PNG's timber authority concerned about new Australian law on logging | Pacific Beat

PNG's timber authority concerned about new Australian law on logging

PNG's timber authority concerned about new Australian law on logging

Updated 22 November 2012, 18:19 AEDT

The PNG Forest authority is worried a new Australian law setting guidelines on illegal logging, will badly affect its access to the country's biggest markets.

The "Illegal Logging Prohibition Bill 2012" passed through Australia's parliament earlier this week.

The bill includes prohibition which will affect timbers imported from PNG and Indonesia, and both countries are worried it will affect their local industries.

As well as plywood and lumber, PNG is a provider of high value timbers used in artisan furniture and craft industries.

But while it's Forest Authority tried to get one of those involved in writing the bill to investigate the standards and laws in place, no such visit was held, and while its limits is still being digested, it fears the worst.

The Managing Director of the Authority Kanawi Pouru spoke to Pacific Correspondent Campbell Cooney.

Presenter:Campbell Cooney

Speaker:Kanawi Pouru, the managing director of PNG's Forest Authority

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