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Old 17-11-2002, 10:08 AM
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If logging continues at the current rate, PNG's magnificent forests will be wiped out

Defending PNG's natural wealth :

Papua New Guinea is blessed by the richest biodiversity in the world, which is under threat from destructive logging and mining practices of transnational giants, including many Australia-based companies. If logging continues at the current rate, PNG's magnificent forests will be wiped out within 15 years.

The Environmental Law Centre (ELC) - with support from Oxfam Community Aid Abroad - supports local landholders in their struggle to safeguard their rights to land, protect their environment, livelihood and culture, and to sustainably manage their resources. ELC has supported communities affected by the Ok Tedi, Porgera, and Tolukuma mines, has successfully campaigned for a national Logging Moratorium, and against the World Bank/IMF Land Reform Proposals, a proposed World Bank structural adjustment program, and the 1999 PNG Government/ World Bank proposal to reduce the export logging tax. ELC is now supporting communities in Collingwood Bay, Wawoi Guavi, Doini Island, Open Bay, Stettin Bay and Vanimo.

60% of PNG'S Frontier forest is GONE with the remainder of what's left under MAJOR THREAT !
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Old 17-11-2002, 10:16 AM
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The Environment

In our program work land and environment mean far more than the preservation of species and habitats. They are linked directly to people and their livelihoods. In many of the communities with whom we work, their land is either under threat from large-scale exploitation and rapid economic development or it has already been taken, leaving the people landless and marginalised.

In Australia, and in many other countries where Community Aid Abroad works, indigenous people are fighting for the recognition of their rights to land for economic, social and religious purposes. In a number of countries, communal land rights are being threatened by land titling programs, often supported and promoted by the World Bank and AusAID. Such programs formally recognise the western notion of individual title to land, ignoring the sometimes complex relationships that the whole community traditionally has with a particular area.

In Papua New Guinea and Indonesia for example, land titling programs are threatening the traditional communal title of indigenous people, and hence their livelihood and culture, by simplifying the land ownership system to make it easier for developers to 'buy off' individual members of the community to get access to the land's resources.

Source : Oxfam - Community Aid Abroad
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Papua New Guinea: Wowoi Guavi People

In Papua New Guinea the Wowoi Guavi people are forced to deal with a Forests Management Agreement which gives an outside logging company access to their timber. ICRAF (Individual and Community Rights Advocacy Forum) a local non government organisation, supported by Community Aid Abroad, is helping the people to negotiate with the logging company and the government

Community Aid Abroad has had a non-funding relationship with ICRAF for a number of years and this year we have entered into a two year funding arrangement (at $64,000 per year) to support the work of their Landholder and Environment Awareness Program.

ICRAF have had a significant impact on helping to protect the traditional land-holders' rights to their land and natural resources, in the face of an assault on those rights by the government, foreign logging, mining and fishing companies, and the World Bank.
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Stats and Facts about Enviromental Change

All the information below was compiled from:
UNDP Human Development Reports 2002/2001,
World Bank World Development Report 2003, AFL-CIO, MADRE
  • The number of people affected by natural disasters has trebled in 10 years to two billion.
  • 20% of the population in the developed nations consume 86% of the world's goods.
  • Global warming is threatening coastal and island populations with rising sea levels, and other vulnerable people to more severe storms, droughts and floods, and with increased vector-borne disease.
  • Nearly 23 percent of all cropland, pasture and forests have been degraded since the 1950s.
  • By 2025, three-quarters of the world's people may live within 100 kilometers of the sea, putting immense pressure on coastal ecosystems. Two-thirds of all fisheries are exploited at or beyond their sustainable limits.
  • Every decade, another 5 percent of tropical forests is cleared. More than a third of terrestrial biodiversity is squeezed into habitat fragments covering just 1.4 percent of the Earth's surface.

Source : http://www.caa.org.au/world/pacific/index.html

Logging Camp in West New Britain :
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PNG LANDHOLDERS WORKSHOP

The Deboin Peoples Foundation (DPF) was set up by the Deboin community, a coastal village in Oro Province, Papua New Guinea. DPF supports the people of Deboin, who are very isolated from government services and development programs, to develop their own community programs on issues such as the environment and livelihoods.

The forests around Deboin are earmarked for large-scale logging, so DPF is running workshops to help the Deboin people protect and monitor their land and marine resource rights, human rights, traditions, culture and environment. DPF will support the Deboin people to take control of the development of their tribal area, ensuring that it is both economically viable and environmentally sustainable.

The Foundation also runs Community Education Awareness worshops, involving representatives from each cultural zone in Deboin.The workshops cover Papua New Guinea history and culture, the conservation of biodiversity and natural resources, sustainable develoment and resource management for land-holding groups.

Other Projects
  • Supporting a series of training workshops and patrols on legal rights in relation to land and resource development through the Individual and
  • Community Rights Advocacy Forum.
  • Provision of training in marketing and public relations to staff from the National Volunteer Service.
  • Supporting humanitarian work in Bougainville, including establishment of health and education facilities.
  • Establishment of an email network for PNG.

For another story written about PNG, please click on the following :

http://www.caa.org.au/horizons/may_2001/png.html

http://www.caa.org.au/world/pacific/png/

Photograph of a young woman from the Oro Province who was in Thailand representing PNG when this was taken.
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Forest Logging and downstream Processing

ATTENTION: DEVELOPER/FINANCIER NEEDED

South West Wapei Forest management Area Landowner Company has some total volume add 4, 452,405 + net sawlog volume(M3) is looking for potential Developer/FinancIer to develop its Project.

If interested please contact the Project Manager on Email RobertS@daltron.com.pg or telephone No: 675 - 8571074 to discuss the arrangment for the MOA undertaking.

Urgently required the Developer/financer ready for the project. We will be advertising for the bidders to bid for the project soon.

The landowner wants to talk to all interested developers to identify who meets the National and Provincial Gov't and resources owner policy set forth.

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VANIMO.Sandaun Province
Papua New Guinea

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I use to fly for the logging company, it really is not as bad as it is made out to be, I have seen it.
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