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ICAC got a nod. Will effective implementation get a nod too?

 

The large welcome that has greeted the passing of the ICAC legislation by Parliament shows the dire urgency to eradicate the plagues of corruption that consume the fabric of our society. It has been long awaited, and the passing of the bill has paid off the hard work put into achieving this milestone. For Papua New Guinea, an ICAC will be a first promising step on a long road to open and accountable government.  

Civil Society Presentation on the Forestry Act Review

1.  The Forestry Act 1991 is 30 years old and has been weakened by many amendments.

2.  Very limited implementation: most operations are old concession types - Timber Rights Purchase (TRP) / Local Forest Area (LFA). 

3.  Under the Act our forest resource has been depleted; unsustainable harvests + extensive forest clearance. 

4.  Act is completely outdated as the national and international context has changed: 

From Extraction to Inclusion: Frequently Asked Questions

These Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) summarize some of the key findings and analysis in the report From Extraction to Inclusion, Changing the Path to Development in Papua New Guinea.

Hasn’t PNG seen solid economic growth the last few years—and doesn’t this mean that PNG’s approach to development is working?

New Report Calls for a Dramatic Change for Real Development in Papua New Guinea

With the release of a new report, ACT NOW!, Jubilee Australia, and the Oakland Institute, are calling for an urgent change of course from political leaders in Papua New Guinea. The report, From Extraction to Inclusion, analyses the country’s economic and development performance since its independence in 1975.

Mayur’s claims for coal fired power don’t stack up

Eddie Tanago | ACT NOW!

Mayur Resources justifications for building an expensive and polluting coal-fired power station in PNG are irresponsible, condescending, illogical and faintly ridiculous.

The truth is a coal-powered plant does’t make sense on economic, environmental or human rights grounds and for PNG and the Pacific, coal power would represent a terrible step backwards.

UN Groups Raise Concerns Over Proposed Frieda River Mine Risk 

 

Ten United Nations Special Rapporteurs, along with the UN Working Group on Human Rights and Transnational Corporations, have written to the PNG Government to raise their concerns about the proposed Frieda River mine and the risk of failure of its proposed tailings dam. 

Australian Company Accused of Spruiking Unnecessary Coal Power Project in PNG

Source: Jubilee Australia / CELCOR

A new report from CELCOR and the Jubilee Australia Research Centre has raised significant concerns about a proposal from an ASX listed Australian energy company, Mayur Resources, to build the Pacific’s first coal-fired power station in Papua New Guinea,

Brisbane-based Mayur Resources,, plans to build a 52MW coal-fired power station sited at Lae wharf, within the city limits, in PNG’s second largest city.