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Land owner Lauto to sue sister-in-law for fraud

11 Sep 2012

In 2010 the Efate Island Court granted the customary right on behalf of Family Itai Lauto to his second born son Bernard to take care and have the right to distribute the custom properties belonging to the late Erakor businessman Itai Lauto.

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Chief opposes experimental seabed mining

10 Sep 2012

A paramount chief who is also a scientist has joined in the push to stop the Government from issuing a mining license to Nautilus Minerals for its Solwara One project.

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Benefits from mining in Papua New Guinea – where do they go?

10 Sep 2012

The National Research Institute (NRI) has published an interesting study of the economic benefits from the Porgera Gold Mine over its lifetime, see NRI Discussion Paper No 124, Peter Johnson, Lode Shedding: A Case Study of the Economic Benefits to the Landowners, The Provincial Government, and the State from the Porgera Gold Mine, Background and financial flows from the mine at NRI (available directly here [pdf]).

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Myths about industrial agriculture

7 Sep 2012

Reports trying to create doubts about Organic Agriculture are suddenly flooding the media. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, people are fed up of the corporate assault of toxics and GMOs. Secondly people are turning to organic agriculture and organic food as a way to end the toxic war against the Earth and our bodies.

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PNG urged to eliminate corruption before major resources revenue flow

5 Sep 2012

Former Papua New Guinea Treasurer, Bart Philemon, says the government must act urgently to eliminate corruption before the earnings from the huge resource developments start flowing in.

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8000 sign PANG petition to block experimental sea bed mining

30 Aug 2012

A petition bearing more than 8000 signatures is being circulated among Forum participants this week as part of a regional effort to arrest seabed mining projects in the Pacific

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PNG locals fight sea mining project

30 Aug 2012

The ocean floor is the last great frontier for the resources sector. But what could be the world's first deep sea gold and copper mine is mired in controversy. The battlelines are drawn, one and a half kilometres under the Bismarck Sea off Papua New Guinea. Canadian miner Nautilus Minerals says risks are low but locals say it will pollute the water on which they they rely so heavily.

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Pacific CSO’s call for moratorium on deep seabed mining

29 Aug 2012

A day before the regional framework on sea-bed mining is launched in Rarotonga, a group of Pacific civil society organisation have released a legal opinion calling for a moratorium on deep sea mining (DSM).

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Dept of Lands still issuing SABL leases

24 Aug 2012

Despite a government Moratorium and a Commission of Inquiry the Department of Lands is still issuing Special Purpose Agricultural and Business Leases (SABL) over customary land.

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PNG land grab update

23 Aug 2012

It is expected that the final report of the Commission of Inquiry into Special Agricultural and Business Leases (SABLs) will shortly be tabled in Papua New Guinea’s national parliament, but no one yet knows what it will recommend, let alone whether Peter O’Neill’s new government will act on those recommendations.

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