A major new report suggests illegal logging in Papua New Guinea is more extensive than is generally understood and is ‘a serious impediment’ to Australian aid programs.
The report, Rough Trade, from The Australian Institute in Canberra, says:
Illegal logging is a major cause of deforestation and environmental destruction; it undermines nations’ efforts to manage forest resources for a sustainable industry, destroys the livelihood of forest-dwellers and costs governments large sums in lost revenue. It fosters corruption and is associated with organised crime and violence.
Continued illegal logging demonstrates that governments cannot protect their forest resources and it undermines their credibility for participation in the REDD mechanism.