University students (SINU) visit timber export activities in Honiara
While loading a container with sustainable produced timbers the members from the Tarelavata tribe, a FSC certified partner in Choiseul, were pleasantly surprised by a visit of forestry university students who were interested to see the containerizing of timbers for export first hand. The practical field trip was organized by the Ministry of Forestry who is also facilitating the export of the timber for the NRDF-FSC members. The almost 20 cubic meter of timber (Vitex Cofassus) will be exported to a timber buyer in Australia. It is the first time that the Tarelavata tribe send timber to the overseas market and it is considered as a first important trial to experience all the work involved and also experience the benefits of exporting timber to the Australia markets. The Tarelavata tribe will be visited by a team of auditors at the end of April as part of the annual FSC surveillance visit.