Model of Development Campaign Updates

Marape Backs Moratorium On Experimental Seabed Mining

Source: Matthew Vari, Post Courier via PNG Mine Watch

Prime Minister James Marape has indicated he will support a proposed regional moratorium on seabed mining, however, could not go as far as to say a ban outright would be needed.

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Land is Life Video Toolkit Launched

 

ACT NOW! has launched a new video toolkit, titled Giraun Emi Laif, to assist rural communities to better understand the benefits of customary land and the threats they face to their livelihoods, natural environment and culture.

The toolkit shares stories of resistance, resilience and hope from communities around the world whose territories are central to their way of being but who have found themselves on the frontline of the global rush for land.

The toolkit features communities:

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Why family owned businesses must be supported by Govt

Source: Scott Waide / My Land My Country

Our economic investment model as it relates to job creation is wrong.  We have had it wrong for nearly half a century. We followed a colonial model of job creation where an enterprise is established, jobs are created and people get a paid job.

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New Report: A Critique of Incorporated Land Groups

Customary land tenure is an inherent feature Papua New Guinea society and culture and its protection is enshrined in the nation’s legal framework. It is also highly contentious. Powerful economic interests ensure customary land tenure is always at the forefront of national and local debates about development and wellbeing. 

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OUR RESOURCES - THEIR PROFITS

 

It is time for Papua New Guinea to stop relying on destructive large-scale extractive industries and build an indigenous economy based around our land and our people.

Projects like the ExxonMobil LNG, new mines and large-scale logging don't benefit rural communities or our economy as the revenues and profits are kept overseas while local people suffer the negative social and environmental impacts.

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Govt’s Land Grab Agenda Exposed

 

The recently completed National Land Summit is just the latest manoeuvre by government to try and take control of customary land away from communities. That fact is exposed in both the 2019 Budget Statement and the recently published Summit Outcomes [attached below].

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Electrification Partnership a great opportunity

ACT NOW! has welcomed the announcement of the PNG Electrification Partnership with its aim of connecting 70% of the country to affordable, reliable and clean electricity by 2030.

The Partnership is between the government of PNG and Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the United States.

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Land Summit or Land Grab?

Land Summit in Papua New Guinea: a dangerous attack on the country’s unique customary land tenure system

Jubilee Australia and the Oakland Institute denounce the National Land Summit, organized by the Papua New Guinea (PNG) government, as a dangerous attack on the country’s unique customary land tenure system.

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Cancel all seabed mining licences: Locals

 

Source: Loop Business, April 24, 2019 

The risks and uncertainties of experimental seabed mining are too great to allow this industry to ever proceed in Papua New Guinea. 

This was the view shared by seabed mining advocates, together with locals of West Coast Namatanai and representatives of Duke of York Islands, East New Britain Province, during an open forum in Namatanai. 

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