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    PNG wants to rethink forest law and governance

    Papua New Guinea’s Centre for Environmental and Community Rights, or CELCOR, is demanding the sacking of police working for logging companies. This follows the killing of two landowners and a police officer in a forestry operation in East Sepik last month. The deaths sparked a parliamentary call for an enquiry into police officers working for logging companies as guards. CELCOR’s Peter Bosip said police working for logging companies should no longer be tolerated and Police Commissioner David Manning should take action. “The police commissioner should call all the men from the logging camps and wherever it is found that police are doing illegal business working for a logging company, they…

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    WWF push FSC further into PNG

    A new WWF program is seeking to expand Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification in the Trans-Fly and Kikori River Basin regions of PNG.  The program is an extension of the work WWF has been doing in the country for some years now – mostly aimed at restricting PNG’s commercial forestry industry. WWF has operated in the Trans-fly region of PNG since 2003. Through its ‘Biodiversity Vision for the Transfly’ strategy it has worked to encourage local government authorities to alter land-use plans and use WWF’s High Conservation Value system in spatial planning, which severely curtails available land for forestry and agricultural use.

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    Forestry & Corruption in PNG

    Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) has publicly attacked Papua New Guinea’s forest industry and officials. Capitalising on publicity generated by the launch of its Corruption Perception Index for 2010, TIPNG has directly attacked the Papua New Guinea Forest Authority (PNGFA) as well as its auditing body, claiming that 90 per cent of timber exports are shipped without proper checking.  PNGFA Managing Director, Kanawi Pouru, reiterated that all logs exported from PNG were independently checked and monitored by Swiss inspection company, SGS – one of the global leaders in inspection, testing and certification services. He advised that the process was completely transparent and any questions would be welcomed by the auditor. TIPNG’s…

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    Deceit in Greenpeace’s campaign to greenmail buyers of Indonesian products revealed

    Claims about environmental damage made by Greenpeace about Indonesian company APP have been revealed as false. ITS Global, the sponsor of Forestry and Development, recently released an audit of a report by Greenpeace (“How Sinar Mas is Pulping the Planet”) in which Greenpeace alleged Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) is despoiling the environment and generating greenhouse gases. [1]  APP commissioned the audit. Greenpeace is using the report in its greenmail campaign to pressure businesses in Europe to cease buying APP products. The audit revealed the report contained claims which were based on fiction or could not be supported. It concluded the report was a highly politicized vehicle to advance Greenpeace’s greenmail…

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    Time For PNG NGO’s To Shape Up Or Ship Out

    The role and behaviour of NGO’s in PNG has again come under scrutiny as relations with international investors, the National Government, landowners and local communities threaten to reach breaking point. Misrepresentation, manipulation of facts and instigation of public violence are just some of the claims that have been lodged against NGO’s operating in the country in recent weeks.  With PNG on the brink of a period of sustained economic growth, it is no wonder the National Government is worried. Billions of dollars have been pouring into PNG for resource projects. Besides the AUD 16.5 billion ExxonMobil LNG project, there are promising gas finds in Western and Gulf Provinces and over…

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    CELCOR Targets PNG Anti-Poverty Projects

    The World Bank has launched an investigation into its PNG Smallholder Agriculture Development Project’s (SADP) in Oro and West New Britain provinces at the request of the Center for Environmental Law and Community Rights (CELCOR), a NGO based in Port Moresby. The request for inspection relates to two projects financed by the International Development Association (IDA). The request claims that “customary land owners from Oro province and affected smallholders in one of the three project areas had suffered and believed they were likely to suffer, serious harm from the design and implementation of the project.”   It appears that CELCOR is priming itself for a fight on palm oil. CELCOR…

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    Forest Carbon Takes Another Hit

    A recent study has shown that rainforests store much less carbon than originally thought and that there is variability in the density of carbon stored in seemingly similar forests. The study, carried out by the US-based Carnegie Institution, WWF and the Peruvian Ministry of the Environment (MINAM), used satellite mapping, airborne-laser technology, and ground-based plot surveys of 43,000 square kilometres of Peruvian Amazon forest to create the first high-resolution maps of carbon locked up in tropical forest vegetation.  The results should be hugely influential on how the current REDD plus program is developed and yet have received small mention from the WWF-influenced study group. The findings are set to influence…

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    Memo to PNG Donors: Get Implementation Right

    A new report from PNG’s National Research Institute has delivered a scathing assessment of PNG’s current state of development. The report highlighted two conclusions. First, development indicators remain fragile at best. For example, the gross proportion of the school-aged population enrolled in primary school fell from 65 percent to 55 percent between 1991 and 2006 – while all other countries in the region saw increases. Adding to this, the proportion of PNG’s working-age population living on less than $US1 per day increased from 25 percent in 1996 to 40 percent in 2005.  The second conclusion is that implementation of development strategies is still poor, and that the mantra of aid…

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    New World Bank Report on Agriculture Expansion

    The World Bank (WB) this month released its long-awaited report on the global ‘land-grab’ issue that has been popularised recently by environmental NGO’s accusing the developed world of ‘neo-colonialism.’ The issue centres on the purchasing of large tracts of farmland throughout developing regions of the world, a practice the new report states has increased ten-fold in the last decade. Released just weeks after a NGO report claimed that European companies were ‘grabbing’ land for biofuel crops at the expense of local communities throughout Africa, the WB publication focuses more on development and less on hysterics.  In principle, the report supports the notion of large scale agricultural investment in developing nations,…

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    Memo to PNG Donors: Get Implementation Right

    A new report from PNG’s National Research Institute has delivered a scathing assessment of PNG’s current state of development. The report highlighted two conclusions. First, development indicators remain fragile at best. For example, the gross proportion of the school-aged population enrolled in primary school fell from 65 percent to 55 percent between 1991 and 2006 – while all other countries in the region saw increases. Adding to this, the proportion of PNG’s working-age population living on less than $US1 per day increased from 25 percent in 1996 to 40 percent in 2005.  The second conclusion is that implementation of development strategies is still poor, and that the mantra of aid…