Around 85% of PNG’s population live in rural villages. Under PNG law, they have legal rights to their customary land and
the forests that grow on it. Photo: Fábio Erdos/Global Witness

Papua New Guinea’s government resurrects zombie ag licenses

Monday, September 11th, 2017

The government of Papua New Guinea appears to have turned the notion of post-truth politics into an art form, making so many inconsistent claims on the legal status of the plethora of fraudulently issued plantation licenses in the country that it seems prudent to ask whether it knows where the truth lies anymore.

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Logging in Papua New Guinea. Image courtesy of Global Witness

Ten U.S. firms exposed to timber sourced from illegally issued ag licenses in Papua New Guinea

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

Ten US companies may be selling wood flooring made with timber sourced from illegal clearances of indigenous land in Papua New Guinea, according to a new report from Global Witness.

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PNG Prime Minister says SABLs are being cancelled…but is it more of the same?

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

The Government of Papua New Guinea has failed to cancel controversial and hugely destructive large-scale agricultural leases, more than three years after promising to do so.

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