Model of Development

Success: Sand mining proposal defeated

A controversial plan by the Singapore based Powerplus Group, to mine sand along a 38 kilometre stretch of coastline in Madang has been defeated.

The government regulator, the Mineral Resource Authority, has written to mining opponents informing them that the mine exploration application has been withdrawn.

This comes after the sand mining application was met with strong opposition from local communities and environmentalists and concern from local tourism operators.

Positive Impacts From Log Tax Increase

The increase in duty on round log exports, introduced in the 2020 budget, is having a positive effect according to analysis conducted by the community advocacy group ACT NOW!

“The higher export duty has both increased government revenue and driven down the level of logs exports in line with government policy” says Campaign Manager Eddie Tanago.

Seeking Expressions of Interest

ACT NOW has recently received funding to expand its work in Papua New Guinea with a particular focus on the management of forest resources.

We are therefore seeking expressions of interest from well qualified and experienced practitioners and organisations interested in providing services in the following five areas:

  1. International stakeholder engagement;
  2. Research coordination;
  3. Digital services;
  4. Project management; and
  5. Investigative reserach.