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2014/04/16 The Governor of CES orders a stop to cutting of teak until further notice, citing 'massive deforestation without replacement'. This follows recent protests about lack of community benefit in Kagelu areas. Snippet
2014/04/10 Timber companies operating in Kagelu National Forest agree to help build a new primary school in the area. This comes in a meeting at the headquarters of Yei River County chaired by the county commissioner after complaints from the local people that they were not gaining enough benefit from the government-licensed activities. The commissioner also suspends teak logging in the area until further measures are in place to ensure community benefits. Snippet 1797
2014/04 Lakes state bans logging and lumbering (rather than issuing licenses for it as previously). The state also requires charcoal and bamboo dealers to obtain permits. Snippet
2014/04 Körgulu people in Yei River County block teak company operations for two days, complaining that the local community is not getting fair benefits from the resource harvesting. Some are reportedly beaten up by employees of Gambo and Sons Timber Company. Snippet 1748
2014/04/01 Environment Minister Deng Deng Hoc Yai returns from UN environment conference in Japan, and warns of desertification if people continue to cut trees without replanting. He also hopes for a co-operation agreement with Japan on environment-friendly urban planning. Snippet
2014/03 Local people impose an ultimatum of two months for refugees from Blue Nile to leave their camp areas in Maban County. There have been clashes causing re-displacement of many refugees. One reason for hostilities is that the refugees are cutting trees for their shelters. There is also competition for firewood, grass and grazing land. The situation is made worse by interruption of relief food supplies. Snippet 1660
2013/11 to 2014/03 Loggers associated with Dot Company are in dispute with the government of WES. They say the Governor threatened and locked them up. The government says they did not get the right permissions before felling teak trees in Embe plantation for transport to Uganda, and that protecting the law is done by the police, not the Governor. Snippet
2013/10 Gum arabic (alias gum africa) is being collected in Manyo County, Upper Nile State, where it seems to have the potential to be an important local product. Snippet
2013/09 Western Equatoria State has signed an MOU with Lumber-logs South Sudan Limited. Their operation involves a saw-mill at Yabua in Nzara County, and teak plantations at Singbi (Nzara) and Marangu (Ezo County). The company has agreed to pay into social funds to compensate the communities in Singbi and Marangu. Snippet
2013/04/03 The government of Western Equatoria State is trying to tax teak at roadblocks, and is calling for a local association of teak producers, to combat suspected exploitation of the local communities by merchants. Snippet 844
2012/08 Aug 2012: Maridi Commissioner Adel Sandarai is sacked by the state governor for selling trees at Embe Forest Reserve to foreign companies (Gurtong 15 Aug 2012) Snippet 595
Reference Mini-review
Aly Verjee, 2013/03/14. Is all well in the teak forests of South Sudan? [Article] African Arguments. Accessed online.

Good-quality piece of investigative journalism, centering on the ethical standards of the Equatoria Teak Company, the Central Equatoria Teak Company, and their majority owner, Maris Capital. It uncovers a faulty claim by ETC to being certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, and also explains some of the practical difficulties of certification processes. But it concludes that the fostering of transparency and responsibility in forestry companies is the best way forward for the teak logging sector, in view of the widespread alternative of illegal and highly wasteful logging.

Oakland Institute, 2011/06. NILE TRADING AND DEVELOPMENT, INC. IN SOUTH SUDAN [Report] The Oakland Institute. Accessed online.

Three-page briefing on a large land deal in which it is suggested a community interest in land in Lainya County was sold by a chief and others to private interests in a way which brought poor reward to the community.

EJAtlas, 2011-2014. Teak forest exploitation, South Sudan [Web page] Environmental Justice Atlas. Accessed online.

Web-page case-file on the teak concession at Nzara operated by the Equatoria Teak Company.

EJAtlas, 2011-2014. Nile Trading and Development / Kinyeti Mysterious Land Deals in Mukaya Payam, Central Equatoria State, South Sudan [Article] Environmental Justice Atlas. Accessed online.

Web-page case-file on a 49-year lease of 600 hectares in Lainya County to Texan business people, sold by an elusive 'Mukaya Payam Cooperative'.


ETC (Equatoria Teak Company)


Equatoria Teak Company calls itself 'South Sudan’s leading sustainable forestry company' (ref). Its operations are based in Nzara, Western Equatoria State, at the site of the historic Nzara Agricultural Complex.

The ETC operation began in Southern Sudan in 2006-7. A 32-year concession for 186 square kilometres was awarded by the Ministry of Agriculture, approved by the Council of Ministers. It involved a lump-sum social contribution of USD 100,000, - most of which was used to build Nzara Secondary School - and royalties according to the quantity of timber exported. Originally the company's majority shareholders were agencies of the British and Finnish governments. But these stakes were sold in 2010 to Maris Capital, a venture capital company with offices in London and African cities (ref).





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