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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.

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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.

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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 … 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 … 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.

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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.

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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. 

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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 … 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.

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