25 Oct 2010

Greenpeace gives PNG dubious honour for being greedy rather than green

7:40 pm on 25 October 2010

Greenpeace has presented the Papua New Guinea government with a Golden Chainsaw for being greedy rather than green when it comes to tackling climate change.

Greenpeace gave the award to PNG representative Federica Bietta during climate change talks in Japan on Monday.

Greenpeace says it chose PNG for the dubious honour for its continued corruption in the forestry sector, stalling UN talks on reducing climate change, disregard for indigenous people's rights and rampant deforestation.

The environmental NGO also says PNG isn't ready for the complex United Nations plan known as Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, or REDD.

REDD seeks to abate climate change through a series of donor funded schemes with forested nations, but Greenpeace claims PNG is more interested in donor money than seriously tackling climate change.

Its forests campaigner, Sam Moko, says the PNG government is hungry for international funding from REDD but has no plans to stop destroying its own rainforest or reduce its own emissions.

He says the PNG government can't be trusted to stop cutting down trees.