Communities in Kolombangara stages peaceful protest against logging operation

The march protest today. Photo: Supplied

Villagers on Kolombangara Island in the Western Province today (Sunday 16 April) staged a peaceful protest against a logging company operation on their Island.

The protest was staged at Vavanga village.

Sources from the Western Province told Solomon Fresh-Beat Online tonight that more than 300 people from Iriri, Taghoapa and Vavanga community involved in the march with banners carrying this powerful message “we need Justice and peace, not logging”.

Women with their banner during the protest. Photo: Supplied

The peaceful march protest includes men, women and children who took to a log pond site at Vavanga where an Asian logging company have landed its machineries to show their disapproval of logging operation in their land.

Kolombangara is an island in the New Georgia Islands group in the Western Solomons.

The name is from a local language meaning “Water Lord/King” with approximately 80 rivers and streams running down its rims.

Children speaks against logging. Photo: Supplied

Kolombangara is heavily forested and the most significant industry on the island at this time is logging, with the largest of these based at Poitete, substation of Kolombangara Forestry Plantation Limited (KFPL).