5 Jul 2018

Villagers in PNG's Pomio district face bleak future

From , 5:04 am on 5 July 2018

A woman from Papua New Guinea's East New Britain province says rampant logging on local land has devastated her community's lifestyle.

A local advocacy group projects that West Pomio District communities will suffer more than $US73 million worth of damage due to Special Agriculture Business Leases.

Act Now says a damages assessment was compiled by 17 Pomio communities who have lost over 42,000 hectares of customary land under the three leases operated mainly by Malaysian logging interests .

A spokesperson from the affected community of Malmaltalie, Ana Sipona, says villagers never agreed to the loss of their customary land or the logging and oil palm planting.

Logging road, Pomio, East New Britain.

A logging road in Pomio Photo: Global Witness