Collingwood Bay

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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Collingwood Bay communities take on threat of mining after SABL land grab victory

This is great proof that 'united we stand, divided we fall'. Enough is enough, how many more court battles do Landowners from Collingwood Bay have to fight to amplify that they DO NOT want any kind of land grabbing activity on their customary land?

Collingwood Bay. Photo Eric Wakker (RAN)

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Shamed By Concerned Citizens From Other Countries

Source: PNG Blogs

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Juffa: Land grabbing a major problem

Source: Post Courier

ILLEGAL land grabbing has been a major problem for Papua New Guineans both in the urban and rural areas, Oro Governor Garry Juffa said to the Bagasin people in the Collingwood Bay area of Oro Province.

In a visit to the Uiako village where he launched a TV dish for the local primary school and the community last Friday, Mr Juffa assured the people that no one would take their land away from them.

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Landowners want SABL out

Source: PNG Loop

Landowners of the Collingwood Bay area in Oro Province say the government must act now on recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry into the handling  of Special Agriculture Business Leases.

Adelbert Gangai told PNG Loop that the order by the courts for land titles to be handed back to customary landowners in Collingwood Bay was a victory for all landowners in Papua New Guinea.

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Court orders leased land back to owners

Source: Post Courier

The National Court has declared two special agriculture and business leases (SABL) covering 38,350 hectares of land in the Oro Province null and void and has ordered the Sate to cancel the title deeds.

The orders declaring the two leases null and void were through consent drawn up by the disputing parties and endorsed by the court.

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Malaysian palm oil giant losses PNG case, plantations declared illegal

Source: Environmental News

Papua New Guinea's National Court has declared two leases held by Malaysia-based Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad (KLK) null and void, and ordered the government to cancel the licenses to convert nearly 40,000 hectares of rainforest and community forest for oil palm plantations, reports the Rainforest Action Network (RAN). 

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Landowners get leases cancelled

Source: The National

THE Northern government and the landowners of the Collingwood Bay area have cancelled two Special Agriculture Business Leases (SABL) through the National Court in Waigani.

Governor Gary Juffa announced that at a media conference in Port Moresby yesterday.

He did not elaborate on the court’s ruling but said Northern was the first province to be successful through the court of law in the cancellation of its SABLs.

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Contested KLK PalmOil Leases Declared Illegal by Papua New Guinea Court

Source: Rainforest Action Network

High court sides with Indigenous communities in battle over controversial Malaysian palm oil giant’s plan to develop large areas of ancestral territory and pristine forest

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Collingwood Bay Portions 143c and 113c returned to Customary Owners

The people of Collingwood Bay in Oro Province are in a real celebratory mood after the Department of Lands conceded to giving back their customary land after 20 years of court battles.

The people have reclaimed their land – a total land area of 38,350 hectares, given away by the Department of Lands in two Special Agriculture Business Leases (SABL) for 50 years.

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