9 Aug 2006

Aid donors called on to help end destructive industrial logging in PNG

9:34 am on 9 August 2006

Foreign aid donors to Papua New Guinea are being called on to help move the country away from large scale industrial logging.

A new report points to the destructiveness of this approach and the need for the local rural communities to have more say.

The report from the PNG Centre for Environmental Law & Community Rights and the Australian Conservation Foundation, says foreign logging companies abuse the human rights of landowners and workers.

The Foundation's Josh Meadows says they want a high level enquiry into the industry and for the international community to help a transition to communty based forestry and timber production.

"We are really encouraging donors to Papua New Guinea to look at ways that they can make sure their funds are used in a way that support communities through small and medium scale forestry operations, rather than considering that the only model for forestry in PNG should be large scale industrial logging."