29 Oct 2007

MP takes on PNG forest authorities over lack of consultation

4:16 pm on 29 October 2007

A Papua New Guinea MP has criticised the National Forest Authority, the NFA, and the Forestry Department for not discussing forestry issues with elected leaders of his province.

The Post Courier newspaper reports that Sohe MP, Anthony Nene, has called on the NFA to consult both elected local leaders and landowners before any decision is made on the Ioma block five project area in his electorate.

Mr Nene says the block covers a big Local Level Government area and the NFA had failed to conduct a broader consultative approach among the landowners before re-tendering the project.

He says both NFA and the developers must know that there is a legitimate government in authority and investors cannot go directly to the landowners.

The NFA has been told that its poor consultation over the area has been creating friction.