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Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea gained independence from Australia in 1975 and is one of the ethnically most diverse countries worldwide. More than 87% of the rural populations live off farming, and agriculture contributes about 28% to the national GDP.  Furthermore, the country generates revenues from the large-scale export of mineral resources, oil, gas, and timber.
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Land Area
45,286,000 ha
3,677.5 USD
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The Angry Communities

18 November 2021

ONE year ago, on July 27, 2020, three tribes who live around the border between Indonesia’s Kampung Naga area in Boven Digoel, Papua, and Kampung Kuem in Papua New Guinea, sent a claim letter to Tunas Timber Lestari. Representatives of the Kuranop, Ekogi, and Gembenop tribes protested against…

Deforestation by Design in Papua

17 November 2021

President Joko Widodo claimed that deforestation in Indonesia is at its lowest point in the past 20 years. Indonesia’s Nationally Determined Contribution emissions reduction report to the United Nations said that there were only 39,285 hectares of deforested areas in 2013 to 2020. A Tempo…

CPS & ICRAF support opposition to sand mine

5 May 2021

The Catholic Professionals Society PNG in association with the Individual & Community Rights Advocacy Forum support the opposition to the proposed sand mining in Madang and PNG. This was highlighted in a press conference that was held in Port Moresby today. A statement from the press conference…

Papua New Guinea


85% of the country’s land is under customary tenure

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This Is Our Land: Why Reject the Privatisation of Customary Land

This Is Our Land: Why Reject the Privatisation of Customary Land

20 July 2021

WHY REJECT CUSTOMARY LAND PRIVATISATION  Most of the world’s land is still stewarded by communities under customary systems. Billions of people rely on communally managed farmland, pasture, forests and savannahs for their livelihoods.  This collective management of resources is viewed in the…