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Media Release: ACT NOW! welcomes announcement of APEC forestry meeting in Port Moresby

Community advocacy group ACT NOW! welcomes the government’s announcement it will be hosting the Third APEC Meeting of Forestry Ministers in Port Moresby in October.

“This is the first APEC Ministers meeting to be held in Papua New Guinea and will be an excellent opportunity to remind the region of our government’s terrible record on the SABL land grab and illegal logging” says ACT NOW! Campaign Coordinator, Eddie Tanago.

Preserving Traditional Cultural Systems in PNG

Community, Relationships and Exchange are the three most significant values in a cuturally diverse country such as Papua New Guinea. We keep them dear to our hearts after land and life. Our system is a tradition that lives off extended relationships that survive on exchange within community for our social, economic and spiritual wellbeing. We are a spiders web conjoined by PNG culture for a 'Gutpela Sindaun' for everyone.

SABL issue explained in new Fact Sheet for communities

Even though the Commission of Inquiry into the land grab has found the SABL process was flawed, land grabbing continues while nothing has been done to cancel the leases and return the land to customary owners. Many communities are still not aware of what SABL is and how customary land is being stolen.

 The SABL issue is simplified in this Fact Sheet for use in awareness at the community level.

Mining Minister Byron Chan to save the world

Byron Chan is working blindly by not paying attention to a petition presented to him and the New Zealand Government decisions that spell out all the risks of experimental seabed mining. He seems totally oblivious to the potential environmental harm that (his people) New Irelanders could suffer from.

Chan is abusing his 'leadership position' by totaly ignoring the opposition AGAINST experimental seabed mining even though evidence of environmental harm is ringing all around him.

via PNG Mine Watch