SABL – How the PNG Government is taking your land

5 Apr 2011

Video by SoulPNG. Special Agriculture Business Lease (SABL) - is the new method the Papua New Guinea Government is using to take land away from customary owners. The leases are granted fro 99 years without the knowledge and consent of landowners. In 2010, more than 2 million hectares was stolen. That number has gone up to 5 million hectares as of January 2011. The common scenario: landowners are promised agriculture projects on their land but the company also says they need to clear-fell in order to develop the land. Before you know it, the company is harvesting logs and making its way to new areas. the 99-year Special Agriculture Leases mean landowners lose control of their land for three generations! (VIDEO IN TOK PISIN)