Customary Land Campaign Updates

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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How we can stop criminal cartels stealing our forests

Police action squad dealing to illegal loggers in Oro Province. Image: Gary Juffa/FB

OPINION: By Gary Juffa

In the ongoing saga of stopping illegal logging in Papua New Guinea’s Oro province, our facts reveal that the PNG Forest Authority is failing our people.

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SABL petition anniversary marks PNG's greatest ever scandal

February 21st is the first anniversary of the presentation of a 10,000 signature petition to the Department of Lands demanding the cancellation of the SABL leases. 2018, also marks five-years since the SABL Commission of Inquiry exposed the full extent of the illegal land grab, which affects more than 10% of the whole country.

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Message from Tavolo villagers: “We did not sign SABL”

Pepetua Marangona, Tavolo village, Pomio

Source: Scott Waide, My Land, My Country

Tavolo village in Pomio, East New Britain, is a place not many in Waigani know about.

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