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Treating food like stocks and shares is a recipe for disaster

14 Oct 2012

Allowing financiers to gamble with food commodities distorts the market and is a real threat to the world's poor

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Australians involved in PNG land scandal

14 Oct 2012

An Australian-led logging company in Papua New Guinea has been involved in arrangements which have seen more than 2 million hectares of land, much of it pristine forest, taken out of customary ownership.

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Traditional knowledge valuable resource for the Pacific

13 Oct 2012

12 October 2012, CBD COP 11, Hyderabad India - The value of traditional knowledge in the Pacific was acknowledged at the 11th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. Known as Article 8J in the CBD, this strengthens the role of traditional knowledge in contributing to the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity.

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How mass tourism is destroying Bali

12 Oct 2012

Locals say Bali could soon be unrecognisable as an idyllic location due to the cumulated effects of mass tourism, frenzied consumption and an ecological disaster.

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PNG Paga Hill relocation was "legitimate", developers insist

12 Oct 2012

The Paga Hill Development Company has insisted the forced relocation of a settlement in Port Moresby, PNG was legitimate.

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Vanuatu: All Land Laws to be Reviewed

8 Oct 2012

Works are underway inside the Lands Department to review all existing land related laws.

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Oxfam warns of rising land grabs in developing nations

5 Oct 2012

LAND purchases by rich nations in the developing world are swallowing up as much as a third of some African states, undercutting efforts to raise food production, Oxfam has warned.

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Legal protection for Pacific traditions

2 Oct 2012

The Pacific region has a rich collection of traditions - from art and dance to local medicines - but now there are fears those ancient rituals could be exploited by others if they're not legally protected.

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We don’t pay no taxes! Harmony reveals how foreign mining companies avoid paying for PNG gold

2 Oct 2012

While Australia is hiking up the taxes mining companies must pay and many South American countries are moving to nationalize foreign owned mines to ensure the benefits from mining remain on-shore, PNG politicians continue to allow mining companies to literally run off with our gold and silver avoiding any tax at all.

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Landgrabbing worsens hunger: Communities resisting land grabs to commemorate ‘World Foodless Day’

2 Oct 2012

Landgrabbing worsens hunger: Communities resisting land grabs to commemorate ‘World Foodless Day’

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