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Team Works With Afghans to Address Timber Issues
American Forces Press Service ^
Posted on 07/30/2009 4:44:28 PM PDT by SandRat
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, July 30, 2009 Members of the provincial reconstruction team in Afghanistans Kunar province facilitated a July 28 meeting between Afghan government officials and provincial leaders to address Kunars timber situation.
Gov. Fazlullah Wahidid met with the Afghan Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal and other officials at his compound in Asadabad to discuss the two main problems in the province: what do with piles of cut lumber and how to stop illegal timber cutting.
Gov. Fazlullah Wahidid of Afghanistans Kunar province addresses Afghan government officials, business leaders, landowners and elders during a meeting to discuss the provinces timber problem, July 28, 2009. U.S. Army photo
(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available.
The days events included remarks from business leaders, landowners and elders on how to protect the environment and replanting the forest, as well as discussions on a hydro-electric dam to be built in Kunar.
The officials decided to keep the lumber thats already cut in the province and use it to develop Kunars wood industry and to help to build a better Afghanistan. The ministers also asked the elders to foster tribal support in finding a way to stop the illegal cutting of new timber.
The successful meeting raised awareness of the timber problem and demonstrated to the people that the Afghan government is taking the issue seriously, officials said.
One of our efforts is to decrease the distance between the government and the local population, Zakhilwal said. The ministers also agreed to take another look at addressing Kunars timber issues after the upcoming elections.
(From a Combined Joint Task Force 82 news release.)
TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; frwn; timber
posted on 07/30/2009 4:44:29 PM PDT
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posted on 07/30/2009 4:45:00 PM PDT
(Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
In all the pictures I’ve seen of Afghanistan, i don’t feel like I’ve seen a whole lot of timber.
posted on 07/30/2009 4:48:35 PM PDT
Timber, I don’t know about, but there’s some great Tourmaline and carved jade coming out of the country.
The Afghans are developing free enterprise in the mountains to their good. I hope the commie slob obuma can be kept out along with his fascist bankers at Goldman-Sachs.
posted on 07/30/2009 6:36:41 PM PDT
(obuma is the anti-Lincoln, trying to re-establish slavery)
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