5 Apr 2005

Logging opponents need to point out alternative income-earners, say PNG landowners

9:47 am on 5 April 2005

A Papua New Guinea group of landowners says the World Bank and other opponents of logging operations in the country will have to provide alternatives to existing services if they want present logging operations halted.

The National newspaper quotes the landowners as saying they are happy with present large logging operations in the south of the country.

Their spokesman, Dominic Eviare, told the paper that logging profits provide as much as US$30 million a month for services and infrastructure development.

He says the industry's critics would have to supply funding for education, health, roads, communication links and other services if they force the closure of major logging operations.