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Proposed ICAC legal framework needs a lot of work

Source:  Sam Koim, Devpolicy Blog / ANU

The setting up of a centralised anti-corruption agency (ACA) is an important decision for a country, and in 2014 Papua New Guinea took the first step, amending its Constitution to create an Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).

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LNG project is hurting PNG economy - new report

Source: Jubilee Australia

A new report on the economy of Papua New Guinea shows that despite predictions of a widespread economic boost from the ExxonMobil PNG LNG project, on most economic indicators the economy has actually gone backwards relative to predictions.

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Bring back the agriculture extension services

Organic sun dried chillies grown in Eastern Highlands Province

The argument that customary land has to be given away to enable 'development'  has been shown yet again, to be 'giaman' (a lie). 

The photos below, taken by journalist and blogger Scott Waide, show how small farmers are using their customary land to grow and sell spices, and farm bees for honey to support their families. 

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Land Policy encroachment by UNDP and World Bank

Author: Justin Ondopa

UNDP and World Bank must stay away from land policies in Papua New Guinea.

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Celebrating and defending customary land on NBC

Campaign Coordinator Eddie Tanago was on Steven Mase’s NBC Radio talkback show yesterday [April 19, 2018] to speak about customary land, along with Logia Nao from the National Research Institute.

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Campaign Launch: Photo Diary

ACT NOW! launched its new camapign, titled 'Celebrating and Defending Customary Land', on April 17 in Port Moresby.

More than 30 people attended the launch event, including representatives from ten different media outlets and various civil society groups.

Camera crews set up their recording equipment

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Campaign Launch: Celebrating and Defending Customary Land

 

ACT NOW! is today launching a new multi-media campaign 'Celebrating and Defending Customary Land’.

Why? Well, customary land is the most valuable and important asset available to most Papua New Guineans but its critical role is often misunderstood or misrepresented, particularly by outsiders.

Too few people realise customary land supports an economy estimated to be worth K40 billion a year, provides jobs and incomes for 3 million farmers and provides housing and a sense of community for more than 7 million people.

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Court dismisses orders restraining customary landowners from accessing their OWN land

Source: Scott Waide, My Land My Country

A group of  customary landowners in Papua New Guinea have regained access to their land following a significant legal victory against supporters of a logging company.

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Liquid Gold: Honey producers battling the odds

Image: Samuel Kuku, a beekeeper in the Eastern Highlands.

Source: Scott Waide / EMTV news

For more than 30 years, Tella Loie, worked in the public service as a honeybee specialist.

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Logging company tries to gag forest activists

Lester Seri speaking at the SABL petition presentation in 2017

Two customary landowners have been served with a defamation lawsuit and a gagging order application by Malaysian owned logging company, Northern Forest Products Limited.

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