COMMUNITY advocacy group Act Now! has welcomed the forthcoming APEC meeting of forestry ministers to be held in Port Moresby in October.
“This is the first APEC ministers meeting to be held in Papua New Guinea and will be an excellent opportunity to remind the region of our government’s terrible record on the SABL land grab and illegal logging,” said Act Now! campaign coordinator, Eddie Tanago (pictured).
Mr Tanago said foreign logging companies, unscrupulous public servants and small groups of greedy leaders have exploited the concept of agriculture leases to steal more than five million hectares of land from customary landowners.