Landowners say Forest Authority acting suspiciously

Landowners from the Ramu Block 3 area of Madang Province have accused the PNG Forest Authority of ignoring their wishes in allocating logging rights over their forests.

The landowners say the PNGFA has refused to hand over key documents for their inspection and they are suspicious about what the Forest Authority is trying to hide. The landowners also say the PNGFA has ignored a formal petition submitted by the group (copied below).

Minister ignoring community opposition to seabed mining 

Reilly Kanamon | Social justice advocate | via The National

WE do not know why it was so difficult for the mining minister to respond to concerns from maritime communities in the Bismack Sea regarding seabed mining issues.

Since the new miner Deep Sea Mining (DSM) Finance started pursuing the reopening of the Solwara project, the communities opposed it.

Multiple logging projects appear to be defying court ban

Map showing location of log exporting TRP projects 2019-21

More than thirty large-scale logging projects appear to be operating in defiance of a Court ban issued by the Deputy Chief Justice in June 2021. Together the logging operations accounted for 40% of Papua New Guinea’s total log exports in the twelve months from July 2021.