A United Nations official in Papua New Guinea says the government and donors need to do more to counter the country's soaring population and the pressure this places on service delivery.
"The UN Population Fund's Dr Gilbert Hiawalyer ( HE AH WAH LEE AR) says the population is set to hit seven million, double what it was in 1990, and four times the population of 1960."
He says parents need more information on family planning and birth control.
Dr Hiawalyer says the population growth places huge burdens on families, government services and the environment.
People blame the forest companies for deforestation of the country, but in the last 30 or 40 years, if they do it properly, they will see that deforestation is done by the population pressure on the land, because of the way they do agriculture here - burning and slashing, cutting down the trees.
The UN Population Fund's Dr Gilbert Hiawalyer ( HE AH WAH LEE AR).
He says data on the population growth has been ignored by successive PNG governments.