Papua New Guinea Rainforest Illegal Logging and Corruption Studied, Again, But What Is to Be Done?
A new report makes the not so new or startling observation that Papua New Guinea's rainforests are being ravaged in an orgy of illegal and corrupt industrial logging carried out by criminal Malaysian timber cartels. There have been dozens of similar reports over the last nearly 20 years that have made identical observations and are now gathering dust. The problem has not been lack of awareness, but rather a lack of vision and initiative to do something about it.
Forests.org has long contended sprawling industrial logging must be shut down and PNG's entire forest sector transitioned to small scale community based ecoforestry. In my opinion the timber boom is so advanced – with the government bought and environmental community pursuing token, inadequate policies (with the possible recent exception of Greenpeace)- that Papua New Guinea's rainforests are unlikely to survive in an intact, unfragmented condition.
Barring a revolution in thinking and possibly an armed insurrection to stop the industrial criminal pillaging, this ancient rainforest wilderness will surely soon be lost. Trangu, bikpela bagarap kamap long ples na bihaintaim bilong ol pikinini. Sari tumas, stil man pinisim wok pinis, bus igo pinis, na em bai had long karim kaikai. Bai ol asples pait o dai?