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New satellite images and analysis reveal extent of SABL scam

October 27, 2015 Leave a comment Go to comments

We all know the SABL leases are a scam. Even the Prime Minister and his Chief Secretary have had to publicly admit that

So why has nothing been done to cancel the leases and return the land to its customary owners?

Money and corruption – that is the simple reason

The logging companies are making millions from their illegal logging operations and the politicians are being paid to ensure the forest clearances are not interrupted.

Look at this graph produced by Global Witness showing the level of log exports from SABL areas: sabl log exports

One third of PNG log exports now come from SABL areas, earning the logging companies US$ 120 million a year.

And look at the increases – the amount of logging INCRESED DRAMATICALLY once the Commission of Inquiry started and INCREASED AGAIN once the Commission reports were given to the PM.

In the 28 months since the government received those reports in June 2013 nothing has been done to stop the logging –  indeed the National Forest Board has continued to issue and renew the logging licences!

And what about the logging operations themselves? Aren’t the logging companies just clearing forest to plant oil palm?


Just look at this stalitte image showing the logging in one SABL area in East Sepik!

turubu logging

Over 55,000 hectares of forest has been cleared while only 100 hectares (less than 2%) is being used for oil palm. And one-third of the logging is actually OUTSIDE the SABL boundary!!!

All this logging is clearly illegal yet the government and the National Forest Board are letting it happen… and WE ALL KNOW WHY!

  1. October 27, 2015 at 9:03 am

    How do we stop them.

  2. Shane Clark
    October 28, 2015 at 7:38 am

    It is not only the SABLs that are a problem. In our area we have so called land owner companies with self appointed chairmen logging in a TRP. There has not been an AGM or a financial report back to the landowners in years. They do not respect the land owners wishes and if a clan does not want an area cut they just get someone else to sign the consent form.

  1. January 15, 2016 at 10:46 am

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