Monday, 20 July 2009

Oooh It Makes Me Mad

Overhead in a popular watering hole the other night. One UN Old Hand (i.e. more than 3 months here) handing out her wisdom to a couple of newbie’s:

“I like to collect Tais, but you can also get some really good coral jewellery here. The antique stuff is quite expensive but you can buy some made with new coral so I’d say get that”

It’s fucking illegal to buy or sell coral products here, to try and export it out of the country and to try and import it into either Australia, Singapore or Indonesia. Aside from that doesn’t this idiot watch Discovery, Animal Planet or any of the other many channels that have been telling us for years that coral reefs are dying? That we have a responsibility to help protect them.

UNTAET
UNTAET/REG/2000/19
30 June 2000
REGULATION NO. 2000/19
ON PROTECTED PLACES

Section 4
Coral Reefs

The coral reefs present in the waters of East Timor shall be protected. For the
purposes of the present regulation:
(a) the intentional killing, damaging, or destruction of coral or coral reef;
(b) the use of explosives or poisons for fishing which results in the killing,
damaging, or destroying of coral or coral reef;
(c) the buying or selling of coral or products made from coral; and
(d) the export of coral or products made from coral,
shall be prohibited.

Well, that got that off my well oiled and muscular chest

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4 comments:

The Dili Insider said...

Got any related photos?

Anonymous said...

I thought you were going to point out the difference between antique coral and fresh coral jewellery.
How old is antique coral?

Rumpig

Big BubbleMaker said...

Always keep a copy of the UN's code of Conduct ready to read it out to such staff members. Photographic evidence would be great. What about hiding with a camera near those stalls and spending a day noting down vehicle numbers of (UN) buyers?

Scope for a nice piece of investigative journalism?

Clammy said...

WTF, why am I not surprised.