The Forest Inspections Unit under of the Department of Supervision and Verification in MECNT is the charged with detecting forest infractions and communicating its finding to the appropriate ministry official. However, this service is under-equipped and no information on infractions and the sanctions applied is published.
The Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS) has been contracted to develop the timber traceability system, and has passed on several complaints to MECNT about infractions committed by the operating companies. MECNT has not shown any transparency in dealing with these cases - there have been no prosecutions or any explanations on the follow-up of these complaints.
The independent observer carries out its site visits with the inspectors to help them compile records and undertake prosecutions, but there is still no information about these cases.
|Title||Directorate-General for Control and Verification (DCVI)|
|Organisation||Ministry of the Environment, Conservation of Nature and Tourism|
|Date||20 March 2009|