Armed police have escorted three of our activists off a ship in Papua New Guinea. The activists had stopped the ship, bound for China, from loading illegally logged timber from the Paradise Forest. They remained harnessed to a crane onboard the vessel for more than 55 hours and are now safely back on the Greenpeace ship, Esperanza.This peaceful direct action highlighted the impact of deforestation on climate change and was supported by many local people who joyously watched from boats, singing and dancing.
Activists from the Esperanza, assisted by local land owners, halt the loading of illegally logged trees onto the 'Harbour Gemini' ship from the rainforests of Papua New Guinea.
The ship, Harbour Gemini, was loading timber at Paia in the Gulf
Province when three activists from Papua New Guinea and one from
New Zealand climbed a loading crane to hang a huge banner reading
'Protect Forests, Save Our Climate'.
We took peaceful action in the
Paradise Forests at the invitation of local
View a slideshow of images from the first day of action
Protecting forests saves our climate.
Forest destruction accounts for around
20 percent of the world's global greenhouse gas emissions every
year. Logging in Papua New Guinea's (PNG) rainforests is out of
"We've stopped the loading of this shipment with support from
resource owners whose rainforest, which they depend upon for
survival, is being destroyed."
Sam Moko, Greenpeace forest campaigner, on board
the Harbour Gemini logging ship
These ancient forests need to be protected to save our climate
and we asking the Papua New Guinea government to establish a
moratorium on any new large-scale logging concessions or
PNG's record of corruption and lies
The PNG government has been asking for international money to
protect its forests and benefit the global climate. But still
illegal and destructive logging continues.
The government has a very poor forest management record, wrapped
in accusations of corruption and misappropriation of funds.
Recently, logging companies allegedly paid US$67 million into a
government minister's private Singapore bank account. If Papua New
Guinea is seeking carbon financing support to save their forest,
there must be an investigation into these allegations.
Locals demand an investigation
Local resource owners in the region have repeatedly asked the
government for 13 years to investigate documented breaches of
forestry laws by Turama Forest Industries, a
Rimbunan Hijau Group company. Yet nothing has been done.
Kemaru Garry Bissue, Chairman of the Kikori Environmental
Association and a landowner from the Kibiri tribe said "We are here
to protest the total disrespect of Turama Forest Industries and
their logging agreement with our people. The company has abused our
sacred sites, polluted our river, logged too close to our villages,
made our food resources scarce and is withholding payments of
PNG's forests are being destroyed at an alarming rate. One out
of every four tropical hardwood logs imported into China comes from
PNG. Most of the logs are processed into plywood and re-exported to
large markets, including Europe
The European Commission will soon be proposing a new law to
exclude illegally-harvested timber products from the EU market. We
are calling on the EU to adopt new and binding laws to ensure all
wood products placed on its market come from legal and well-managed
Ask the EU ban illegal timber.
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