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Discredited Oakland Institute report put to use by anti-forestry activists

Discredited Oakland Institute report put to use by anti-forestry activists

Anti-forestry activists in PNG are continuing to tout the inexpert and baseless allegations published in a recent report by US-based anti-development group the Oakland Institute.   The errors and misrepresentations in the Oakland report have already been reported by this newsletter. Its main contention is that the relatively low export prices of PNG timber - when compared to timber from Africa and Myanmar - may be evidence of tax evasion and transfer pricing. The Oakland report ...

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PNG Forests Minister confirms validity of SABL agreements

PNG Forests Minister confirms validity of SABL agreements

In late December, PNG Minister for Forests the Hon Douglas Tomuriesa rejected claims of illegal logging that had been made by Oro Governor Gary Juffa. The Minister also clarified that Forest Clearance Authorities issued for areas held under Special Agricultural and Business Leases (SABL) are legal. "Until and unless the SABL has been revoked by the DLPP or cancelled by a Court of Law any FCA issued to such SABL remains valid and is legal" declared ...

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Forestry drops out of the UN Climate change program

Forestry drops out of the UN Climate change program

The virtual disappearance of forestry from the new climate change agreement adopted at the Paris UN Conference last December indicates the global campaign by environmental groups to halt commercial forestry is floundering. The World Bank and major donors in the UK and US, with support from WWF and Greenpeace, had funded programs through a so-called "UN REDD" mechanism to prepare developing countries to limit commercial forestry and instead sell carbon credits.   Countries  like Norway and Australia ...

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Latest FAO Forest Resource Assessment confirms that PNG exhibits little to no deforestation

Latest FAO Forest Resource Assessment confirms that PNG exhibits little to no deforestation

UN report reveals that more than 80% of PNG remains forested, and that there has been negligible deforestation over the last 25 years. In September 2015, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) released the latest edition of the Global Forest Resource Assessment (FRA). The FRA is released every five years, and is considered the best source of data regarding forest cover and land use change. According to FAO, "The Assessment is based on two primary ...

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EU illegal logging legislation is failing - European Court of Auditors

EU illegal logging legislation is failing - European Court of Auditors

The European Court of Auditors has released a damning assessment of the EU's Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan, which finds that the 12-year, €300 million initiative is failing. The FLEGT Action Plan has been in operation since 2003, and includes implementation of the EU Timber Regulation and the Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPA) that the EU has signed with timber-producing countries in an attempt to reduce illegal logging. Estimates of the total cost ...

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Confusion over Australia's Illegal Logging legislation

Confusion over Australia's Illegal Logging legislation

The Australian Department of Agriculture is preparing to implement the regulations accompanying the Illegal Logging Prohibition Act; penalties for importing timber without performing sufficient due diligence to investigate whether it was illegally logged come into force in May 2016. However, the government is still yet to complete a promised Regulatory Impart Statement examining the costs and benefits of the legislation. A parallel review of the legislation's impact on small businesses has been completed by consulting firm ...

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NGOs criticise China for protecting natural forest reserves

Environmental activists claimed in April that China’s significant success expanding national forest reserves had led to deforestation in other countries. Continue reading

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NGOs move to stop European banks from financing agricultural and forestry projects in the developing world

A briefing paper released in March by a consortium of NGOs including Global Witness, Greenpeace and WWF calls on the EU to impose  draconian controls on investors and providers of finance for agricultural and forestry projects in developing countries.   Continue reading

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Environmental activists try to cover over good news on global forest cover

Activists are ignoring major recent international studies which demonstrate that global deforestation has decreased markedly.   Continue reading

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Discredited Oakland Institute report put to use by anti-forestry activists

Anti-forestry activists in PNG are continuing to tout the inexpert and baseless allegations published in a recent report by US-based anti-development group the Oakland Institute.   Continue reading

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PNG forest industries have the support of government and international partners

PNG’s forest industries are entering an exciting period, attracting increasing international interest and acclaim.

  • An innovative new project funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) is currently focusing on increasing the scale and profitability of PNG’s processed timber products.
  • Last year, the APEC Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Forestry (MMRF3) was held in Port Moresby and showcased the commercial and environmental performance of the PNG forestry industry.
  • And in October, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation released its five-yearly Forest Resource Assessment which highlighted what those in the industry have known for some time: thanks to sustainable forest management, over the past 25 years. PNG’s deforestation rate has remained at zero percent.

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PNG Forests Minister confirms validity of SABL agreements

In late December, PNG Minister for Forests the Hon Douglas Tomuriesa rejected claims of illegal logging that had been made by Oro Governor Gary Juffa. The Minister also clarified that Forest Clearance Authorities issued for areas held under Special Agricultural and Business Leases (SABL) are legal. Continue reading

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Major Canadian forestry company questions viability of FSC

Canadian company Resolute Forest Products – North America’s leading producer of newsprint – announced in November 2015 that it would abandon efforts to increase FSC certification in its operations. Continue reading

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World Bank climate change report highlights importance of eradicating poverty

A report released by the World Bank in December 2015 calls for maintaining a focus on eradicating poverty in the design of climate change policy. The authors point out that development and poverty alleviation reduce people’s vulnerability to the effects of a changing climate. Continue reading

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Forestry drops out of the UN Climate change program

The virtual disappearance of forestry from the new climate change agreement adopted at the Paris UN Conference last December indicates the global campaign by environmental groups to halt commercial forestry is floundering. Continue reading

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