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Papua New Guinea suspends controversial grants of community forest lands to foreign corps via @mongabay

Papua New Guinea suspends controversial grants of community forest lands to foreign corps via @mongabay

Scientists urge Papua New Guinea to declare moratorium on massive forest clearing (04/19/2011) Forests spanning an area larger than Costa Rica—5.6 million hectares (13.8 million acres)—have been handed out by the Papua New Guinea government to foreign corporations, largely for logging. Granted under government agreements known as Special Agricultural and Business Leases (SABLs), the land leases circumvent the nation's strong laws pertaining to communal land ownership. Now, the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC), the world's largest professional society devoted to studying and conserving tropical forests, is urging the Papua New Guinea government to declare a moratorium on SABLs. 5 million hectares of Papua New Guinea forests handed to foreign corporations (03/23/2011) During a meeting in March 2011 twenty-six experts—from biologists to social scientis...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0516-png_sabls.html

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