Featured Posts
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 ...

Continue reading

UNDP-sponsored sustainable agriculture report recommends costly certification for PNG palm oil

UNDP-sponsored sustainable agriculture report recommends costly certification for PNG palm oil

A recent report released by the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility - which is administered by the United Nations Development Programme in PNG - recommends burdening PNG's entire palm oil sector with costly certification requirements that deliver negligible benefits. The recommendation was included alongside calls to restrict the amount of land available for agriculture in PNG. The report makes a set of unsupported statements about the palm oil certification scheme administered by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm ...

Continue reading

International report questions effectiveness of illegal logging import regulations

International report questions effectiveness of illegal logging import regulations

A recently released report examining the issue of illegal logging has uncovered many of the false assumptions made by policy makers in industrialised countries. The report – released by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) – consists of an in-depth analysis of the drivers and impacts of illegal logging, as well as policy responses to the issue. Not surprisingly, the policy responses of developed countries (particularly the US, EU and Australia) are judged as ...

Continue reading

Environmental activists confirm that forestry and palm oil are not major causes of deforestation

Environmental activists confirm that forestry and palm oil are not major causes of deforestation

The US-based Union of Concerned Scientists recently published a blog post admitting that anti-forestry and -palm oil campaigns are not justified. The article, entitled Ending Tropical Deforestation: Have We Got Our Priorities Backwards?, pointed out that although the palm oil and forestry industries attract more attention from environmental activists than other agricultural sectors, they are far from the most important drivers of tropical deforestation. The number one driver of tropical deforestation is cattle ranching, followed by ...

Continue reading

PNG’s Climate Change and Development Authority publishes report refuting decades of exaggerated estimates of deforestation in PNG

PNG’s Climate Change and Development Authority publishes report refuting decades of exaggerated estimates of deforestation in PNG

Papua New Guinea’s Climate Change and Development Authority (CCDA) recently published updated estimates of forest conversion in PNG that show the issue has been grossly exaggerated by activists. The Forest Reference Level Annual Report produced by the CCDA reports that just 200,000 hectares – or 0.71 percent – of PNG’s vast forest estate was converted over the past 15 years. These findings fly in the face of scientifically questionable estimates of forest loss that have been ...

Continue reading

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 ...

Continue reading



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. Continue reading

Posted in News | Comments Off on Anti-development groups use SABL controversy to try to block agriculture

UNDP-sponsored sustainable agriculture report recommends costly certification for PNG palm oil

A recent report released by the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility – which is administered by the United Nations Development Programme in PNG – recommends burdening PNG’s entire palm oil sector with costly certification requirements that deliver negligible benefits. Continue reading

Posted in News | Comments Off on UNDP-sponsored sustainable agriculture report recommends costly certification for PNG palm oil

International report questions effectiveness of illegal logging import regulations

A recently released report examining the issue of illegal logging has uncovered many of the false assumptions made by policy makers in industrialised countries. Continue reading

Posted in News | Comments Off on International report questions effectiveness of illegal logging import regulations

Environmental activists confirm that forestry and palm oil are not major causes of deforestation

The US-based Union of Concerned Scientists recently published a blog post admitting that anti-forestry and -palm oil campaigns are not justified. The article, entitled Ending Tropical Deforestation: Have We Got Our Priorities Backwards?, pointed out that although the palm oil and forestry industries attract more attention from environmental activists than other agricultural sectors, they are far from the most important drivers of tropical deforestation.

The number one driver of tropical deforestation is cattle ranching, followed by soy farming, pig and poultry farming, and maize cultivation. Despite this, activists devote most of their time to pressuring palm oil and timber producers to make no-deforestation pledges. This demonstrates an ideological, rather than practical, basis for their campaigns.

As was stated in the article: “…the end result was that we concentrated on getting corporate zero-deforestation commitments relating to crops that weren’t the main causes of deforestation.”

As this publication has long argued, forest-rich countries and communities need to be able to set their own land use policies, balancing the need for economic development against the importance of protecting the environment. Environmental activists should seek to help inform these decisions, rather than attempting to pressure important national industries that are not even important drivers of forest conversion.

Posted in News | Comments Off on Environmental activists confirm that forestry and palm oil are not major causes of deforestation

PNG’s Climate Change and Development Authority publishes report refuting decades of exaggerated estimates of deforestation in PNG

Papua New Guinea’s Climate Change and Development Authority (CCDA) recently published updated estimates of forest conversion in PNG that show the issue has been grossly exaggerated by activists. Continue reading

Posted in News | Comments Off on PNG’s Climate Change and Development Authority publishes report refuting decades of exaggerated estimates of deforestation in PNG

PNG government debates proposed increase to log export tax

Papua New Guinea’s Department of Treasury has proposed a sharp increase to the log export tax, which – if implemented – would devastate PNG’s forest industries. Continue reading

Posted in News | Comments Off on PNG government debates proposed increase to log export tax

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

Posted in News | Comments Off on Update on Australia’s Illegal Logging Prohibition legislation – “soft start” extended indefinitely

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

Posted in News | Comments Off on Study reveals that human impact on the environment is decreasing

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

Posted in News | Comments Off on UNDP persisting with REDD+ in PNG, despite the concept’s proven failure