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Sustainable foresty a growing industry in PNG

Sustainable foresty a growing industry in PNG

Updated 5 April 2013, 17:24 AEDT

Sustainable' and 'forestry' are not words that you expect to use in the same sentence when talking about logging in Papua New Guinea.

But one company, Cloudy Bay Sustainable Forestry Limited, is aiming to leave less of a footprint on the forest than many of PNG's logging operators.

For the past 6 years it has been re-orienting itself around the goal of being a sustainable forestry company, with 100 per cent local value added.

The company now employs 400 people.

Rob de Fegely is Chairman of the Australian Insitute of Foresters and Chairman of Cloudy Bay.

He told Jemima Garrett that after studying the forests in the companies licence area they decided to cut the target harvest from 60,000 square metres a year to 48,000 square metres.

Presenter: Jemima Garrett

Speaker: Chairman of Cloudy Bay Sustainable Forestry Limited, Rob de Fegely

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