Papua New Guinea
An environmental and social activist says the governments of Papua New Guinea and Indonesia cannot claim to be serious about climate change impacts when they continue to allow rampant forest clearance across New Guinea.
Source: Radio New Zealand
An environmental and social activist says the destruction wrought upon New Guinea's forests by the logging industry typifies the way so-called development works in PNG.
Communities across the country that have given up their forests for logging are missing out on promised infrastructure development because K130 million held by the government has disappeared…
Source: Post Courier
SABL forest clearance in Pomio, East New Britain. Image: Greenpeace
Source: The National
Northern Governor Gary Juffa has called on Forest Minister Douglas Tomuriesa to explain the findings of the special agriculture business lease (SABL) inquiry.
Source: Pacific Beat, ABC
Activists in Papua New Guinea say the cancellation of two leases in Port Moresby highlights the government's inaction in scrapping other controversial leases covering millions of hectares of customary land.
Last week the Secretary of the Lands Department cancelled two leases over Ela Beach after the local MP publicly alleged they'd been obtained corruptly - a claim disputed by the lease holder.
The Goroka Show is on again this weekend, 11th to 13th September 2015, at the National Sports Institute (NSI), and this year celebrating 40years of Papua New Guinea Independence.
ACTNOW! will be putting up a stall giving away show bags, information on the Special Agricultural Business Leases (SABL), Experimental Seabed Mining, the Model of Development and more.
Source: EMTV online
The National Goals and Directive Principles of PNG are being used as a rubber stamp in development policies, according to academic, Patrick Kaiku, of the University of Papua New Guinea.
Source: PNG exposed blog
Act Now has commissioned an Analysis of PNG Vision 2050 on the question of whether the Vision is consistent with the National Goals and Directive Principles (NGDP) in the PNG Constitution. The Report was compiled by Mr. Patrick Kaiku a lecturer in Political Science at UPNG. The findings will be discussed at a public seminar on Friday 28 August 2015. See below for details. The Report itself will be publicly available during PNG's 40th Independance celebrations...
Papua New Guineans continue to demand the return of K780 million found to be stolen in the Finance Department Commission of Inquiry, which has again gone quiet. Now the National Provident Fund fraud issues have again come to life, with the present Prime Minister leading the country after a misappropriation charge and numerous others identified as involved in fraud and corruption.
Source: PNG Exposed