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Saving the Sepik from the Frieda mine

 

By ROSA KOIAN. Source - PNG Attitude

A photo posted on Facebook showing dried freshwater fish at Wewak market has sparked a discussion on the future of the Sepik River.

In the river’s headwaters, the Frieda copper and gold mine is pushing ahead with its development plans.

The Sepik is 1,100km long and empties into the Bismarck Sea. The river system’s 430,000 people use the river for food, education, transport, health and culture.

What they want is a truly holistic economic approach to development.

Will the Sepik be Our Next World Class Environmental Disaster?

 

The Sepik River, one of the last great pristine areas left on earth, is under threat from mining.

The government and Chinese mining company say the river will be safe.

Just like they said the Ok Tedi mine would be safe. 

They said the Panguna mine would be safe. 

They said Porgera and the Ramu mine would be safe.

Do you believe them this time?