World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Illegal Logging in Papua New Guinea

Rimbunan Hijau guilty

Port Moresby, October 30 2008

Malaysian logging giant Rimbunan Hijau (RH) admitted yesterday that its rights to log the vast Kamula Doso forest area in Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) Western Province were awarded illegally.

The PNG Eco-Forestry Forum (EFF) challenged the allocation of the concession two years ago and has been fighting RH in PNG’s courts since.

“For two years RH has known that the concession was illegal but waited until minutes before the case was to be heard by PNG’s Supreme Court to admit its guilt,” said Sam Moko, Greenpeace Australia Pacific forests campaigner. “In those two years it has used the PNG legal system to intimidate the plaintiffs in the hope that the case would be dropped.”

Kenn Mondiai, Chairperson of the Eco-Forestry Forum called the Supreme Court decision a major victory for good governance.

“This decision demonstrates to the whole world what has been going on for far too long, and legally reaffirms the Forum’s claim of widespread illegal logging in PNG facilitated by the government and the logging industry,” he said. “This is only the tip of the iceberg and there is more to be uncovered on the unlawful acquisition of resources.”

Greenpeace believes that up to 90 per cent of all logging in PNG is illegal, mainly due to the lack of prior and informed consent by traditional landowners and the failure of the PNG Government to follow and enforce its own forestry laws. The majority of logging operations in PNG are environmentally, economically and socially unsustainable. On a recent trip around PNG the Greenpeace ship, Esperanza, documented many breaches of the logging code of practice and instances of illegal logging.

The 800,000-hectare Kamula Doso concession is the jewel in the crown of PNG’s remaining untouched tropical forest areas. Logging companies are desperate to get their hands on the concession. By not logging Kamula Dosa an estimated 36 million tons of carbon has been saved, worth at least 1 billion Euros.

“Despite the PNG Government asking for international money to protect its forests for the benefit of the global climate, illegal and destructive logging continues to be rampant in PNG,” Mr Moko said. “It will be difficult for PNG to convince donor countries that it has the capacity to monitor and enforce forest protection unless these issues are addressed adequately.”

“If Papua New Guinea wants to be taken seriously internationally when asking for carbon financing support, there must be a moratorium on the allocation of all new concessions.” Mr Moko said. “All existing concessions must be reviewed and any that are found to be in breach of forestry laws should be revoked. There should also be an immediate investigation into the serious allegations of corruption between politicians and logging companies.”


© Scoop Media

World Headlines


UN: Conflict, COVID, Climate Crisis, Likely To Fuel Acute Food Insecurity In 23 ‘Hunger Hotspots’

Life-saving aid to families on the brink of famine is being cut off in several countries by fighting and blockades, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) said in a new report issued on Friday... More>>

Oxfam: Vaccine Monopolies Make Cost Of Vaccinating The World Against Covid At Least Five Times More Expensive Than It Could Be

The cost of vaccinating the world against COVID-19 could be at least five times cheaper if pharmaceutical companies weren’t profiteering from their monopolies on COVID-19 vaccines, campaigners from the People’s Vaccine Alliance said today...

Afghanistan: Record Number Of Women And Children Killed Or Wounded

More women and children were killed and wounded in Afghanistan in the first half of 2021 than in the first six months of any year since records began in 2009, a United Nations report revealed on Monday... More>>

Focus On: UN SDGs

Food Systems: More Than 100 Countries Discuss Visions For Futures To Accelerate Global Action Ahead Of September Summit

More than 100 countries came together over the course of three-days to discuss how they will transform their national food systems to drive progress against the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030... More>>

Food Systems: Italian & Rwandan Leaders Join Urgent Call To Transform World’s Food Systems As Pre-Summit Begins

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and Rwandan President Paul Kagame stress need for more inclusive, sustainable and holistic approaches ahead of the Summit in New York in September... More>>

UN: Play:Fair For People And Planet – A Major United Nations Music Activation
organized by the UN SDG Action Campaign in partnership with Music Innovation Hub, Keychange, the city of Milan, the Milan Triennale, and partners from the SDG Music Network, will be held at an unexpected location in the center of Milan, Italy, taking into account safety measures with a limited on-site audience consisting of activists and fans... More>>