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Update on Australia’s Illegal Logging Prohibition legislation – “soft start” extended indefinitely

Update on Australia’s Illegal Logging Prohibition legislation – “soft start” extended indefinitely

Australia’s Illegal Logging Legislation remains stalled. Requirements for Australian timber importers and processors to conduct exhaustive due diligence to establish the “legality” of each consignment of timber products came into force in November 2014. The legislation requires importers and processors to investigate whether timber was harvested in compliance with all applicable laws of the place of origin, including respecting the land use rights of local communities, and ensuring that foreign logging companies are up to ...

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Study reveals that human impact on the environment is decreasing

Study reveals that human impact on the environment is decreasing

A study published in the Journal Nature in August this year shows that although the global population grew by 23% between 1993 and 2009, the human “footprint” increased by just 9%. In the same period, the global economy grew by 153%. The author’s note that this demonstrates that as the population grows – and as the world economy expands -  “the global human economy is increasing its efficiency”. That is, for each new person born, ...

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UNDP persisting with REDD+ in PNG, despite the concept’s proven failure

UNDP persisting with REDD+ in PNG, despite the concept’s proven failure

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) – a proposed system of locking up forest land in developing countries in order to offset greenhouse gas emissions in industrialised countries -  has been repeatedly demonstrated as a failed concept, however the UN Development Programme continues to hire highly-paid consultants to push the idea in PNG. It is now more than five years since PNG first accessed international donor funds to work on “REDD+ Readiness”. And ...

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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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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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Update on Australia’s Illegal Logging Prohibition legislation – “soft start” extended indefinitely

Australia’s Illegal Logging Legislation remains stalled. Requirements for Australian timber importers and processors to conduct exhaustive due diligence to establish the “legality” of each consignment of timber products came into force in November 2014. Continue reading

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Study reveals that human impact on the environment is decreasing

A study published in the Journal Nature in August this year shows that although the global population grew by 23% between 1993 and 2009, the human “footprint” increased by just 9%. In the same period, the global economy grew by 153%. Continue reading

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UNDP persisting with REDD+ in PNG, despite the concept’s proven failure

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) – a proposed system of locking up forest land in developing countries in order to offset greenhouse gas emissions in industrialised countries –  has been repeatedly demonstrated as a failed concept, however the UN Development Programme continues to hire highly-paid consultants to push the idea in PNG. Continue reading

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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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