30 Jul 2012

Greenpeace reports PNG logging land grab

8:50 pm on 30 July 2012

Greenpeace has released a report revealing what it says is a massive land grab by foreign logging companies in Papua New Guinea.

The conservation organisation says between 2003 and 2011 companies were allowed to use special agricultural and business leases to circumvent forestry regulations and claim more than 5 million hectares of land and forests.

Author of the report Paul Winn says under the scheme communities receive as little as $15 per cubic metre for the land, which is then completely cleared.

Paul Winn says the newly-elected government of Peter O'Neil should table a report by a commission of inquiry into the scheme and pass legislation to stop more trees being wrongly felled.