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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Major Canadian forestry company questions viability of FSC

Canadian company Resolute Forest Products – North America’s leading producer of newsprint – announced in November 2015 that it would abandon efforts to increase FSC certification in its operations. Continue reading

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World Bank climate change report highlights importance of eradicating poverty

A report released by the World Bank in December 2015 calls for maintaining a focus on eradicating poverty in the design of climate change policy. The authors point out that development and poverty alleviation reduce people’s vulnerability to the effects of a changing climate. Continue reading

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Forestry drops out of the UN Climate change program

The virtual disappearance of forestry from the new climate change agreement adopted at the Paris UN Conference last December indicates the global campaign by environmental groups to halt commercial forestry is floundering. Continue reading

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