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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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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.

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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.

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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 … Continue reading

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 … 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 … Continue reading

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