The debate on illegal logging in Papua New Guinea (PNG) is heating up. Rimbunan Hijau (RH), the largest logging company in PNG, commissioned an Australian consultancy company, ITS-Global, to write a report attacking Greenpeace in an attempt to discredit our work in PNG and shore up its deteriorating reputation.
Landowner Sakas Aonomo, his wife Tusue Sakas and daughter, Warume Sakas, walking through Log Camp 56, Wawai Guavi Block 3, Middle Fly, Western Province, PNG.
response to the ITS-Global report
The ITS-Global report, "Whatever it takes: Greenpeace's
anti-forestry campaign in Papua New Guinea", relies on
misinformation and statistics provided by RH. The authors of the
report didn't take the time to talk to landowners or NGOs working
on forest issues in PNG. It appears the report is merely an
exercise in mudslinging by RH against Greenpeace and numerous other
NGOs working to find positive solutions to the mess that is the PNG
The body of evidence against RH and the forestry sector in PNG
flies in the face of the fiction RH is now trying to peddle with
this report. Over the last 15 years the problems surrounding the
PNG timber industry have been documented time and time again by
numerous authoritative commentators. These have included the PNG
Ombudsman Commission, the PNG Department of Labour, Independent
Review Teams, acting on behalf on the Government of PNG and the
World Bank, the PNG National Intelligence Organisation, former
Australian Supreme Court Judge Tos Barnett, and the High Court of
Most recently (August 2006) the Australian Conservation
Foundation and the Centre for Environmental Law and Community
Rights (CELCOR) released a report that highlights human rights abuses and
corruption in PNG's large scale forestry sector.
Greenpeace has prepared a
response to the allegations against us and others in order to
set the record straight. RH, it appears, can't handle the truth
that large scale industrial operations, like those it runs in PNG
are having a disastrous affect on PNG's forests and people.
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