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PNG commission told of land thefts

30 Jul 2012

Greenpeace says millions of hectares of customary land in PNG have been stolen as a result of controversial Special Agricultural and Business Leases.

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Communal land associations: A perfect solution to land grabbing

30 Jul 2012

Land grabbing in the eyes of government and investors does not exist.

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The Felling of Paradise

29 Jul 2012

The Solomons' abundant forests are under attack by the rich and powerful, writes Rory Callinan

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Vanuatu opposition MPs flag WTO concerns

27 Jul 2012

Opposition MPs in Vanuatu have sent a clear signal that they will use the strength of feeling against the country's membership of the World Trade Organisation as an election issue.

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PNG oil spill 'minor', says company

27 Jul 2012

Papua New Guinea's biggest oil and gas producer has halted loading at one of its offshore terminals because of a minor oil spill.

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Call for island nations to cut aid reliance.

25 Jul 2012

As the member nations of the Pacific Islands' Forum prepare for the annual leaders meeting, there's been a new call for them to look seriously at reducing their reliance on development aid.

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Indigenous Pacific tribes meet on climate change

24 Jul 2012

Representatives of Indigenous Pacific tribes are planning to meet on a regular basis, to share information about how their coastal communities deal with rising sea waters.

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Kanak chiefs study Vanuatu land issues

23 Jul 2012

The secretary-general of New Caledonia’s Customary Senate, Jean-Louis Mahe, says Kanak chiefs will make their contribution to the land use debate when the Noumea Accord enters its final phase in 2014.

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Bougainville Landowners speak out on latest moves with Rio Tinto mine

19 Jul 2012

Landowners are meeting on Papua New Guinea's island of Bougainville to pave the way for the return of mining giant Rio-Tinto.

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MIFEE: The stealthy face of conflict in West Papua

19 Jul 2012

West Papua, the easternmost island under Indonesia's control, is a land beset by troubles. Rarely a week goes by without news of some new tragedy in a relentless conflict that has endured and evolved over fifty years

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