Massanga
Timber harvesting
6 shafts and 11 unmarked logs found in the field.... Read more
1
2012
Published (not modified)
COG
ASIA CONGO INDUSTRIE
Louvakou
Timber harvesting
No recording of the wood used for the bridge construction in the logging site. 11 logs of marketable species (Iroko, Padouk, Mukulungu) intended for this use did not bear a serial number or marking of the company hammer.... Read more
1
2012
Published (not modified)
COG
ASIA CONGO INDUSTRIE
Massanga
Timber harvesting
Massive duplication of log numbers and false declarations: the Independent Monitor has identified nearly 700 cases of logs lying on timber yards in the forest with serial numbers between 7 000 and 10 000, which had already been evacuated between May and early September 2011 according to the information contained in the company's briefs and field logbooks.... Read more
3
2012
Published (not modified)
COG
CIBN
Nyanga
Timber harvesting
Fausse déclaration d'essence et utilisation de manoeuvres frauduleuses pour se soustraire au paiement des taxes (2ième essence non déclarée dans le carnet de chantier et donc assujettie au paiement de la taxe d'abattage; duplication des numéros des fûts)... Read more
2
2012
Published (not modified)
COG
SFIB
Ngouha II nord
Timber harvesting
Exploitation of 23 trees of 8 species not specified in the 2011 Annual Cutting Permit. Including 2 Aiélé, 5 Ozingo, 4 Safoukala, 3 Congo-Tali, 2 Khaya, 2 Longhi Rouge, 2 Sifou-sifou and 3 Olon... Read more
1
2012
Published (not modified)
COG
SOFIL
Léboulou
Timber harvesting
Feeling of 8 Essia trees above the authorized quota.... Read more
1
2012
Published (not modified)
COG
SOFIL
Léboulou
Right to exploit
Subcontracting of logging activities without authorization.... Read more
2
2012
Published (modified)
COG
SOFIL
Léboulou
Timber harvesting
No update of the field log books. The last tree recorded in the field logbook bears the number 931 whereas in the field register, the number of trees felled is greater than 1200. SOFIL was unable to present the map of the Annual Cutting Permit in operation to the mission under the pretext of the absence of the company's cartographer.... Read more
1
2012
Published (not modified)
COG
SOFIL
Léboulou
Timber harvesting
Failure to comply with the rules relating to exploitation (marking out title limits): no indication enabling identification of the limits of the annual cutting permit or of the concession noted on the ground.... Read more
2
2012
Published (modified)
COG
SOFIL
Léboulou
Timber harvesting
Underestimation of volumes felled on the basis of which the felling tax is calculated: SOFIL proceeds to shaping the logs before calculating the shaft volumes of the felled trees.... Read more
0
2012
Published (modified)
COG
YOKA René
Kimongo louila
Timber harvesting
Use of markings unrelated to the company holding the forest title. ... Read more
0
2012
Published (not modified)
COG
BPL
Lopola
Timber harvesting
Erasures and corrections on waybills and delay in updating the field logbooks.... Read more
1
2012
Published (not modified)
COG
BPL
Lopola
Timber harvesting
Logs declared evacuated in the field logbook documents but still lying in the forest, and transport of the same log with 2 different waybills.... Read more
1
2012
Published (not modified)
COG
MOKABI SA
Mokabi dzanga
Timber harvesting
Use of fraudulent maneuvers to evade payment of taxes: under recording of lengths (Sapelli n4795 shaft has a length of 17.9m while the sum of the lengths of the logs which come from them is 27.1m - i.e. a difference of 9.2m. Similarly, the shaft of Sapelli n9394 has a length of 11.7m for a total length of the logs of 38.6m). This underestimation of lengths has repercussions on the volume of tree shafts, and consequently on the felling tax. Moreover, it was noted that for shafts n4287, 4288,4367 and 4808, the diameters of the small ends (or top) are greater than the average diameters of the logs.... Read more
1
2012
Published (not modified)
COG
MOKABI SA
Mokabi dzanga
Timber harvesting
Several dozen of trees stored between February and March 2011 were still lying on the sawmill park of MOKABI at the time of the passage of the mission. 825.79 m3 of wood (Mahogany: 71.21 m3; Sapelli: 515.99 m3; Tali: 136.67 m3; Bossé: 101.91 m3) have been stored for more than 6 months.... Read more
3
2012
Published (not modified)
COG
CONGO DEJIA WOOD INDUSTRY
Mbomo-kéllé
Timber harvesting
Non transmission of some of the 2011 field logbooks production reports for the month of December 2011. ... Read more
3
2012
Published (modified)
COG
CONGO DEJIA WOOD INDUSTRY
Mbomo-kéllé
Timber harvesting
Felling in excess o additional 925 trees in the first Annual Cutting Permit hold and 796 trees in the second hold (holds are the parts of an Annual Cutting Permit separated from each other by natural obstacles (swamps, rugged terrain, protected area)... Read more
3
2012
Published (not modified)
COG
WANG SAM COMPANY
Makoua
Local population rights & labor regulations
Wang Sam Resources and Trading Company Congo (WSR) has not fulfilled any of its contractual obligations under the company's contributions to the socio-economic development of the department and to the equipment of the forest administration for the years 2011 and 2012 or in terms of investment.... Read more
3
2012
Published (not modified)
COG
ASIA CONGO INDUSTRIE
Transport, trade, export and CITES
Export of a volume of 21 975 m3 after suspension sent by the Director General of Forest Economy (DGEF), 2012.... Read more
0
2013
Published (not modified)
COG
TAMAN INDUSTRIE
Mpoukou-ogoué
Timber harvesting
Felling of a Pachyloba Doussié tree which is not on the list of species authorized for exploitation.... Read more
1
2013
Published (not modified)
COG
TAMAN INDUSTRIE
Mpoukou-ogoué
Timber harvesting
The company TIL felled 2 moabi trees in addition to the authorized quota.... Read more
1
2013
Published (not modified)
COG
TAMAN INDUSTRIE
Mpoukou-ogoué
Timber harvesting
The northern boundary of the annual cutting permit, which at the same time acts as the boundary between the forest concession Bambama and Mpoukou Ogoué, is not maintained in accordance with the provisions of the forest law.... Read more
2
2013
Published (not modified)
COG
TAMAN INDUSTRIE
Mpoukou-ogoué
Timber harvesting
Felling under diameter of Okoumé trees: Okoumé trees with a base diameter of between 60 and 65 cm were exploited by the company TIL.... Read more
0
2013
Published (not modified)
COG
TAMAN INDUSTRIE
Mpoukou-ogoué
Timber harvesting
Poor maintenance of field logbooks, characterized by lack of update. In fact, the last logs registered in the field logbook n ° 3 bears the n ° 2831 while the another field document indicates 2877 registered logs. Meanwhile and on the site, a log bearing the n ° 2905 was found.... Read more
1
2013
Published (not modified)
COG
TAMAN INDUSTRIE
Mpoukou-ogoué
Timber harvesting
Use of fraudulent maneuvers to evade payment of taxes through underestimation of the dimensions of log shafts and logs. Examination of the logbook has systematically revealed that the difference between the length of the log shaft and that of the logs oscillates between 0 and 30 cm.... Read more
0
2013
Published (not modified)
COG
TAMAN INDUSTRIE
Banda nord
Timber harvesting
Défaut de marques sur certaines souches, culées et billes, caracterisé par l'absence du marteau forestier de la société et du numéro d'ordre d'abattage... Read more
1
2013
Published (modified)
COG
TAMAN INDUSTRIE
Mpoukou-ogoué
Timber harvesting
Taman Industries Ltd (TIL) exported timber from the Forest Management Unit Mpoukou Ogoué (whose exports of timber in the form of logs are suspended) by passing it off as timber exploited in FMU Banda Nord for which exports are authorized at a rate of 50% of the log volume. Based on the monthly production reports sent by the company to the Administration, the volume thus fraudulently exported would therefore amount to a minimum of 19 130 ​​m3 for the months of July and August 2012.... Read more
2013
Published (modified)
COG
TAMAN INDUSTRIE
Mpoukou-ogoué
Timber harvesting
Based on the compilation of the Monthly Production Reports (French: EMP) of the company Taman Industries Ltd (TIL) for Forest Concession Banda from the start of its activities until the end of October 2012, it appears that this company felled 4 813 trees, hence it is obvious that two months before - that is to say in August 2012 - the company TIL would not have been able to export logs bearing serial numbers greater than or equal to 1 500 because its production had not yet reached this number of trees in the Banda concession at that time according to the Monthly Production Reports (French: EMP).... Read more
3
2013
Published (modified)
COG
CONGO DEJIA WOOD INDUSTRY
Mbomo-kéllé
Timber harvesting
Recurrent corrections and erasures with a pen on waybills concerning the log numbers and the total volume transported, following addition and/or removal of other logs. Failure to update logbooks, resulting in a lack of data on logs (number, numbers, length, average diameter and cubic size) when the majority of them had already been removed. This poor behaviour had already been noted and notified in a Statement of Offence by the Direction of Forests during its assessment mission of the 2012 annual cuting permit and expertise of the 2013 CA of November 13, 2012. This is a recurrent case.... Read more
3
2013
Published (modified)
COG
CONGO DEJIA WOOD INDUSTRY
Mbomo-kéllé
Timber harvesting
False declaration of species and monthly production: the monitor noted contradictions in the denomination of species between the field logbooks where they are recorded after felling and the waybills used for their evacuation to the sawmill. Substitution of the numbers: an Okan log was evacuated while in the logbook the same number corresponds to a Beli which the company claims to have abandoned due to rot.... Read more
0
2013
Published (not modified)
COG
CONGO DEJIA WOOD INDUSTRY
Mbomo-kéllé
Timber harvesting
Massive duplication of the numbers assigned to felled timber: assignment of the same number twice to different logs. The felling order numbers the most concerned by these duplicates are those between 1700 and 1800.... Read more
2
2013
Published (modified)
COG
CONGO DEJIA WOOD INDUSTRY
Mbomo-kéllé
Right to exploit
Continuation of logging activities without authorization: the Monitor found stumps of freshly felled trees in the 2012 annual cutting permit, while the company was only authorized to remove remaining logs not taken out by the deadline: 22 Azobe stumps, 1 Dibetou stump, 1 Iroko stump, 2 Moabi stumps, 7 Okan stumps, 5 Paouk stumps, 3 Tali stumps, 1 Wengue stump. CDWI disguised these felling by duplicating numbers, in order to pass this wood as having been cut before the expiration of the validity of the 2012 annual cutting authorization. This continued felling is also confirmed by the considerable difference between the volume to be removed, calculated and authorized by the Direction of Forests on January 02, 2013 which amounts to 7 490 m3 and the volume actually evacuated by the CDWI company until the date of the joint field mission on March 14, 2013 namely 11 308 m3, and a large stock of wood to be evacuated was still lying in the forest.... Read more
3
2013
Published (not modified)
COG
CONGO DEJIA WOOD INDUSTRY
Mbomo-kéllé
Local population rights & labor regulations
For the year 2012, the company did not fulfill any of its contractual obligations related to the contribution to the socio-economic development of the department.... Read more
3
2013
Published (not modified)
COG
BPL
Lopola
Taxes, fees and royalties
BOIS ET PLACAGES DE LOPOLA (BPL) is liable for more than 343 505 788 FCFA (523 671 Euros) for the various taxes for which two moratoria have been established with the Forestry Administration... Read more
3
2013
Published (modified)
COG
BPL
Lopola
Timber harvesting
Padouk which has not yet reached the exploitable diameter not declared in the field logbook.... Read more
1
2013
Published (not modified)
COG
BPL
Lopola
Local population rights & labor regulations
While most of the contractual obligations relating to the equipment of the Forest Administration have been fully or partially fulfilled, the only one which concerned the socio-economic development of the department, and therefore the populations, has not. Indeed, the development of the three-year program which was to be funded by the BOIS ET PLACAGES DE LOPOLA (BPL) company for 70,000,000 FCFA (106 701 Euros) as per the agreement, was never started by the Forestry Administration .... Read more
2
2013
Published (not modified)
COG
BPL
Lopola
Local population rights & labor regulations
BOIS ET PLACAGES DE LOPOLA (BPL) had planned to set up a local development fund (FDL) at the rate of 200 FCFA per m3 of marketable wood, which still remains inoperative although the development plan was adopted in 2010. In view of the above, in 2011 the BPL company owed the sum of 13 540 703 FCFA (20 618 Euros)... Read more
2
2013
Published (not modified)
COG
LIKOUALA TIMBER
Taxes, fees and royalties
The DDEF-Lik (Forest Ministry - departmental level) accuses the company of unpaid taxes for an amount of 751 310 194 FCFA (1 148 274 Euros)... Read more
3
2013
Published (not modified)
COG
LIKOUALA TIMBER
Missa
Local population rights & labor regulations
The Lilouala Timber company has provided as a social clause in the MISSA concession management plan, the establishment of a local development fund of 200 FCFA per m3 of marketable timber. This fund was still not functional at the time of the mission, due to lack of provision. The amount owed by the company amounts to 6,210,820 FCFA (9,468 €) valued on the basis of log production for 2012 which amounts to 31 054 m3.... Read more
2
2013
Published (not modified)
COG
MOKABI SA
Mokabi dzanga
Timber harvesting
Failure to respect the diameter under which a tree should not be felled: this is the case of a Mukulungu with a diameter of 181 cm, a protected species according to the management plan, felled with the agreement of the head of brigade, entered in the field document for road opening and used for the construction of a bridge.... Read more
2
2013
Published (modified)
COG
MOKABI SA
Mokabi dzanga
Timber harvesting
Presence of modifications and erasures on MOKABI SA company transport documents.... Read more
1
2013
Published (modified)
COG
MOKABI SA
Mokabi dzanga
Timber harvesting
For the 2012 Annual Cutting Permit, Mokabi cut down the 90 Iroko trees authorized and postponed the registration of 6 other Iroko trees felled in 2012 to conceal exceeding the quota set for 2012.... Read more
1
2013
Published (modified)
COG
MOKABI SA
Mokabi dzanga
Timber harvesting
Certain species belonging to group I (species with development objective) cut down for road opening are not recorded in the log books, when they are not recovered by the company for other reasons. This is for example the case of unmarked pink Pao and Tchitola observed during field investigations in parcel EV43.... Read more
0
2013
Published (not modified)
COG
MOKABI SA
Mokabi dzanga
Timber harvesting
Failure to register certain felled timber in log books - akin to the use of fraudulent maneuvers to evade payment of taxes due. For example, unmarked pink Pao and Tchitola observed during field investigations.... Read more
1
2013
Published (not modified)
COG
MOKABI SA
Mokabi dzanga
Local population rights & labor regulations
Most of the obligations provided for in the specifications of the MOKABI company agreement have been fulfilled with the exception of 3 of them: the repair of the buildings housing for the DDEF-Lik and the accommodation of the Director (roofing, painting and ceiling), the construction of the Mokabi multi-service brigade and the construction of the Enyellé football field... Read more
1
2014
Published (no comments)
CIV
STBC - Société de Transformation du Bois du Cavally
Timber harvesting
From June 2014 to December 2014, 10 unmarked logs were abandoned in the log storage park or in the forest for more than 3 months ... Read more
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