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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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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 … Continue reading

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Green groups turn a blind eye to environmental crimes

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal highlighted the hypocrisy of major green groups who remain silent on environmental destruction in the South China Sea.

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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.

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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.

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