Illegal logging

Way forward on illegal logging

Managing Director Tunou Sabuin of the Papua New Guinea Forest Authority said Papua New Guinea is one of the economies that have the best policies and legislative requirements, and operational procedures to manage and utilise its vast forest resources.

“Let us continue to strengthen our regional alliances between economies, regional and international organisations, civil societies, private sectors and industries on the management and development of PNG’s policy for the collective benefits of the region and the global community,” Sabuin said at the meeting.

SABL having direct impact on environment

Sipona comes from Malmal Village in west Pomio, East New Britain Province where logging has exploited their environment.

She explained that their forest is gone under SABL and the people in her village live as if they don’t own land.

The land in Malmal is under a 99-year lease agreement and they’ve been told by the developers that the land was now a state land.

Sipona highlighted that their drinking water and fresh water creeks have been contaminated because there are no buffer zones to protect them.

Juffa volunteers to shut down illegal logging activities


In a video post on Facebook, Juffa said if the Government was serious about cancelling SABLs then they must do so by physically shutting down illegal logging operations.

“Now the Government is saying it’s going to cancel the SABLs, I’m not convinced, I’m cynical,” says Juffa. “I want to see it really happen.

Minister dismisses claims of illegal logging in PNG

He dismissed a Non-Government Organization  (NGO) allegation that a quarter of logs exported from the country are illegal logs.     

“In PNG we have been accused for too long about illegal logging practices in the country.”

Mr Tomuriesa said that all logs exported from legal logging permit holders were  certified to international standard.  

“We are so fortunate that when our logs are cut, number one you have forest officers that go out and grade the logs, and check that the log is legitimate and from a consignment (permitted logging) area.