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The Anti-Forestry Mantra is Chanted in Port Moresby

As Papua New Guinea is the host of APEC in 2018, the APEC Expert Group on Illegal Logging and Associated Trade (EGILAT) meets in Port Moresby. The aim of the group is to monitor forestry in APEC economies and halt illegal logging. However activists and anti-forestry groups are campaigning to restrict all commercial forestry.   This has been a long standing target of WWF and Greenpeace. They have deliberately opted not to understand or care not to ...

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Papua New Guinea palm oil - the nation's number one agricultural export

Papua New Guinea palm oil - the nation's number one agricultural export

The member for Pomio and Minister for Public Service Elias Kapavore opened a new district office complex in Pomio East New Britain this week, to support development in the area.  Reinforcing the gains of this administrative upgrade is the development in Pomio of a major new palm oil project. The Minister - accompanied by Australia's High Commissioner to PNG Bruce Davis - also used the occasion to break ground on a new secondary school that will ...

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UNDP continues to fund wasteful REDD+ program

UNDP continues to fund wasteful REDD+ program

For more than a decade, the United Nations Development Programme has funded activities and recruited staff for the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) initiative, a program that has no logic for PNG and simply funds overpriced consultants.  On August 30 2017, government officials, NGO staff and some private sector representatives were hosted in Kokopo, East New Britain as yet another costly activity that has delivered no apparent results.   The best that UNDP's Chief ...

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Western activists attack PM and forest exports

Western activists attack PM and forest exports

False accusations and media coverage threaten livelihoods and jobs Recent articles in PNG's print media include false claims about PNG forestry and agriculture. The claims are based on a report released by anti-development activists based in London. The activists have directly attacked the Prime Minister, as well as agriculture and forestry - two of PNG's most important export industries - with unfounded accusations of illegality. Significant commercial damage to essential export industries The report's authors claim that any ...

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FAO's REDD+ project in PNG limps to a halt

FAO's REDD+ project in PNG limps to a halt

FAO's five year, US$4.3 million-dollar Papua New Guinea REDD+ project has drawn to a close, with very little achieved. Despite the services of dozens of international experts, the challenge of how to track and sell carbon credits generated by PNG's forests has proven insurmountable. The over-riding objective of this project was to "ensure that by 2013, PNG has an operational Measurement, Reporting and Verification system that enables the country's participation in international REDD+ systems to protect ...

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Has Greenpeace quietly abandoned its campaign against PNG forestry?

Has Greenpeace quietly abandoned its campaign against PNG forestry?

International activist group Greenpeace appears to have abandoned its fight against the PNG forestry industry. The organisation has been silent on PNG for almost four years. As reported in this newsletter, Greenpeace closed down its PNG-based operations some time before late-2014, selling its office and dismissing local staff. The PNG contact details were removed from Greenpeace websites, and it was understood that Greenpeace Australia Pacific was to manage PNG activities. From that time forward, there have ...

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Anti-development groups use SABL controversy to try to block agriculture

Anti-development groups use SABL controversy to try to block agriculture

PNG activists funded by foreign groups are using the controversy around Special Agricultural and Business Leases to try to shut down a successful agricultural development that is delivering jobs and incomes for local communities. Landowners in Pomio, East New Britain, are furious that anti-development activists are trying to destroy a project that is already changing lives. The Sigite Mukus Integrated Rural Development project - located in Pomio, East New Britain - is a major agricultural project ...

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Catholic Church continues efforts to block agricultural development in Pomio, against the will of landowners

The Archbishop of Rabaul in East New Britain – aided by previously deported missionary Doug Tennent – is facing a restraining order issued by Pomio landowners who object to his anti-development activities. Continue reading

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Anti-development activists attempt to capture PNG’s agriculture sector

It has been recently reported that Papua New Guinea’s agriculture sector is at risk of being stifled by anti-development activists. Palm oil producers, who generate more income for PNG than growers of any other crop, are being targeted. Continue reading

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PNG Forest Industries Association sounds warning on investment

Bob Tate, Executive Officer of the PNG Forest Industries Association (PNGFIA), addressed a meeting of the International Tropical Timber Organisation in Peru last week, highlighting falling investment in the forestry sector caused by policy confusion and the agendas of foreign donor organisations. Continue reading

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The Anti-Forestry Mantra is Chanted in Port Moresby

As Papua New Guinea is the host of APEC in 2018, the APEC Expert Group on Illegal Logging and Associated Trade (EGILAT) meets in Port Moresby. The aim of the group is to monitor forestry in APEC economies and halt illegal logging. Continue reading

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APEC Illegal Logging Experts Group announces increased customs cooperation

The Expert Group on Illegal Logging and Associated Trade (EGILAT) of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) organisation will promote increased customs cooperation between member economies to combat illegal logging in protected areas. Continue reading

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New PNG Lands Minister announces welcome action on SABL controversy

Incoming Minister for Lands and Physical Planning Justin Tkatchenko has announced a thorough review of all outstanding Special Agricultural and Business Leases, promising to confirm the legitimate projects and cancel those deemed fraudulent. Continue reading

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UNDP continues to fund wasteful REDD+ program

For more than a decade, the United Nations Development Programme has funded activities and recruited staff for the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) initiative, a program that has no logic for PNG and simply funds overpriced consultants.  Continue reading

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Papua New Guinea palm oil – the nation’s number one agricultural export

The member for Pomio and Minister for Public Service Elias Kapavore opened a new district office complex in Pomio East New Britain this week, to support development in the area.  Reinforcing the gains of this administrative upgrade is the development in Pomio of a major new palm oil project. Continue reading

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Western activists attack PM and forest exports

False accusations and media coverage threaten livelihoods and jobs

Recent articles in PNG’s print media include false claims about PNG forestry and agriculture. Continue reading

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