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Sunday, July 30, 2006
Posted 4:54 PM by Luigi
PNG logging firm slams green groups
From the Sydney Morning Herald, July 30, 2006 - 12:49PM
A Malaysian logging company accused of illegally stripping PNG's rainforests has in turn accused green groups of mounting an international slander campaign against it.
Rimbunan Hijau (RH), the largest logging company operating in PNG, has long been accused of colluding with PNG political leaders to illegally harvest rainforest timber to the detriment of local landowners.
Stung by the ongoing accusations, RH commissioned Australian consulting firm ITS Global to investigate.
RH managing director James Lau said at the launch in Port Moresby of ITS Global's latest report that claims by Greenpeace and other green groups that logging companies in PNG were operating illegally were shown to be false.
The reports showed the forestry industry in PNG played a key role in providing jobs, government revenue and infrastructure such as roads, schools and health posts in PNG.
"It is high time these green NGO's were held to account for the costs their stunts and unsubstantiated rhetoric have imposed on PNG."
In March the US-based forestry watchdog Forest Trends said most forestry operations in PNG were illegal and ecologically and economically unsustainable.
It said corrupt connections between logging companies and PNG's political elite must be broken and forestry laws adhered to.
Greenpeace, PNG's Ecoforestry Forum and other green groups have accused Asian logging companies of "modern day slavery" in their exploitation of PNG workers in logging camps.
Other allegations include under-reporting of export log values and the failure of logging companies to provide roads, schools and health posts to landowner communities as promised.
But PNG's Forestry Minister Patrick Pruaitch said a false case had been made against commercial forestry which operated "in full compliance with PNG laws and regulations".
Green groups' claims that the environmental heritage of PNG's forests was endangered was ridiculous as only 33 per cent of the country's rainforests had been set aside for commercial use, he said.
"Are there people who want to say countries like Papua New Guinea should be denied their right to develop their resources like industrialised countries did to raise their standards of living?"
ITS Global consultant Bill Bowen said his firm's analysis showed "without a doubt the industry in PNG is not operating illegally".
He was scathing of an earlier report on PNG forestry mandated by the World Bank, saying that study's argument that forestry in PNG was not financially viable was erroneous and "should be pulped".
The greens' claim that commercial logging in PNG was unsustainable was wrong when PNG was not even utilising the full sustainable cut available, Bowen said.
Green groups did not have a right to push an anti-development agenda and they must be made accountable for their accusations, he said.
© 2006 AAP
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