Source: DevPolicy Blog
Papua New Guinea
Source: Radio NZ
The Pacific Community says it is still not clear whether the potential economic benefits of sea bed mining will outweigh the negative effects on the environment and on local livelihoods.
The comments come after the SPC's proposed legal and regulatory framework on sea bed mining was accused of neglecting indigenous and environmental safeguards.
Papua New Guinea Correctional Service, Bomana Prison
Source: PNG Exposed Blogs
Here we go again. It appears there is a two-tier justice system, one for the poor and one for the rich.
Earlier this month the National Court sentenced a Bank of South Pacific employee David Poholi to five years imprisonment with hard labour, for misappropriating K688,000 from his employer, BSP.
Source: PNG Today
A cost-benefit analysis released by the Secretariat of Pacific Communities (SPC) and the European Union on potential deep sea mining (DSM) projects in three Pacific countries found that the projects can be viable.
But other research suggests there remain serious concerns about the new, untested DSM industry.
Source: Radio NZ
The Papua New Guinea Forest Minister has been urged by a transparency and environmental NGO to allow an audit of financial reporting by the logging industry.
Despite a new report by the Oakland Institute tracking massive tax evasion by foreign companies involved in PNG forestry, the minister Douglas Torumiesa has defended the loggers.
Mr Tomuriesa attacked the report's findings as being inaccurate because the companies do pay log export taxes.
Source: Post Courier online
Minister for Forest, Douglas Tomuriesa and Goodwill Amos with the Oakland Report during a press conference.
THE Internal Revenue Commission is yet to confirm whether many foreign logging companies are in the country are avoiding to pay taxes in Papua New Guinea.
Source: ABC News
An area of Papua New Guinea's internationally significant rainforests in excess of the size of Australia's entire Wet Tropics Heritage Area in north Queensland has been cleared or logged in the 10 years to 2014, a new report has found.
Source: The interpreter
Providing rural roads is a government responsibility
As Papua New Guinea (PNG) approaches the next National Election (2017) it is important for everyone to be reminded that it is the responsibility of the government to provide all the basic services we need. It is not the role of private companies to be providing classrooms, health clinics and roads.
Source: PNG Mine Watch
The European Union and SPC have published a new report [see below] claiming the money to be made from experimental seabed mining in PNG far outweighs the costs. Unfortunately the expensive report: