1 Mar 2006

Review finds most logging in PNG illegal

11:38 am on 1 March 2006

A new report on the commercial logging industry in Papua New Guinea shows that most of the logging is illegal.

The Forest Trends report, "Logging, Legality, and Livelihoods in PNG" summarizes five independent reviews of the timber industry conducted between 2000 and 2005.

PNG logging is dominated by mainly Malaysian-based companies.

Forest Trend president Michael Jenkins says one solution is to ensure logging is better policed.

"What the report reveals is that there needs to be a much stronger role and will of the government to be able to better monitor logging in the country - that would be the step that needs to be taken."

The review was initiated by the PNG government to determine whether forest management was providing long-term benefits to the country.