PNG authorities weigh future of controversial oil palm project | Pacific Beat

PNG authorities weigh future of controversial oil palm project

PNG authorities weigh future of controversial oil palm project

Updated 28 August 2014, 8:17 AEST

The National Forest Board in Papua New Guinea is considering whether a Malaysian palm oil company can continue to log virgin rainforest.

The clear-felling around Pomio on the island of New Britain has been hotly contested by some locals and by international groups like Greenpeace and Global Witness.

But the company, RH, claims to have local support for its plan which it says will bring jobs, infrastructure and long term investment.

To complicate matters further a Commission of Inquiry into such agricultural projects in PNG has recommended almost all leases be revoked, but there was no recommendation for Pomio because one of the three Commissioners involoved simply never handed in his findings.

PNG Correspondent Liam Cochrane reports.

Reporter: Liam Cochrane, PNG Correspondent

Speakers: Rick Jacobsen, Researcher, Global Witness; Axel Wilhelm, Manager Coroporate Policy, Rimbunan Hijau; Paul Povell, Community Leader, Pomio

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