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
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
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
Environmental activists claimed in April that China’s significant success expanding national forest reserves had led to deforestation in other countries. Continue reading
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
Activists are ignoring major recent international studies which demonstrate that global deforestation has decreased markedly. Continue reading
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
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.
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