The unlawful use of Forest Clearing Authorities as a cover for illegal large-scale logging operations by foreign-owned companies has been further exposed in a new report published by ACT NOW!
The Member for Chuave, James Nomane, raised a critical point in Parliament about the size of the national budget and the lack of visibility of any meaningful impact on ground.
The MP later said he will not apologize for calling the Treasurer out just before the passing of the supplementary budget, as it was necessary for him to criticize the budget to promote responsible governance, transparency, equitable allocation of resources and address the economic challenges.
To truly understand the forest sector in Papua New Guinea, one must carefully study the Forest Act and understand the language used, “forestry language”.
Landowners who are planning to bring in a logging company or large-scale agriculture company to clear their forest must make it their business to learn the forestry language.
This is to avoid the company and representatives of the PNG Forest Authority misleading the landowners into easily giving away their land in return for the false promises and benefits that will not be delivered as has been the case over the years.
New addendum added below on 20 November 2023
There is a very high risk that almost all logging occurring in natural forest areas in Papua New Guinea is illegal.
This is the damning verdict in a new Timber Legality Risk Assessment published ACT NOW!
The initiative by the Department of Implementation and Rural Development (DIRD) in setting up the Bilum Digital Platform is commendable. A step in the right direction in promotion greater transparency and accountability in our public expenditure. Development partners especially AUSAid should be thanked as well for funding the Initiative.
The issue of corruption is huge in PNG especially when dealing with government funds and deprive the rights of citizens to have access to basic health and education services, particularly the majority of our rural population.
Morobe Timber Consortium and people from Labuta (Image: EMTV)
By Nalau Bingading, Customary Landowner and Forest Scientist
Morobe Timbers Consortium Limited has attracted a lot of media recently with claims it has reached some kind of agreement with Wagangluhu landowners of Labuta LLG in the Morobe Province, to set up a Forest Industrial Park on 2,000 hectares of customary land.
Papua New Guinea’s log export volumes are too high and the Forest Authority is failing to comply with the government’s reduction targets. This is according to the analysis of official data published.
The National | Editorial | 5.09.2023
The Prime Minister James Marape has intimated to various audiences that the District Service Improvement (DSIP) fund will be increased from the current K10 million per open electorate to K20 million.
We presume naturally that the other two services improvement programmes at the provincial and local level government (LLG) will also be doubled.
Cyril Gare| The National | Letters | 24.07.2023
What is the value of man to that of gold? Likewise, what is the value of people to that of Pogera Mine?
Wisdom is needed if answers are to be found. Without wisdom is curse.
Careful with those who curse or have cursed for they are blinded by the value of gold over men.
We must judge by humanity with a good heart. Value the whole man, and not merely a part. Value his soul as well as his body.
The National | Editorial, August 15, 2023
The public service is much aligned as a huge creature of pre-independence origin with tentacles reaching into every part of this country and affecting every aspect of life.
It is said this gigantic creature gobbles up a third of the national budget.