15 Aug 2017

PNG govt called on to rein in illegal logging

From , 5:03 am on 15 August 2017

Activists in Papua New Guinea say the newly re-elected government needs to step up and rein in illegal logging.

The Peter O'Neill-led government said earlier this year it had cancelled the Special Agricultural Business Leases, under which 12 percent of PNG land was leased out in what was seen as a massive land grab.

But NGOs say the trees continue to tumble, and the proposed replacements for the SABLs are concerning.

Jamie Tahana reports.

Harvested logs in PNG

Harvested logs in PNG Photo: RNZI/Johnny Blades