Land News

FEATURE-Illegal settlers threaten Zimbabwe's timber industry

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

By: Andrew Mambondiyani

Date: 21 February 2017

Source: Reuters

From the mountaintop at Skyline in the Chimanimani district of eastern Zimbabwe, a mosaic of scorched trees and timber can be seen stretching for miles on end.

Lit by a wave of illegal settlers, the fires regularly rage through the pine and eucalyptus plantations of Manicaland province, destroying vast swathes of timber at enormous cost.

Darlington Duwa, CEO of the Timber Producers Federation

Chamber of Mines Calls For Collaboration To Fight Illegal Miners

Monday, February 20, 2017

Date: 19 February 2017

Source:News Ghana

The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Mr John Peter Amewu has reiterated government’s commitment to address holistically the menace of illegal mining.

Speaking during a courtesy call on him by members of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, Mr Amewu called for collaboration with the Chamber to take the fight to the illegal miners.

Government Ditches Hydropower Dam for More Coal Power

Monday, February 20, 2017


Date: 20 February 2017

Source: The Cambodia Daily

The government has indefinitely put off plans for a hydropower dam in Koh Kong province’s Areng valley in favor of expanding an existing coal-fired power plant, though conservationists worry that a planned transmission line through the ecologically sensitive valley could still inflict heavy damage.

Saraga Settlers Evicted from Homes

Monday, February 20, 2017

By: Bethanie Harriman

Date: 20 February 2017

Source: emtv

Over 200 Settlers in Saraga were evicted today by Police acting on a court order.

A Papua New Guinean company has a business lease over the land, obtained in 2014.

Settlers allege the land was obtained in a questionable manner.

Today, an excavator goes through fences, homes and stores at the Saraga settlement. A construction company is taking control of land it claims to have a title over since 2014.