7 May 2007

Greenpeace launches fresh anti-logging protest in PNG

3:45 pm on 7 May 2007

The environmental group Greenpeace says the Papua New Guinea government is failing to stop the destruction of its forests.

Greenpeace activists have unfurled a large banner on a major hotel in Port Moresby calling for a halt to illegal logging.

The stunt was timed to coincide with today's meeting at the Crown Plaza of the International Tropical Timber Organisation, or ITTO, in the PNG capital.

The ITTO recently estimated that there is almost no focus by the PNG government on sustainable management, even though its tropical forests are becoming endangered.

The Asia Pacific forestry spokesman for Greenpeace, Tiy Chung, says the PNG government has ignored many international reports warning that it needs to stop illegal logging.

"The government's said that it's not a problem, that all the reports are based on wrong facts. But I think it's coming out now and they really have to do something abou it. The forestry sector is pretty much broken when it comes to terms of sustainability and the legal and destructive logging issues in this country."

Tiy Chung of Greenpeace